I knocked a new goal down just in time to kick off the new year. I completed the requirements and was selected as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. I am thrilled by this opportunity to share all things Google with educators near and far.
I was thrilled to earned my level 1 and 2 Google Certified Educator. I use GSuite for EDU and love it. I enjoy teaching my students and the educators I coach to use Google Sites to create portfolios, Google Calendar to organize and share their daily routines and assignments, and assign and collect assignments and student feedback via Google Classroom, etc. I am definitely a GSuite afficianado!
However, becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer was a whole other level of commitment and I was eager to explore this option. According to their site, “Google for Education Certified Trainers are passionate and driven education professionals with a desire to help others transform classrooms with technology.” I felt that this statement describe myself and my role in my building to a T, so I went for it.
I signed up for and attended an October Google Train the Trainer Bootcamp led by the one and only, Rich Kiker at IU 13. I learned a ton of great information and began to contruct my ideas for my application video in which I had to share my personality, instructional style and my googliness.
When prepping for my video I thought hard about what it meant to be “googley.” I came across a blog by Adrien Feudijo on the subject. He shared the following;
“Googleyness is one of those great words which can only be defined by the agglomeration of many super cool characteristics. Nonetheless, I will try as much as possible to get closer to it as I can. Googleyness is a trait which is defined closely by phrases such as “Not just being cool, but really-really cool”, “Being out of the norm”, “Being an out-of-the-box thinker”, “Being Phenomenal, Amazing, Innovative, and Disruptive” and, of course “Being a status quo challenger”.
I loved his description and I hoped that people who I worked along side of would dare to say some of these same things about me. However, hemming and hawing around about completing this application video didn’t feel very “googley” to me, so I committed to completing the application over Thanksgiving vacation, and I did.
Lo and behold, my very first Christmas present was delivered to me on December 12th, when I received an email confirming my selection as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. I definitely was honored and psyched about this new distinction and am excited about new opportunities to share my passion for all things Google with more educators in the future.
I am going to wrap up this blog by asking this question of my readers. What makes you “googley?” How do you stand out in a crowd? How does your personality, teaching style, and your actions make you stand out in a crowd? If you can answer this question and you are passionate about technology, I highly recommend you explore the opportunities afforded to those of us who become Google for Education Certified Trainers.