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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO GOOGLE CERTIFICATIONS

TABLE OF CONTENTS About Kasey

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About this Guide

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NEW e-Course Coming Soon!

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The Google for Education Training Center

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Google Certification Overview

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Google Certified Educator

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Google Certified Educator Level 1

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Google Certified Educator Level 2

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Google Certified Administrator

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Google Certified Trainer

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Google Certified Innovator

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Resources

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About Kasey Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting. As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator, and Google Certified Trainer, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops, including Google Certified Trainer Boot Camps and presentations at international conferences.

Kasey was recognized as one of fifty Amazon Education Thought Leaders. She also received a Digital Innovation in Learning Award given by EdSurge and Digital Promise, in the “Sharing is Caring,” category, and she was recognized as a Top Ten EdTech and E-Learning Influencer for her work sharing educational resources on her blog and across social media. Kasey was a finalist for the 2015 Instructional Technology Specialist of the year given by TCEA. She is also co-leader of the North Texas Google Educator Group and has also been featured on many educational podcasts and websites.

Kasey’s website and blog, ShakeUpLearning.com, provides teachers and educators with digital learning resources, tech tips and tricks, and classroom technology integration ideas. Here you will find great resources for Google apps, including guides and cheat sheets, mobile learning and resources, iPad tips, and social media tips for educators. Shake Up Learning, was recognized as a Must Read EdTech Blog for 2014 and 2015, and a 2014 and 2015 Edublog Awards Finalist for best edtech resource blog. Also, Kasey’s resources and tips have also been featured on other blogs and websites including Edsurge, Edudemic, EdTech Magazine, Emerging Edtech, and more. As a blogger, Kasey uses her blog to create and share original technology integration ideas, resources, cheat sheets, and more!

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ABOUT THIS

GUIDE

About This Guide Becoming Google certified was a game-changer for my professional learning and my career. I want to help more teachers reach their goal of becoming Google Certified! My goal is to empower teachers to transform the learning in their classrooms and become digital leaders.

I receive a lot of questions about the Google Certification programs. I developed this guide to help clarify the different certification options for educators. To be clear, I, Kasey Bell, do NOT grant any Google Certifications, nor do I work for Google. What I do have to offer is my own knowledge and experience with the certification programs. I am a Google Certified Innovator and a Google Certified Trainer. I was also a course developer for Google for Education Training Center. I have helped hundreds of other teachers across the U.S. become Google Certified through training, workshops, and boot camps.

I have synthesized the information about all of the Google Certification options from resources on the web including, The Google for Education Training Center, and the Certified Administrator website, into an easy-to-follow guide. This handbook was designed to help you determine which certification(s) are right for you. You will also find additional resources linked within this guide, as well as resources on my website: ShakeUpLearning.com/google-certifications.

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>>The E-Course from Shake Up Learning>> This is the e-course you have been waiting for: the course to help you on your journey to become a Google for Education Certified Trainer! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including: ● ● ● ● ● ●

25+ Video Lessons Private Google+ Community Exam Readiness Checklists Tips and Tricks The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and much more!

BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com

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GOOGLE FOR EDU

TRAINING CENTER

Google for Education Training Center edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com

The Google for Education Training Center offers free, online training to help educators learn more about using Google Apps, develop technology integration skills, save time, and enhance student learning in the classroom. Here you will not only find courses for beginners and advanced Google Apps users, but also information about the Google for Education Certification programs, and additional resources to help you along the way.

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GOOGLE CERTIFICATION

Overview

5 Google Certifications for Educators In 2015, Google updated their certification program and launched a new Google for Education Training Center. There are now five certification options for educators to pursue. This guide is designed to help you learn about the different options and determine which one is right for you. Below is a summary table of each certification option.

CERTIFICATION

WHO IT’S FOR

CONTENT

EXAMS

APPLICATION

EDUCATORS who can demonstrate fundamental integration of Google Apps in teaching and learning.

Fundamentals Course

Level 1 Exam 180 minutes $10

No Application

EDUCATORS who can demonstrate advanced integration of Google Apps in teaching and learning.

Advanced Course

Level 2 Exam 180 minutes $25

No Application

IT ADMINS who can demonstrate the skills needed to manage a Google Apps domain.

Administrator Fundamentals Course

Administrator Exam 120 minutes $100

No Application

TRAINERS who can demonstrate proven training experience and expert knowledge of Google Apps.

Trainer Learning Center

Trainer Skills Assessment 90 minutes and 25 questions. $15

Application Required

INNOVATORS who are creative thought leaders with a passion for innovative technologies, and are ambassadors for change in education.

Advanced Course

Level 2 Exam 180 minutes $25

Application Required

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**You do NOT have to complete level 1 before level 2.

See more details here

**Accepted applicants also attend an Innovator Academy.

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GOOGLE CERTIFIED

EDUCATOR

Google Certified Educator: Level 1 The Google Certified Educator program was designed for the classroom teacher but is open for any educator to pursue. The Certified Educator program is offered at two levels: the fundamentals level (Level 1), and the advanced level (Level 2). Differentiating the certification into two levels gives more teachers an opportunity to get recognized for the work they’ve done.

Level 1 The Level 1 Google Certified Educator status indicates that an educator can "successfully implement Google Apps for Education into their teaching practice to enhance teaching and learning." This certification is for educators with a basic understanding of the key features of Google Apps as well as well as an understanding of how to meaningfully use technology in the classroom.

Prepare To prepare for the Level 1 exam, you can work through the self-paced, Google Educator fundamentals course content, or work with a Google Certified Trainer or Partner to learn the content. The fundamentals course will help you acquire new Google skills as well as help you learn best practices with technology integration. The course includes unit reviews, sample exam questions, and tips to help you practice the skills in your classroom.

Exam To become certified, you must pass the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam. The Level 1 exam includes multiple choice questions, drag and drop, and performance-based scenarios. The exam is 180 minutes and has a $10 fee. After registration, your exam will be ready for you to take within 24 hours. Register here for the Level 1 exam.

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Google Certified Educator: Level 2 Level 2 The Level 2 Google Certified Educator status indicates "indicates that an educator can successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies to transform their teaching practice." This is for educators with a deeper understanding of Google Apps and advanced technology integration skills. (Note: Level 1 status is NOT a prerequisite for Level 2.) If you are ready for Level 2, you can start here.

Prepare To prepare for the Level 2 exam, candidates can work through the self-paced, Google Educator advanced course content, or work with a Google Certified Trainer or Partner to learn the content. Review the fundamentals course before moving on to the advanced course. The advanced course builds upon the concepts in the fundamentals training course. This course will help you take your Google skills to the next level as you become a super user. The course includes unit reviews, sample exam questions, and tips to help you practice the skills in your classroom.

Exam To become certified, you must pass the Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam. The Level 2 exam includes multiple choice questions, drag and drop, and performance-based scenarios. The exam is 180 minutes and has a $25 fee. After registration, your exam will be ready for you to take within 24 hours. Register here for the Level 2 exam.

No App There is no application required for the Level 2 Google Certified Educator. Once you pass the exam, you are certified and will receive a badge that you can display on your website, email signature, resume, etc. © Shake Up Learning, LLC 2016, all rights reserved

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GOOGLE CERTIFIED ADMINISTRATOR

Google Certified Administrator IT Admin While not technically an educational certification, the Google Certified Administrator program is a technical certification for those that manage a Google Apps domain. The best preparation for this exam is hands-on experience as a Google Apps domain administrator. (Google recommends you have at least six months experience.)

Prepare To prepare for the Certified Administrator exam, you can work through the self-paced, administrator fundamentals course content. As mentioned above, the best preparation is hands-on experience managing a Google Apps domain, including user support, troubleshooting, managing services, and resources, etc.

Exam The Administrator exam is a problem-based exam taken inside a live domain. You will solve problems as a super administrator in the admin console that measure your ability to solve technical problems. This exam is 120 minutes and has a $100 fee.

Register here for the Administrator exam.

No App There is no application required for the Google Certified Administrator. Once you pass the exam, you are certified and will receive a badge that you can display on your website, email signature, resume, etc.

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GOOGLE CERTIFIED

TRAINER

Google Certified Trainer #GoogleET

Trainer The Google for Education Certified Trainer program is designed for educators with a strong history of providing Google training in schools, including creating informative learning materials, and enthusiasm for digital learning and technology. (See also 6 Steps to Google Certified Trainer [Infographic].)

Prepare OPTION 1: Google offers a self-paced, trainer course to help you prepare for the Trainer Skills Assessment.

**OPTION 2: Take the NEW Become a Google Certified Trainer e-Course from Shake Up Learning!

This course, taught by Google Certified Trainer and Google Certified Innovator, Kasey Bell, answers all of your questions with tutorial videos, tips, tricks, and step-by-step instructions. This course offers everything you need to know about becoming a Google Certified Trainer. Members also receive access to a private Google+ Community, exam readiness checklists, review videos, exam tips, and the Google Certified Trainer Ultimate Planner and Checklist! This course will provide everything you need to know to prepare for the Trainer Skills Assessment AND the application process.

Find out more about the Become a Google Certified Trainer e-course here:

BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com

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Google Certified Trainer #GoogleET

Exams To prove your knowledge of Google for Education and best practices for trainers, you must take and pass the Trainer Skills Assessment, as well as become a Google Certified Educator Level 1 AND Level 2. The assessment is 25 questions, and you will have 90 minutes to complete. You must make an 80 or above to pass. Cost is $15. (Note: The Trainer Skills Assessment Certificate is valid for 2 years.)

Apply After you have passed the exam and received the Trainer Skills Assessment Certificate AND become a Google Certified Educator Level 1 AND Level 2, you are eligible to apply for certification from Google. (**Note: Applications must be accepted and approved by Google in order to receive certification.) The application requires you to submit: 1.

A three-minute video showing your personality, and training style (see video example); and

2.

Answer case study questions that demonstrate your training strategy, including planning, implementation, evaluation, any data you collected, and links to training materials that you created.

The application window opens quarterly. Below are the approximate dates and these are subject to change:

Quarter

Opens

Deadline

Notification s

1

Jan. 13

Feb. 17

~ March 23

2

April 13

May 18

~ June 22

3

July 13

Aug. 17

~Sept. 21

4

Oct. 12

Nov. 16

~ Dec. 21

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GOOGLE CERTIFIED

INNOVATOR

Google Certified Innovator #GoogleEI

Innovator The Google Certified Innovator program (formerly Google Certified Teacher) is for creative thought leaders who are passionate about using innovative technologies. Certified Innovators are also ambassadors

for

change

and

find

ways

to

empower

educators

and

students.

Prepare Do you already fit the description above? If not, work on finding opportunities to lead innovation in your school or district. You will need to demonstrate a history of innovation in schools in order to apply. Research educators that have already become Google Certified Innovators to get an idea for the level of expertise and innovation that is required.

Exam You are required to be a Google Certified Educator, Level 2, before you can apply to the Innovator Academy. To achieve Google Certified Educator Level 2 status, work through the self-paced, Google Educator advanced course content. (See also page 12).

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Google Certified Innovator #GoogleEI

Apply To become a Google Certified Innovator you must apply to attend a Google for Education Innovation Academy. Academies are held across the globe a few times a year. The academy will give you the experience of a lifetime at one of Google’s legendary locations, including visionary ideas, tools and techniques. But most of all, you will connect and learn from some of the most inspiring educators in the world! Visit the Innovator site for upcoming academy dates.

The application process for the Google Innovator Academy is extremely competitive and includes the following components:



Your Innovation Project video proposal--your vision to transform education. Think big. Think global. Think collaborative. Here are the guiding principals of the Innovation Project: 1.

“Have a mission that matters: Your mission should be something you care about and has the potential to touch many lives.”

2.

“Think big but start small: No matter how ambitious the plan is, you have to start somewhere.”

3.

“Iterate and fail fast: We’re not looking for perfection, we’re looking for continual innovation.”

4.

“Share everything: Encourage discussion, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas.”

5.

“Spark with imagination, fuel with data: Use data to backup your insights or help you pivot directions.”



Here’s a YouTube playlist of video applications from the #MTV16 Cohort (http://goo.gl/Wnn5GO)



Use this document to view application questions and draft your answers for the application.

Know someone awesome that should be a Google Certified Innovator? Nominate them here.

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Resources Google for Education Training Center Google for Education Certifications Google Certified Trainer Learning Center Google Certifed Administrator Website Shake Up Learning Certification Resources BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com

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