Google Me This.

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Thanks Buddy. Buddy the Dog is man’s best friend.

Or at least Mom’s Best Friend.

On my behalf, Buddy was kind enough to put together a 1 minute video for the people at Google (which is all the more impressive when you consider he doesn’t have thumbs).

Because of his good work, I’ve been selected as 1 of 50 school administrators in the United States to attend The Google Teacher Academy for Administrators (I’m no marketing major, but shouldn’t it be “The Google Administrator’s Academy”).  This is a free professional development experience designed to help K-12 educational leaders get the most from innovative technologies.

At least that’s what I’ve heard.

Basically, I’m going to get Googlized (I hope they’re gentle).

This is a win-win.  I like Google and Buddy likes it when I’m not home.

There is only one downside.  The conference is in San Antonio.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the chance to return to the home of the Alamo.  And the mall next door to it (when visiting a national monument you may be overcome with hunger pangs and need a Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookie ).

But come on Google, you couldn’t splurge for a city with a beach?

In the time it takes me to write (?) this blog, Google has made about 47 bazillion dollars.  At least.

When I think of that kind of money, I think waves.  And not Google Wave.

I shouldn’t complain because I’m guessing Google had several applications for this conference (although only 1 by a talking dog), so I’m honored they invited me.

I’m also willing to bet that out of the 50 administrators less than 10 are superintendents.

Out of those 10, probably 2 have rambling incoherent blogs.

And only 1 of them has a semi-famous talking, YouTube video-making, wife-stealing dog.

How many people are thinking… I could have done a better video than that stupid dog.  Well too bad, Buddy thought of it first.  And to review, he doesn’t have thumbs.

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19 Responses to “Google Me This.”

  1. Renee Crowell
    on Feb 5th, 2010
    @ 6:33 pm

    I somehow came across your webpage. It is hilarious! I Love it.
    I am a teacher in Texas and I will be forwarding it to a few co-workers. I’ve been reading for about a week or so and I’m hooked. I love your style.
    Thanks for the laughs!

  2. Cracked Chalkboard
    on Feb 5th, 2010
    @ 6:46 pm

    San Antonio is a beautiful city. Enjoy some time on the riverwalk. Get a cab or trolly over to Market Square and visit El Mercado, the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico, and don’t miss a meal and some pastries at Mi Tierra in market square or one of the excellent and delicious street food vendors there. The taste of Mexico with better health code adherence. :) On our last jaunt there we visited Fiesta Texas. Other than perhaps Disney World/Land, this is about the best theme park I’ve seen.

  3. Jan Rhodes
    on Feb 5th, 2010
    @ 6:55 pm

    Love the video! I have a Buddy that’s a basset hound. Enjoy Google Academy!

  4. AllanahK
    on Feb 5th, 2010
    @ 10:31 pm

    Well done- I hear that Google is quite a big company. What does it do? I suppose you will come back and tell us.

    You will probably get some free pens and a T-shirt with Google on it. That will make the whole trip worth while.

  5. Porter Palmer
    on Feb 5th, 2010
    @ 10:47 pm

    What a creative application. Congrats… well deserved!

  6. Alfred Thompson
    on Feb 6th, 2010
    @ 6:28 am

    I suspect they just wanted to see what a superentendent who blogged was like in real life. You’re a novelty of sorts. :-) But no matter, I’m sure yo’ll get a lot of out it – hopefully some funny/interesting blog posts and some cool swag at least. I really want to know if the pace of a session for administrators moves faster or slower than those for “regular teachers.”

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Alfred Thompson, You are right… I’m the Circus Freak.

    Lucky for me, my job has prepared me for people pointing and staring at me.

  7. Kathleen Weaver
    on Feb 6th, 2010
    @ 7:33 am

    Hey, I like Buddy — beagles rock.

    I have one and my husband has one (yes, different beagles).

    Good luck at Google Academy.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Kathleen Weaver, That’s what we need… Twin Beagles.

    Then we wouldn’t have to argue over who Buddy loves the most (by the way, it’s me).

  8. Kathleen Weaver
    on Feb 6th, 2010
    @ 10:13 am

    Sadly, even my husband’s beagle loves me more. But then I gave Maggie to hiim in September and she still hasn’t figured it out.

    Beagle pics at

  9. Dave Sherman
    on Feb 6th, 2010
    @ 8:51 pm

    Why does the poor dog have to live in the garage? In my house, Cosmo the golden retriever lives in the house, and he sleeps on the bed with me and my wife (I’m not so sure I like the bed part, though). Anyway, the poor canine should be treated better by you. Especially after you used him to get a trip to San Antonio.

  10. Curt
    on Feb 6th, 2010
    @ 10:12 pm

    Congrats on being selected for the academy. I just had to write in and say your application wasn’t the only one with a talking dog. :) I included an animated schnauzer in mine:
    I have three schnauzers, and was going to put one of the real ones in the end with me, but I just couldn’t fit it all into a minute!

    Looking forward to meeting you out there!!

  11. Christa Frantz
    on Feb 8th, 2010
    @ 12:48 pm


  12. Pat
    on Feb 10th, 2010
    @ 5:46 am

    Really loved the video! I think it would have been better as a Super Bowl commercials than the ones actually shown! Congrats on getting chosen.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Pat, Buddy needs to be in commercials.

    Mainly so I can stop working.

  13. Suzanne Siano
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 12:48 pm

    Hi! I have an awesome teacher named Peter Post, he recommended that I visit your blog. Whlie browsing over some of the articles, I noticed that you prefer warm weather and a beach. I do too! I am a student, a worker and a major traveller! I also love dogs. When I came across your google blog, I noticed the video with the dog! I have a dog, her name is Chloe and she is my best friend! I am glad that your best friend Buddy helped you in becoming 1 of 50 candidates to attend the conference in San Antonio, hey at least its warmer there than here!

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    on Feb 19th, 2010
    @ 3:05 pm

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