Google Educator Level 1 Training Options
Where do I?
One of the questions I get asked a lot, particularly at conferences or workshops, is, “Where can I get training before I take the Google for Education Educator Level 1 exam?” So, I thought I’d give you my thoughts on some options.
In the Do-It-Yourself category, you have several options: just use G Suite, use one of the free Chrome extensions that provide in-G Suite support, and/or journey through the Google for Education Training Center. The benefits of these options are that they’re all free and they’re easy to do on your own time and at your own pace. The downside is that if you get stumped or can’t figure something out, your only recourse is to Google it (or find a friend who might be able to help). You may also miss particular tools or actions that you need to know for the test.
You can work at your own pace
You can learn at home in your pjs
Might not know to study areas that are on the exam
If you have questions, you’re on your own
Not as easy to stick with it and get through all the modules or apps
Just Use G Suite
The most obvious self-help method of training is to use G Suite until you’re very comfortable with all the most common applications of each app. If you use G Suite for work, this is actually pretty easy. However, some apps, like Sheets or Draw may require you to stretch beyond your usual uses.
Use the Google for Education Training Center
Google provides a pretty awesome (free) training center for teachers who want to get Educator Level 1 and Level 2 certified. The training center for each level is broken into modules that provide information, videos, use cases, and examples, and at the end of each module there are a few sample multiple choice questions that you can use to test your knowledge.
Free Partner Training
Synergyse has partnered with Google to provide a really cool Chrome extension that integrates into G Suite and provides on-demand help and training for each app! You can download the extension from the Chrome store and install it. This adds a little help icon to your G Suite app that walks you through different aspects of the tool.
Find a Google for Education Certified Trainer
This is more of a district option, but Google has Google for Education Certified Trainers that have passed Google’s application process and are qualified to train others to use G Suite and prepare for the Educator exams.
School districts can ask around for referrals or search the Google Trainer Directory for a local trainer. They can then hire that trainer to come and conduct a workshop for the teachers at their district.
Each trainer has a different fee structure, so you’ll need to contact him or her to find out how much they charge and how many days their workshop is. Some trainers will also provide custom workshops or trainings for other Google applications and tools. And some trainers (like me!) are willing to travel, so if you hear of a trainer you particularly like, ask if they’ll come to you.
If you’re not at a district that is willing to bring a trainer in, then you can see if there’s a workshop taking place near you. Google Summits (or click here for calendar view) usually offer 1 or 2-day workshops prior to the Summit’s opening day, and there are many trainers who advertise their workshops to outside participants. Check your local GEG community on Google + for information about those.
You can get your questions answered by a pro
A Google for Education Certified Trainer will walk you through each needed aspect so you can be more confident about taking the exam
Learn in a community of peers to increase collaboration and retention
You’ll have to get dressed to go to the workshop
You’ll need to schedule it on your calendar, either through your district or by finding a nearby open workshop or Summit.
Not free (but sometimes you get what you pay for, right?)
The Journey Begins With a Single Step
Regardless of whether you go it alone or with a Certified Trainer, take those first steps toward getting your Educator certification. Beyond having the acknowledgement of your knowledge, you’ll learn a lot in the process, and you’ll be more effective and efficient as an education. And best of all, you’ll be able to have an even greater impact on your students and teaching community.
If you have questions about training, if you’d like to connect with me about scheduling a Educator Training Workshop or any of my other workshops, please use the Contact page to send me an email (or you can contact me through the Google Trainer Directory). I’d love to chat with you! Good luck!