What is a Google Certified Educator?
A Google Certified Educator is a program managed by Google for educators who use G Suite for Education as part of their teaching and student learning.
How will being Certified help you?
Personally, going through the study and exam process gave me the confidence I needed to intentionally implement GSuite with my teachers and students. Being certified has added to my knowledge of pedagogy, best tech integration practices and how to utilize technology to take the learning outside the four walls of my classrooms. Having the GSuite knowledge along with the knowledge of best practices makes for a powerhouse of skills in my opinion!
In addition, I lead a group of student technology leaders (S.W.A.T) who become G Suite Edu Level 1 & 2 Certified in order to best serve our campus learners and educators.
Having a certification brings a confidence for a teacher of any age!
• Increases student engagement
• Encourages autonomy of learner
• Opportunities for 4 C’s: creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking
• Cultivates a culture of life-long learning among administrators, educators and learners
• Immerses learners in practicing self-pacing and time/project management
• Allows “app smashing” between all G Suite Edu applications
• Opportunities to discuss, model and practice digital citizenship and digital literacy
How can I prepare?
There are many ways to prepare for certification of Level 1, Level 2 or Trainer. I always believe there is a way not the way when it comes to learning. There are several ways to prepare.
On Your Own: Google offers training that allows you to study at your own pace. This option, though, does not offer much support or collaborative study, however.
Academies: One of the best ways is to utilize a trainer program like the one Kasey Bell is offering. I have, personally, taken a course to prepare with Kasey. It was so beneficial and set me on my way to become a Certified Google Trainer! Kasey has just launched courses for you as you set out on your learning journey. With Kasey’s courses you’re certain to not only find support, but also will have a facilitator helping you along with the material.
You can review all of the courses she is offering here.
Open enrollment on the above courses closes on December 3!
Please reach out if you have any questions regarding certification, google training or the academy!
I have been a Certified Trainer since 2017 & Level 1 and 2 certified since 2016 and it truly has helped me be a better teacher, learner and digital coach!
•The links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase after clicking on them, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!