Last month Google for Education released their new Training Center, which includes the redesigned Certification program. On the Training landing page, you will find two new courses, Fundamental and Advance Training Courses. These free courses are designed to engage educators in practical, self-paced lessons that address real classroom needs. Additionally, there are free courses on Devices (Chromebooks and Android tablets) and Power Searching with Google. While these don’t result in certifications, they are valuable resources for professional learning in schools that have adopted Google Apps for Education or new devices.
From the Training Center, you can navigate to the Trainers Essential Certificate Exams, which are found in the Trainer Center. Completing the four required exams and one elective exam to demonstrate product knowledge is the first of two prerequisites to apply for the Google Certified Trainer program.
To learn more about the other two certification programs, you will want to head to the Certification landing page. This is where you will find all the details about the Google Certified Educator program, which now includes Level 1 and Level 2.
No longer is there any confusion between the Educator and Teacher certificates as Google Certified Teachers are now Google Certified Innovators. The new Certified Innovator requires recertification as do the other certificates, Educator and Trainer. New application dates have not been announced, but having a Certified Educator Level 2 is a prerequisite for applying to the Google for Education Innovation Academy.
The updated exams for Google Certified Educators now emphasize performance questions and rely less on the traditional multiple choice. Level 1 and Level 2 exams were initially open, but currently they are not available. While Google for Education works out the re-release, it’s the perfect time to decide if our GEG wants to form a GEG Indiana Study Group.
GEG Study Groups for Google Educator Level 1 and Level 2 cover nine units and typically meet for ten sessions. Groups may opt to meet twice weekly to shorten the timeline. There are a number of options for approaching a meeting. The focus can be on teaching, reviewing, or applying the material.
Tomorrow is Google EdCamp and I hope to find how who wants to get certified and if there is interest in a GEG Study Group. If you are interested in forming a study group, but are not attending EdCamp, visit the GEG and let me know!