Google is a big deal in K-12 schools. Over 20 million Google powered Chromebooks are currently being used in classrooms around the world and it is estimated that by 2020 there will be over 110 million teachers and students using G Suite for Education.
As your reliance on Google products and hardware increases so does your need for experts who can train teachers and support students. Building internal capacity for training and support is a fiscally responsible and effective way of ensuring that your technology resources are being used to their full potential.
Encouraging your staff members to become Google Certified is a great way to build internal capacity. The Google Certification program was designed to help teachers use technology effectively in the classroom.
I earned my first Google Certification when I attended the Google Teacher Academy in 2009. This one event made a tremendous impact on my life. It opened up new opportunities and connecting me with some amazing people.
Earning a Google certification forces staff to grow professionally. They will learn new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom and you will be able to identify instructional leaders.
All three certification programs are outstanding. Each one focuses on practical use and application of Google products like Gmail, Drive, and YouTube in real classroom settings. Great teachers are lifelong learners. But sometimes, they need an extra push to grow professionally. Challenging them to work through the Google Certification program might be the push they need!
Getting certified is not easy; It requires a good deal of effort and commitment. Here are some resources to help them get started.
All three certification programs will challenge your staff to become better teachers and will help your district realize the full potential of G Suite for Education and Chromebooks.