Here's a quick post for those interested in drinking some Google Kool-aid this summer. For the few readers that I see from other countries, you might be interested in attending the next Google Teacher Academy in...London! I loved GTA Washington D.C., but London would have been amazing (and a slightly more expensive plane ride). For those who are unfamiliar with GTA, it's a free 2-day (one full/planned, one half/free form) workshop where you'll be inundated wtih lessons, experiences, and enthusiasm surrounding all things Google that can be related to education. The application process (due June 17th) is fairly painless - a few qusetions and a short one-minute video. I'm not sure how competitive London will be, but previous GTA's have accepted about 1 in every 5 or 6. Even if you can't make it, or are not accepted, Google makes nearly all of the materials available on their website, and these are open to anyone.
Another opportunity is the first ever Google Geo Teachers Institute. One of the biggest complaints about GTA was that there was so much to discuss, and topics involving Google Earth, Maps, and Sketch-up would often be relegated to a quick 15-minute presentation or an informal discussion table. Well, here's your chance to get 2 full days of hands-on experience and instructional strategies with those very same products. Best of all, it's in Mountain View! Well, best that is if you're based in the West Coast. This native Midwesterner is probably going to have to wait for a Chicago institute hopefully in the future. The application process (due June 7th) is nearly identical to that of GTA, so get working on that video. I expect Google will see a lot of "flying" in Google Earth through those videos.