|David Theriault, one of our many amazing lead learners.|
Photo courtesy of Brian Briggs.
Without further ado, here are the top ten things that I heard several times, in one form or another, and seem to have "stuck" with me:
|A panoramic view of Google HQ|
|A photo of "Stan", the T-Rex on Campus.|
There are flamingoes all over him...Google encourages its employees to have FUN at work.
|Google Campus....it looks like this all over the place.|
I noted above that the professional learning was amazing, so how do I describe the people I met and worked with? Amazing times 10! Everyone, including our lead learners and organizers, were kind, passionate, and motivational. Before our arrival, +David Theriault (one of our lead learners and the one who referred to the Canadians as #Maplesyrupedu) suggested to us that we meet and speak with as many people as possible during our time in Mountain View. Boy oh boy, was he right. I took his words to heart and took every opportunity to introduce myself to whoever crossed my path. Everyone else took him seriously as well, as I observed people connecting with others and experienced being approached by many members of the cohort. I am grateful for the ‘risk’ they took in seeking me out and look forward to the collegiality and growth that will most certainly come from the connections that were created at the GTA. I am inspired and honoured to be part of this group of educators.
|After reading many of his blog posts and tweets, I finally got to meet David Theriault.|
|JR Ginex-Orinion (standing) and Jon Corripo (red shirt)|
leading us through the "Are You a Google Iron Chef?" session.
The Teacher Academy wasn't all about work, there was a lot of play as well. We certainly had fun throughout our two days together. There were lots of laughs as we worked together and learned about each other.
|The slide in the main entrance foyer!|
|One of the many Google bikes around the Mountain View campus. Employees are dropped off on campus and then hop on a bike and get to their particular building/work area.|
|Michelle Armstrong and I grabbing a snack from one of the many Micro Kitchens before heading to our next session. Michelle is also CANADIAN!|
|With a little bit of free time at lunch we decided to have a seat in one of the many outside areas set up for reflection and or collaboration.|
|Canadian Google Certified Teachers, Mountain View 2014.|
|Google Teacher Academy, Mountain View, 2014 Cohort.|
|Speaking of tight knit, in walks +Jaime Casap to sit down and chat with the group. I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to speak to him and get a photo.|