When I first heard about Google Teacher Academy it was a USA-only event where educators got together and were introduced to various Google products to be use within the classroom. I was late at discovering that Google had since started running the academies in parts of Europe and that this year it was to be in London but I was in enough time to put an entry together.
As part of the application process you have to create a 1 minute video on a topic; the topic I chose was ‘Motivation and Learning’. You can see my video entry here:
Unfortunately I did not secure a place at the London 2012 academy although after speaking to some other teacher’s on Twitter it seemed that the majority of emphasis was the amount of people you would have the opportunity to train, as a NQT I did not have very many opportunities for this.
On reflection I think I was overly distracted by the video’s appearance and demonstrating a certain amount of skill in this area, an area where I am not a specialist and in future I would focus more on the message. The message is definitely present in my original video but when planning it the focus was definitely on the form of the presentation.