July 31, 2014

July in Pictures

It's been an amazing month, starting with no power after the July 1st storms and ending with the power of knowledge -- Google Teacher Academy - Mountain View, CA 2014.


Google A-Z

July 31, 2014 Photo (212/365): "Google A-Z"
Take a tour of my Google photos from A to Z...
A = Android
B = Bikes
C = Cupcake 
D = Donut
E = Education
F = Froyo
G = Googleplex
H = Honey
I = Ice Cream Sandwich • J = Jelly Beans • K = Kit Kat
L = Leisure
M = Maps
N = Nexus 7
 O = Optical
Photo via Pinterest (No, I didn't take pictures inside the Googleplex!)
P = Pods
Q = Qualified
R = Road
S = Stan
T = Transportation 
U = Unique
V = View 
W = Wired
X = X Factor
Y = Yellow (& Blue & Red & Green)
Z = ZZZZZ  - I'm exhausted!
(Wish I could try out one of those legendary nap pods ;)

After two intense days of learning, working, and playing with my #gtamtv14 cohort of "Outstanding Educators, Creative Leaders, and Ambassadors for Change" -- an group of awesome people, I'm exhausted! Time to pack and get a good night's sleep. Monday, I return to Pewaukee as a Google Certified Teacher, ready to work hard and inspire others to iterate and innovate with Google. Thank you to my new Google family for an awesome adventure! 

GTAMTV14

July 30, 2014 Photo (211/365): "Day 1 of GTA MTV"
Outstanding Educators • Creative Leaders • Ambassadors for Change  • There is no box! • Moonshot Thinking •  Solving for X • Google Classroom • HyperDocs • Thinking Inside the Sphere  • Google Iron Chef • All Aboard the Magic Google Bus  • Problems of Practice • Defining Challenges • Inspiring Ideas • MTV Video Teaching Awards • Minute to Win It • Google Culture • Magic Moments • Pinning Ceremony • Celebrations... I can't believe I'm actually here!
So much Google swag
What an amazing ride it's been...
Everything is blue and red and yellow and green... and Everything is Awesome!
July 29, 2014

Learning

July 29, 2014 Photo (210/365): "Learning"

I spotted this sculpture in San Francisco at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus avenues. Research revealed that Language of the Birds by artists Brian Gogginand and Dorka Keehn, depicts a flock of 23 illuminated books "flying" over the North Beach street corner. Solar panels on the roof of the nearby City Lights Bookstore power the books' LED lights that scatter patterns on the street below. Passing under the flock, pedestrians will see words and phrases inspired by the neighborhood's legendary Beat poets, San Francisco Renaissance poets, and Chinese writers. I wish I were walking so that I could read the poetry. According to SF State Magazine, in Kabala, Renaissance magic, and alchemy, the language of the birds was used to communicate with those initiated into profound secrets -- the key to perfect knowledge. This seems like such an appropriate symbol (albeit low tech) for the next two days as I experience GTA MTV. Let the learning begin!

Apple Campus at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino California
(Is that bad? I love both Google & Apple!)
Learning straight ahead...
July 28, 2014

Carmel

July 28, 2014 Photo (209/365): "Fairytale Cottage"

Today, we were on the road by 5:00 am to beat the traffic south through San Francisco. We made it to Carmel-by-the-Sea before anything was open, so we started our day with a walk along the beach. We were so lucky to witness a pod of about a dozen dolphins playing a few hundred feet from shore. The locals walking their dogs said that it had be years since they'd seen so many dolphins. Later, we strolled through the quaint town, window shopping and spotting the "fairytale cottages," designed by Hugh Comstock in the 1920s. After lunch, we drove along 17 Mile Road which hugs the coast of the Monterey Peninsula through Pebble Beach, Lone Cypress, Seal Rock, and Monterey before heading north on the Pacific Coast Highway. What a nice way to end our California vacation!