It’s time to get Googley, gang.

As you may have heard, we are making every effort to get every educator in Bardstown City Schools to earn their Level 1 Google Certification over the course of the 2019-2020 school year.

But even before that begins, we have our newest Level 2 Certified Educator, Ann Guthrie! Congratulations, Ann!

Now, back to Level 1…

The Level 1 certification is for educators with a basic understanding of the core features of G Suite for Education and how to implement them in the school setting.

By becoming Level 1 certified, you can “successfully implement Google for Education into their teaching practice to enhance teaching and learning.”

Why become Google Certified? Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning put together this infographic with the top 10 reasons to become Google Certified.

Google Certified Educator Level 1 Training

Beginning the week of June 3, we will have day-long training sessions with several of our schools:

  • June 4 – Bardstown Elementary School
    • 8:30 – 3:30
    • Elementary Media Center
  • June 5 – Bardstown Early Childhood Education Center
    • 8:30 – 3:30
    • Elementary Media Center
  • June 6 – Bardstown Primary School/Bardstown Middle School
    • 8:30 – 3:30
    • Training at the Primary School

Training sessions at Bardstown High School are set for November. Over the course of the school year, I will offer 1-hour after school training sessions on different tools in G Suite for Education for those interested in more support before taking the exam. I will also schedule “testing parties” that will allow a group to take the exam in the same room for those that are interested. Dates and times for these events will be posted in August.

Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam Overview

The Level 1 Exam is composed of two parts: a multiple choice section and a performance-based section. When you register for the exam, you will be given a mock Google account to use for the exam.

Exam highlights:

  • The exam allows up to 3 hours to complete
  • Must use the latest version of Google Chrome
  • Mostly performance-based scenarios where you will use and create with Google Apps for Education to complete, follow directions exactly as stated
  • Multiple choice, true/false and matching/drag/drop questions
  • Mark the ones you aren’t sure of and go back and look at again after completing the rest of the exam
  • A webcam will take your image and random images of your computer screen during the exam
  • The exam is open “Internet” (yes, you can look up answers!)

More updates on Google training sessions and technology integration updates coming soon!