Google Academy draws Rowland Unified teacher to London
Ryan Easton ogled Big Ben and googled the top tourist attractions in London.
Which was only appropriate because the Nogales High teacher was in Britain's capital city for Google's Teacher Academy the first week of April.
Easton was one of only 50 educators from around the world, including six from California and 13 from the United States, chosen for the innovative academy.
Some of the top teachers from around the globe gathered to share their passion for using innovative tools to improve learning. The Internet giant joined the instructors to show them emerging technologies that will help them in the classroom.
"Each academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google's free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment," explains the company website.
The academy is run by Google, in collaboration with CUE and WestEd, both educational nonprofit organizations.
The local social science teacher discovered a professional development experience that will revolutionize his instruction.
"The academy will change the way I teach," the AP teacher said. "I've learned about many new resources to share with my fellow teachers at Nogales."
Easton is already one of the Apple One to One Laptop Learning educators at the Rowland Unified