Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Geography instructor chosen for Google Teacher Academy

John Bailey (pictured at right) , who teaches geography for SNRAS, has been selected to attend the next Google Teacher Academy in Sydney, Australia, May7-8.

The Google Teacher Academy is a two-day intensive program that recognizes educators who are doing innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology. The participants get hands-on experience with Google's products and technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies and receive resources to share with colleagues. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other educators in their local regions and beyond.

The Google Certified Teacher program was launched in 2006 with the first Academy held at Google headquarters in Mountain View. The program has since held several academies across the U.S., Australia and the U.K. Only 50 participants are accepted into each academy, from hundreds of worldwide applications.

Google Certified Teachers are exceptional educators with a passion for using innovative tools to improve teaching and learning, as well as creative leaders and ambassadors for change. They are recognized experts and widely admired for their commitment to high expectations for students, lifelong learning and collaboration.

Dr. Bailey is a research assistant professor for Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning. He earned a master's in physics with space science and systems at the University of Kent at Canterbury, a master's in geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a doctorate in geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He volunteers at SNRAS geography education events, where he shares Google Earth technology with children and adults.

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