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Happy Dance - GTA Acceptance

Today's the day,

The acceptance and thank you for applying emails for GTA (Google Teacher Academy ) in Sydney have been sent out.  I was frantically refreshing email on my phone constantly this morning until this came through .

I am so grateful to be accepted to what is going to be an awesome event.  This got me thinking about how we can create that kind of excitement in the children we teach, how can we make them feel a sense of achievement, pride, excitement beyond just being happy.  I think it's so important to create that for our students.   Watch this space... This is a topic I'm really interested in at the moment.

#edchatnz Blogging Meme

Thank you Janna Brewster (@jannabrewsterNZ) for the tag in the #edchatNZ Blogging Meme!
If you get included in the blogging meme: copy/paste the questions and instructions into your own blog then fill out your own answers. Share on Twitter by tagging 5 friends and using #edchatnz. Make sure you send your answers back to whomever tagged you, too!

1. How did you attend the #edchatnz Conference? (Face 2 Face, followed online or didn't)
I was lucky enough to go to both days Face to Face, what an awesome conference and managed to catch a few tweets online too.

2. How many others attended from your school or organisation?
Just me, I managed to get a ticket early on and wanted to bring a few more along but we missed out on more tickets as we were a bit late getting organised :(.

3.How many #edchatnz challenges did you complete?
I'm pretty sure I didn't complete very many however I really enjoyed the chance to meet a few people from the primary and secondary sector as well as getting to …

Sharing Treasures

I love this tool!

I hadn't done a lot more that just played around with Google Maps Engine before today, talking with a colleague last night thought got me thinking about all the possibilities for a map using our construct for the year 'Treasure' so today I tried it out with a year 5/6 class.

This was their first go at using Maps Engine and like many students they didn't need too much instruction on how to get things started.  We didn't have a lot of time but we've got the beginnings of a great treasure map here....

The idea is that the students will continue to add treasures to their map.  We've started by talking and looking at treasures that are close to us and the students have added placemarks to show this on the map.   Over the coming weeks we'll be refining this adding photos and videos and creating a few more layers within the map to categorise our treasures a little more.

I can't wait to get a few more collaborators in on the map too so tha…

GTA Sydney

Here's my application to the Google Teacher Academy in Sydeny (#gtasyd).  Another great experience filling in an application and creating a video.  It made me think about how far our school has come in the last four years .... a long way.

The Video:

How I created it:

iMovieDigital CameraScreenshotsMusic from  It's a fairly simple movie, just a voice over a few photos and a little bit of filming around our school. iMovie is a really simple tool to use once you've played with it a few times, however it's powerful enough to produce some great videos for the classroom and beyond.  Here are a few tutorials that might help get you started if you haven't used it before
Other Applicants Just like the applications for GTAMTV and GTAATL earlier this year there are plenty of great teachers out their applying for the academy.  It's a privilege to be able to take a peak into their classrooms and schools by watching their application videos.  I've pinne…