If you look to the right of my page, you’ll notice that I have a handful of badges. One of them, is the Google Certified Educator badge. Collecting badges can be a nice way to show off (and teachers really need to toot their own horn once in a while). However, there are a lot of substantive reasons to take the plunge and become a Google Certified Educator that don’t involve the flashy badge.
Try Out New Google Tools
While you may be familiar with the whole set of G-Suite Tools, most of us spend the majority of our time on one or two (hint, hint – gmail and Google Docs). By becoming a Google Certified educator, you’re forced to learn more about the tools you may neglect. For example, when I went through my re-certification, I spent a lot more time learning about all of the cool things you could do with Google Sites! I was forced to spend more time in platforms I normally don’t use.
Learn new Tricks with your Favorite Tools
You may spend all day every day in Google Docs, but how deep do you really go? If you’ve been looking for an excuse to learn more automated tricks, studying for your Google Certified Educator exam can help you to delve more deeply into the tools that you use on a regular basis. Learn how to write code in Google Sheets, find add-ons for Google Docs, or create a self-graded quiz in Google Forms. No matter how well you know a tool, you can always learn more.
Get New Ideas for Using Tools in the Classroom
I was not a big fan of the previous iteration of Google Certified Educator exams. I felt that they focused on minutiae and rote memorization. Google really stepped it up on this new exam. Now, it’s interactive and requires real-world application. In fact, one or two of the questions gave me ideas for my own classroom. That’s probably what I like best about the new exam, you learn something while taking it.
Get Verification of Your Skills
You know your a Google guru, maybe your boss knows it as well. Now, you have proof! Nothing better than proving your abilities with something concrete! Okay, maybe that is a little bit of badging…