Late in the day on Friday I received an e-mail from the folks at Google containing the agenda for the 2009 Google teacher academy in Boulder, CO. It looks to be a full and exciting day!
8:00 - 8:30 Reception Breakfast
8:30 - 9:15 Welcome and Overview
9:15 - 9:45 Search
9:45 - 10:15 Google Apps: Education Edition
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:15 Breakout #1: Google Apps, Docs, Sites, Others
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 1:30 Inspiring Idea #1: Google Apps, Moodle, & Mahara
1:30 - 1:45 Inspiring Idea #2: Spreadsheet Gadgets
1:45 - 3:30 Breakout #2: Geo Apps, Maps, Earth, SketchUp
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 4:15 Search Curriculum
4:15 - 4:30 Becoming a Google Apps Qualified Trainer
4:30 - 5:30 Even More
5:15 - 6:15 Reflection Activity
6:15 - 7:30 Celebration Dinner
Of particular interest to me is the brief discussion on Google Aps, Moodle, and Mahara. I had not heard of Mahara (open source portfolio web service) until receiving this e-mail, but I took a quick look at it and am very intrigued by the possibilities. This 15 minute segment has also been the topic of several twitter discussions amongst the educators selected to the Boulder GTA.
The anticipation and excitement is building. I'm looking forward to experiencing the Google culture first hand and learning from their creativity!