Hello I'm Jeff Crews, a Google Certified Teacher from the GTAMTV 2012 class. I am co-founder of a company called Beyond the Chalk, serving teachers and students in Montana and beyond. Beyond the Chalk was co-founded by two educators who believe in the power of education and the need to continuously provide transformational learning experiences for our teachers and students. We feel technology, when used effectively as a tool by teachers and students, can facilitate change from the traditional form of education to a 21st century paradigm. Beyond the Chalk is committed to providing a set of rich and diverse professional development experiences for all educators. These experiences focus on the integration of technology across grade levels, content domains, and skills levels. We offer trainings around the state and provide school-based professional development as well.
Being accepted to the Google Teacher Academy was am honor and the experience is one I will not soon forget. Not only were we introduced to many different strategies for using Google Tools in education, but more importantly, we were immersed into the "Google Culture." The number of people at GTAMTV that spoke the same language and drank the same Kool-aid, so to speak, was liberating. Everyone there shared the same passion for learning. That is not something that happens often. I hope this experience will serve as a launching pad for our company as we continue to move forward.