A Juvenile Court and Community Schools teacher was picked to attend the Google Teacher Academy this month as recognition for the innovative and exciting things he's doing with technology in his classroom.
Mark Rounds, who teaches at the Metro Technology Academy, will attend the intensive, two-day program in Mountain View July 30 and 31.
"My participation will help me to further my goal to become a more fully realized educator for myself, for teachers in my district, and ultimately for our truly at-risk students," Rounds said.
He has been teaching for Juvenile Court and Community Schools for 15 years. He developed a blended-hybrid independent-study program at Metro Technology Academy for students on probation.
"Tech is power in my classroom," he said in his application video for the academy. "It gives my students who have been voiceless opportunities to express their unique, challenging, dynamic, real, and raw voices with their peers, with the world."
Rounds and 34 other participants will 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.
"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," according to Google. "They are recognized experts and widely admired for their commitment to high expectations for students, lifelong learning and collaboration."
The Google Certified Teacher program was launched in 2006 at Google headquarters in Mountain View. The program has since held academies across the U.S., Australia, and U.K., expanding the ranks of Google Certified Teachers to over 800 worldwide. The Google Teacher Academy is produced by Google, in collaboration with Computer-Using Educators, an educational nonprofit organization.