• Megan Snedeker

The Path to Google Certified Educator

If you're involved in the educational technology and 21st Century educator circles, you probably know about becoming a Google Certified Educator. Google created a program to allow educators to show their understanding and ability to use the Google Suite and get certified through two levels of expertise. Recently, someone jokingly challenged me to spend my Christmas break becoming a Google Certified Educator (Level 1).

With a bright new year on its way, I'm going to take up that challenge.

Let's start with one of the most important reasons to become a Google Certified Educator: Google Suite is vital for the growth of education and the development and 21st Century educators. I don't mean it's valuable (it is), but it's more than that. I think Google is the future of education, and the Google Suite is already an integral aspect of learning.

Now, I consider myself pretty familiar with Google Suite already. I've used Google products and tools to create powerful activities for my students. I center most of my online life around Google products. I can make powerful presentations; I'm familiar with Google Sheets and using Google Forms, and I consider myself a Google Doc power-user.

However, I don't know everything. That's one of those things that makes becoming a Google Certified Educator so important. It gets you one step closer to knowing it all. Being competent and confident with Google Suite can help your students become more comfortable and encourages them to learn to do more with Google.

That's a significant part of being a Google Certified Educator: always trying to do more, learn more, and be more. That's why I want to challenge myself to become a Google Certified Educator.

To become a Level 1 Google Certified Educator, you have to complete a 180-minute exam (no pauses) and pay a ten-dollar examination fee. Seems easy, right?

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That's where you'd be wrong. It sounds easy on the surface, but this is a challenge. Getting this certification really requires you to know your stuff. As I've mentioned, I consider myself really strong in Google Suite, but there were plenty of practice questions I had no idea about. I've uploaded and created YouTube videos, but one of the practice questions has you create a poll in that video, which is something I've never done before.

There are 755 minutes of training online for this exam. There's over 12 hours worth of content to study. Getting a Google Educator certification is impressive and you're expected to know an impressive amount about the Google Suite and how to use it.

Now that we know how tough this exam could be, I need to make some study plans.

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The first resource for studying is Google's free training courses. This walks you through so many aspects of the Google Suite and the ways you can use it as an educator.

There are YouTube videos as well as Quizlets with extra information to help you study and prepare.

There are tips all over the Internet from other educators to help prepare people like you and I who are interested in becoming a Google Certified educator, and I'll spend a lot of my time in between larger study-blocks looking at these tips.

This is both my own challenge and a challenge issued at those of you reading this. By the end of January of the new year (2019), I want to be a Google Certified Educator (Level 1) and have some awesome resources and tips/tricks prepared to help you complete the Certification Challenge as well.

We're closing in on a new year, and it's about time for those of us who haven't yet to become new educators!

Are you going to take on the Certification Challenge? Have you already taken the exam? What are you most grateful for learning through the certification process?

Thanks for reading!

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