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Congratulations Dave & Abid - Google Innovator

Posted on: 8th May 2019 by: ANME

Congratulations to Dave Leonard and Abid Patel, for being accepted as a Google Innovator for #LON19!

The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program supports educators in developing new projects for their classrooms and school districts. Members participate in a year-long mentorship program that begins with workshops called Innovator Academies where teachers, coaches and Google experts learn from each other.

It involves a three-day process at the Google offices in London in July where Dave, along with thirty-five other Innovators from around the world, will look at Google's 'Design Thinking' methodologies and then spend twelve months working on an issue that they have identified. They will have the support of a mentor, either from Google, or a previously graduated Google Innovator, in applying the Google approach to our issue.

"The application process involved showing how we were advocates for Google, a big part of my application featured the ANME in this area, and producing a video introducing ourselves and our issue. The applications were then scored and 36 of us have been successful and will work together at the academy.

Everyone who I spoke to about it beforehand warned me that it's unusual for someone to have their first application accepted (some who have got in this time were on their fifth application), so I really wasn't expecting to be accepted!

I'm really excited to see how Google work, and to work with inspiring educators from around the world. There are people from Canada, the USA, and Spain on the cohort, along with a number of UK based people. It will be interesting to see how the issues that different nationalities face compare."

Dave Leonard
ANME Ambassador

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