Google Teacher Academy UK 2012: My Reflections and the Future

  • Chana

    How can I apply for next one?

  • S.A.Tomal

    Good and impressive.
    Focusing on what sets you apart from other providers is crucial. So many things
    like to go straight to the bottom line and use it as a basis of comparison.


  • Catie

    Thank you for sharing your reflections. I think it is so great that a corporation as big as Google is working toward the betterment of students and their education. I’m not familiar with GTA though. Do they have assemblies around the world, every year? How do they choose the educators that are able to come? It’s kind of unfortunate they only have 50 there – if they could open it up to more educators around the world! That’d be great! Thanks again for sharing.

  • Thomas Vanhoutte

    Nice initiative from Google. Great article btw.

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  • Steph Ladbrooke (@learnbuzz)

    Great post Tom – thanks!  GTAUK was fantastic in many ways & it was very special to me to have the opportunity to be there & to learn from truly awesome educators.  What a great idea to have three big events every year here.  I too would love for others to have the opportunity to experience the Google Teacher Academy and really hope that GTA will be developed in this way. 

  • Lucy Jayes

    Thanks for a great post and I whole heartedly agree with you about trying to get more opportunities like this avaliable for teachers and advisors in the UK. I am still green with envy that my colleague got a place, although am very lucky that he is sharing all the inspiration and ideas as much as he can. I am sure you will succeed in your challenge of getting more events like this hosted in the UK and I for one will be in the queue for a place!

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  • CD

    Thank you for sharing this post and for expressing what I am sure so many others feel.  I applied for a place in this year’s academy, however I did not make the shortlist.  After reading so many tweets and blog posts about the amazing learning and inspiration from so many educators, I just know that I will try again whenever the opportunity presents itself.  It would be fantastic if there were more events like this,for educators to continue both their own learning, as well as that of the communities within which they work.
    So thank you very much for your efforts in trying to make this happen.

  • Emma

    More chances to attend GTAUK would be fabulous – thank you for your continued hard work to bring it to the UK and keep it coming back. I love the idea of GTAUK and understand that they can’t accommodate everyone but do feel that there are a lot of really fab teachers and educators who could benefit from a greater chance to attend this kind of event.


  • Mike Lane

    I completely agree with you James. Holding the event more regularly would give those passionate, innovative teachers an opportunity to share their students’ memorable learning moments and network with other like minded professionals who actively use technology to enhance the learning experience 

  • Gsussex21

    To give the opportunity to more teachers would be excellent!

  • James Wilding

    As a #GTAUK delegate, I can only affirm Tom’ comments about the event, being a great opportunity to work with and learn from Google’s engineers.
    From a school leader’s perspective, what surprised me most was to learn that so many EdTech greats make amazing impacts in their classrooms and schools despite their bosses, not because of them.
    So that is why I would support this call for a substantial UK expansion of Google academy work. I’d retain the application process and requirement to work for the greater good, but I’d love the excitement, the ‘Learning Slam’, to spread as rapidly as possible.