I'm a Google Certified Educator: Level 2!Monday, July 04, 2016
Last fall, the Toronto Catholic District School Board jumped on board the GAFE train and launched their Google domain for elementary schools. In anticipation of this exciting change, I decided to do some online training and obtain a Google Educator certificate. This consisted of completing a series of five online competency tests. There were four mandatory tests on Gmail, Calendar, Sites, and Google Docs/Drive, and as my elective, I chose Chrome. It was a great learning experience and a step towards possibly becoming a Google Certified Trainer. Unfortunately, they no longer offer this certification and my certificate will expire in October. Now I am tinkering with the idea of following in the footsteps of my French teaching hero Sylvia Duckworth and applying to become a Google Certified Innovator. For that, I would need additional certification as a Google Certified Educator.
This new certification program is broken down into two levels. Level 1 validates fundamental competencies in using Google Apps for Education and standard technology implementation skills. Level 2 validates advanced technology integration skills. The good news is that, if you are a super user, you can by-pass Level 1 altogether and complete the Level 2 online test, which is what I opted to do. Keep in mind, though, that you only have three chances to complete an individual test and there is a waiting period in between attempts if you fail. I know this because I first attempted the Level 2 test in April and did not complete all the tasks within the three hour time limit. Therefore, I received a mark of 75% which fell short of the 80% requirement for a pass and had to wait at least two weeks before attempting it a second time. Yes, it was disheartening since I could have completed it all if I had had an extra 30 minutes but at least the cost to take the test is only $25 and I felt much more confident the second time around. I re-took the test last night and am happy to report that I completed it successfully with 30 minutes to spare!
If you yourself are interested in Google for Education certification, visit the Google for Education Training Centre online for more information.