When I attended the Google Summit in April, I was quite intrigued about becoming qualified in some “Googley” way. However, I did not necessarily want to become a trainer. You can become a Google Certified Teacher. You can become a Google Certified Trainer. Why can’t you become a Google Certified Vice-Principal?
My main purpose is to increase my knowledge base and figure out how I can help create a Google School … a Schoogle (a favourite term I must give Doug Sadler credit for) where I could help staff and students alike get more Googley too. So I decided to become a Google Educator. And that’s more than good enough for me.
This venture involved taking part in 5 different learning modules from Google for Education:
- Google for Education: Gmail
- Google for Education: Calendar
- Google for Education: Drive and Docs
- Google for Education: Sites
- and an elective which I chose – Google for Education: Chromebooks
The learning modules were packed with great information that was highly applicable as an educator. But the exams were a little ridiculous (providing great cognitive dissonance for a recent A&E consultant) with 60 multiple choice questions in a time crunched 90 minutes, with 80% as a pass. Remember the ones? A & B, B & C but not D, All of the above, Only three of the above, None of the above? Talk about craziness for second guessing yourself! I must say that this test environment kept me on my toes, with my heart pounding for the entire 90 minutes, with the little voice (OK… very loud take-over type voice) telling me “You must pass! You cannot fail!” the entire time.
The good news… we’ll be on our way to helping staff and students become more Googley come September! I’m open to any suggestions from Administrators out there who use the Google platform to organize their schools. Please share any ideas and I promise to go slow :)
Now… where to begin?