Courtesy Edward Brophy

Google has selected Forest Park School District 91 Director of Instructional Technology James Eichmiller as an attendee at the next Google Teacher Academy, to be held in Chicago, Illinois on July 24, 2013.

The Google Teacher Academy is a two­day intensive program that recognizes educators who are doing innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology, and I was honored to be selected and represent our town of Forest Park. 50 participants will get hands­on 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 K­12 educators in their local regions and beyond.

James is thrilled to be among those selected, stating “I am excited to have the opportunity to attend Google Teacher Academy ­ it is an outstanding program and look forward to sharing what I learn with the educators here at Forest Park School District 91”.

Google Certified Teachers are exceptional K­12 educators with a passion for using innovative tools to improve teaching and learning, as well as creative leaders and ambassadors for change. They are recognized experts and widely admired for their commitment to high expectations for students, lifelong learning and collaboration.

The topic of integrating technology into education is a controversial yet vital conversation we all need to be having.

The Google Certified Teacher program was launched in 2006 with the first Academy held at Google headquarters in Mountain View. The program has since held several academies across the US, Australia, and U.K., expanding the ranks of Google Certified Teachers to over 800 educators worldwide. The Google Teacher Academy is produced by Google, in collaboration with Computer­Using Educators (CUE, Inc), an educational non­profit organization.
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