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Batavia educator selected as part of Google Teacher Academy

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Angie Sutherland, instructional technologist for Batavia School District 101, knows the importance of using technology to help students learn.

Sutherland recently was selected to be part of the next Google Teacher Academy, which will be July 24 in Chicago. Only 50 people have been selected to be part of the academy, which recognizes educators for using technology in innovative ways.

She said she was honored to be selected.

“I was not expecting to be accepted,” Sutherland said. “I know people who have been rejected multiple times.”

At the beginning of the school year, Sutherland helped implement an iPad program at Alice Gustafson Elementary School. Each fifth-grader received a third-generation iPad to use during the school day.

In addition, about 100 Rotolo Middle School sixth-grade students received Google Chromebooks this spring to use during the school day as part of a pilot program.

“Through technology, we want to give them a more personal learning experience,” Sutherland said. “We want to use technology to transform the way kids are learning.”

As part of the two-day Google Teacher Academy, participants will get hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learn instructional strategies and receive resources to share with colleagues.

The Google Teacher Academy is produced by Google, in collaboration with Computer-Using Educators, an educational nonprofit organization. The academy was launched in 2006.

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