Google is 10 years old! At the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago, Cristin Frodella informed us that the company is giving away 10 million dollars to people with ideas designed to change the world on a large scale. I think that represents why I am continually impressed with Google; idealism is not dead. I get a similar feeling when I watch TEDTalk videos.
Here is Google's official birthday page and there are a few things worth checking out besides the 10 million dollar project. There's a great timeline of Google's history (wish there was a timeline tool in their stable of apps by the way). There's a 10 Years Out section where Google employees, aka Googlers, post ideas on the future of the company in the official Google blog. Also, regular Joes can submit videos on their favorite tips and tricks for using Google in How I Use Google. I like this simple idea and think students could contribute to this. I'd also love to see this concept applied outside of Google, maybe in the Classroom 2.0 ning... how I use Ning? How I use digital videos in the classroom? How I use social boomarking etc.? Hmmm.