Nine primary and secondary teachers, from Wellington, Auckland and Nelson, were part of a group of 51 from 14 countries selected for the two-day Google Teacher Academy in Sydney last week.

A group of technology-savvy Kiwi teachers are now Google-certified after attending an exclusive academy across the ditch.
Nine primary and secondary teachers, from Wellington, Auckland and Nelson, were part of a group of 51 from 14 countries selected for the two-day Google Teacher Academy in Sydney last week.


The company's Asia Pacific head of education, Suan Yeo, has hailed the Kiwi participants' competency in the area of technology, and predicted amazing things once all schools get ultra-fast broadband.


They will join a league of only 1000 teachers around the world to attend the Google academy, which has been teaching participants about online education tools such as blogging, maps and apps since it began three years ago.


A recently SNUP'd School, Tawa Intermediate teacher Stephanie Thompson said being accepted into the academy was "a bit like winning the golden ticket".


Her application included a couple of essays and a video explaining the Wellington school's approach to learning through technology. "It was quite cut-throat to get in."


They participated in "part training, part networking" inside the company's offices at Darling Harbour, where great things happened inside, she said. "Like, did you know Google now has newspaper articles going back to 1850, online?"


The amount of online information "at the kids' fingertips" was great for learning. In fact, her pupils already knew many tricks, including online chatting to her during her trip and tracking her movements through the city.

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