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via Morgan Reece, Virtual Learning Specialist:
Instructional Technology is offering a wonderful opportunity to become certified Google Educators. By participating in this course, CMS will provide learning through the PD session AND pay for the Google quizzes that are required for the certification.
You can locate the course sections on MyTalent. There is an October session (full) and November session (almost full). There will be additional courses in the spring. The courses meet on Saturdays. For additional information, contact Donna Jessup (donna.jessup) or Jacob Standish (Jacob.standish)
Course Name: TEC- Google Educator Certification
“You’ve started with Google tools, now let’s make it official. Become a Google Educator to be recognized for your mastery of four required subjects plus at least one elective. You’ll receive your Google Educator certificate upon passing five related exams but will have the opportunity to take all six. Required Exams: Drive, Calendar, Sites, Gmail Elective Exams: Chrome, Chromebook Each exam topic will be focused on in 2 hours of training and research strategies and then you will have 2 hours to take the test on that topic.”
Our very own Mrs. Bailey can tell you about the program because she became Google Certified this summer!
To complete the district assignment assigned to all CMS teachers:
The AL site seems to be overloaded so don't panic if you get a freeze even in Chrome or Firefox. It will be saved. If you accidentally did it in Explorer (if you clicked the link straight from the AL notification email it may have opened straight into Explorer) switch browsers and all will be fine.
You will know you are done when it shows you your scores. AL will email you a link to training videos based on your scores within 24 hours or so of taking the test. I have watched the videos and can discuss them with you and talk about adaptations you may wish to try since the videos were made (pre iPad, less Ning, more Twitter, smartphone, instagram, backchannel, etc).
Here is a walk-through of what you will see logging in if needed:
Click here for directiions and password (CMS employees only- you must be signed in to Drive to read it) The password is written on the board in the media center or see Lisa Gurthie)
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