Google Step Up

Google Step Up

a free online course for international school educators

There are lots of great ways to use G Suite tools in your teaching and learning to help your students collaborate, create and share.

If you would like to grow your skills in a fun, interactive online environment with other international school educators please join us for a free, twelve-week course.

Course content will include G Suite services like Classroom, Mail, Drive, Calendar, Groups, YouTube and more.

Course participants will receive a course completion certificate and can even get certified by taking the optional Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam.

What: “Google Step Up”, a free Google Certified Educator prep course

Who: Aaron Tyo-Dickerson, Google Certified Trainer and course facilitator

Where: online in a private “training domain”

When: Course starts Monday, 15 January and takes place over twelve weeks

How: Click here to register!

FirstClass Migration Plan – Shay_Smith

I had the very interesting opportunity to respond to the hypothetical question “How hard would it be to move from FirstClass to [a hosted Google mail solution]?” The answer was a simple “much easier that you think” and a simple search through the myriad of Google help pages revealed this meta-page by Shay_Smith that details the process itself and also links to others with the same experience.

This site is a hosted by Google Sites for the David Douglas School District in Oregon and contains lots of great information about Google Apps for Education. There is even a contact link for Shay Smith that I think I will use to ask some follow up questions in the very near future!

FirstClass Migration Plan – Shay_Smith

Google Apps Education Training Center

Now this is interesting! The good people at Google offer Google Apps Education training so that one become a qualified Google Apps Education trainer. There are two amazing things about this:

  1. There are free, online tutorials for the the tests. This means that anyone can learn about Google Apps right now. Getting awkward questions from those who “just don’t get it” (JDGI)? Send them to these tutorials to get their most basic questions answered by the Google pros!
  2. There is an established baseline for “getting” Google Apps. This means that early adopters and high-end users can quickly and easily establish their status as those who do get it and who are prepared to share that information on with others. 

Google Apps Education is a terrific service and I suspect that we will be blogging about it more in the future…and writing it into our vision statement in some way, too!

Google Apps Education Training Center

Google Apps for Education: Qualification!

This is just a short post to announce that I received my Google Apps Education IQ (Individual Qualification) at the end of our April Break.