My #GoogleEI journey
From #BETT2017 to #SWE17
Once upon a time, there was a boy … well, that’s me. Everything started at BETT 2017. I went there to make a presentation about my own #edtech experience (Tip: It is so important sharing your own experience out of your school limits because then you learn from other teachers too)
One day there, I met Gonzalo Romero, Xavier Blanché, Òscar Secorun and Montse Jiménez (Tip: #PLN is a must. Meeting new people from other schools, places, education companies… because later you can share, ask or anything you need easily -online, social media…-) and we started to talk about professional development for educators with the Google For Education Certification and at that moment I had lots of education activities going on. I thought “no more headches”.
Some weeks later I had a tough injury in my ankle playing soccer (Tip: as a teacher, I do regularly some physical exercise, it is absolutely important. The Roman poet Juvenal was so right “Mens sana in corpore sano” usually translated as “a healthy mind in a healthy body”) so then I had to spend more time than usual at home… I thought I can try to prepare and certify on “Level 1”. I did it and I got it. My motivation started to grow as I realised while doing this certification how many options and possibilities I had with my school activities adn how my students could improve using them.
Later I got “Level 2”, then “Google Trainer”… and during summer time I thought: what about trying to apply for “Google Innovator” Certified Program ? (in october, the Cohort would be held in Stockholm, Sweden). I wasn’t sure at all if I was able to do it (Tip: for sure, you can do whatever you want to do, it is so important your own motivation and obviously, you do have fun doing it).
In August I talked about it with Rosa Liarte and we shared some thoughts about ours projects. I applied for it and I was chosen (Rosa too). So Sweden 2017 Google Cohort was waiting for me. If somebody has told me that in January I wouldn’t have believed them but it was for real.
That week in October in Stockholm at Google headquarters was absolutely great. I met people from all over the world (Tip: There are lots of teachers who want to change education in the 21st century, so search for them, find them and share together. You will not regret it, for sure.)
Before going there I had to prepare an #edtech project and during those days, we shared each one’s project and learned together. “The Wall-less Classroom” is the name of mine.
After #SWE17 Cohort I got a Google Mentor who is helping me in all the way in order for this project to become real and useful. Thanks Eleni Kyritsis for everything.
If you want to know a bit more about the project, feel free to have a look at it and I will be very pleased if you want to tell me your thoughts, opinions or anything that you deem might be useful for it.
If you want to see some photos about
- how we did work there, have a look at this FOLDER
- how Stockholm Google Offices look like, have a look at this FOLDER
In short, as an Art History teacher I have to say “otra forma de enseñARTE es posible” (another way of teaching is possible). This is my last but not least tip.
My best wishes to you all for this 2018, and as I like saying to my students “Good luck in the Art of life!”
PS: Thanks Bibiana Vargas for reviewing this text. Another gReat person from my #PLN