While on maternity leave, I’ve been blessed with quite a bit of time on the couch: feeding a hungry baby, snuggling a crying baby, and cuddling a sleeping baby. So what a perfect time to hone my skills in google, and take the Google Certified Educator certification exams!
Wow! This training is valuable (and FREE!). Before both certification exams, there are review modules. These modules allow you to work through the google applications to learn the power and complexity of all the google applications. At the end of each section there are self-checking review questions, and a unit review at the end of each unit. These questions are multiple choice or multiple select.
Again, what I want to emphasize is that these are free. If you aren’t all that comfortable with the google apps, what a great place to get valuable information and free training. Even if you aren’t interested in the certification, you could definitely learn something!
For those that are pretty comfortable in google, you may not need to work through every section. But the section review and unit review questions are a must. You may even find a little bit of wisdom in there!
The Level 1 exam costs $10, so there isn’t much pressure to pass the first time. After you sign up, it can take up to 48 hours for your test to be ready. Mine took 20 minutes. However, I’d purchase a day or two ahead of when you plan on taking it, just incase.
You receive, by email, a google apps for education gmail account to use for your exam. This account, only valid for the test, allows for you to use any of the google suite. Hint: in the email, it tells you to be sure you know how to copy/paste in an incognito window - be sure to do this using shortcuts. You copy/paste quite a bit!
There are multiple select questions and scenario questions. Something weird I noticed, is that the multiple select questions didn’t populate at the top of the page, but if I scrolled up, it told me how many answers to choose! SO helpful. Not sure I would have passed without that help. Other than that, some of the multiple select answers were silly. A few you had to think about. And maybe two i had to explore of google to make sure I was correct. They were much easier than the unit review questions, in my opinion.
The scenario questions weren’t all that difficult. If you are pretty competent in google, you can figure out the things you don’t know how to do. Or, google it.
And that’s about all I can tell you about content. (You sign a NDA before taking the test, and while I didn’t read it that closely - living life on the edge - I’m not risking it)
Something to remember: a computer is grading your exam. Make sure you are precise in what you type.
Getting Your Results
I received my results within minutes of submitting. I passed on my first attempt. However, if you don’t, you can take it again! There is a 14 day waiting period to try again for your second try. If you again do not pass, there is a 60 day waiting period for your third attempt. If you don’t pass on your third try, you have to wait a year.
Your certification is good for 36 months, and then you'll need to take the test again.
So Why Do It?
Well guys, here is where I struggle. Those of you that know me, know I’m an Apple lady - through and through. However, I know that google isn’t going anywhere, and honing my craft in tech integration matters A LOT to me.
I like to learn new things, and help others learn new things, so for me? That’s the benefit. Getting better at what I love, to help others better understand as well.
If you're ready to learn more and start on your own path to being a google Certified Educator, visit the Training Center to get started.
Next up for me? Google Certified Educator Level 2! Learn more here.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email, social media, or comment below.
Holly Mecher. ADE. Runner. Life-long lover of books. Google Certified Educator.