Google Certified Innovator Application (First Attempt)

Just yesterday, Google for Education announced the first cohort of 2016 for their Google Certified Innovator program. Having applied myself, I was disappointed to learn that I was not selected to take part in this group that will have the amazing opportunity to travel to Mountain View, California in February to go through the Google Innovation Academy with other fellow innovators and representatives from Google. Over the course of the next year, these educators will craft and implement a Google Innovation project across their school or district with the hope of having a tremendous impact on teaching and learning. Although I’m bummed to have not been selected this go around, the good news is that they are announcing the details of their next cohort in March, so I’ll be after it again here soon.

Not wanting the time and effort I put into my last application to go completely unnoticed,  I present to you my proposed innovation project, titled “Tearing Down the Factory”. The problem that this proposal attempts to address deals with the disbanding of the factory model of education which continues to put restraints upon the true learning potential that our students could now possibly experience due to the technology tools that exist in the classroom. I’ll spare you the details, and let my work do the explaining. Along with some other questions and artifacts, the following resources were put together for the application process with the purpose of describing my innovation project in detail:

The Vision Deck

The Sell

The Learning Space

Google puts a lot of stock into the idea of iteration, where an idea continues to evolve and get better over time through the process of trial and error. As an educator, this is a idea that I can get behind, and one that helps to build qualities of resilience, critical thinking and creativity regarding all that we do inside and out of the classroom. I will hold that same principle as I approach this application process, and look forward to building off of this idea so that it holds a bit more water in regards to getting started with the innovation project process.

Challenge accepted.