Teachers Earn Google Certification

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At this year’s Back-to-School Kick-Off for staff, 20 teachers were recognized as either new Google Certified Educators or educators that have advanced a level of certification.

Google for Education provides a suite of devices, apps, and resources to bring technology into the classrooms. Their certification program is designed for educators and classroom teachers who wish to demonstrate proficiency in using these tools.

Level 1 Google Certified Educators complete a series of online modules followed by a performance-based exam to test their knowledge of using the Google tools for both administrative and instructional purposes. Deanne Waters, Holly Sump, Laura Byerle, Elizabeth McNamee, Laura Ponsini, Heather Harper, Jennifer Blunt, Jennifer Reed, Victoria Donovan, Josh Holt, Erin Sullivan, Kathy Harcum, Danielle May, Anna Buffenmyer, and Aly Breeding achieved this level, bringing the number of CCPS Level 1 Educators to 41.

Level 2 indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform their teaching practice. This year, Megan Foster, Matt Love, Brett Evans, and Melissa Mahoney achieved this level, bringing the total number to 11.

After completing both Level 1 and Level 2 training, educators may apply to become a Google Certified Trainer. Trainers already have a large knowledge base for Google tools, and the Trainer course teaches them to plan and deliver effective learning opportunities for adult learners. This year, Kathryn Belmonte became CCPS’s second Google Certified Trainer, along with Amy Shepler, CCPS Instructional Technology Coach.

Google’s highest level is the Innovator Certification which was achieved by Shepler 2016. In her remarks at the Kick-Off, Shepler stated, “It’s really exciting to see teachers taking on this challenging training. The Google certifications empower our educators to model and teach essential digital skills that will help our students in their post-graduate endeavors.”