From the Google Certification webpage:
“Google for Education Certified Trainers are passionate and driven education professionals with a desire to help others transform classrooms with technology.”
From newly minted Google for Education Certified Trainer Kali Ervin:
“Which fits perfectly with our jobs as Technology Integration Specialists.”
The ‘our’ refers to Amy Cuenca as both TIS’ are now Google for Education Certified Trainers.
Cuenca and Ervin have access to all kinds of great Google resources and are now a part of the Google Education Directory and a network of other Certified Trainers.
“As members of this community, we have access to share and receive ready-to-use training and professional growth resources,” Ervin said. “We will also receive exclusive looks at new Google Product launches.”
To become certified trainers, the TIS’ had to pass both Level 1 and Level 2 Google Educator Exams as well as a Trainer Skills Assessment.
But that was not all.
“We then completed an application process that included standard questions about ourselves and our teaching experiences, as well as self-created video introductions and tutorials, and a case study of a recent technology training we had completed,” Ervin explained.
In order to maintain their status as trainers, Cuenca and Ervin are required to submit proof of providing at least 12 trainings a year and sharing resources in the online community, as well as re-submitting their interest in the program and taking a Google products exam annually.
“I am very excited and honored to have been accepted for the Google for Education Certified Trainer Program,” Cuenca said. “Technology is transforming teaching and learning as it is helping kids learn at their own pace and helps them become creative problem solvers and effective collaborators. Google is at the forefront of Instructional Technology and a huge part of that is providing access to all students. I am excited to be a part of training our teachers and students on technology integration as it has profoundly changed education and is shaping how we prepare our students to be college and career ready.”
In order to pass the Level 1 and 2 exams and the Google for Education Certified Trainer process, Cuenca and Ervin had to study the G Suite for Education tools through their own daily use as Technology Integration Specialists as well as through special online courses and blogs that give guidance on applying for and passing the assessments and training modules.
“The Level 2 and Certified Trainer levels were the most challenging by far,” Cuenca noted adding that anyone who can pass all of the exams and qualifications for Google can become a Google for Education Certified Trainer.
"There are many classroom teachers who have this distinction, but you will find that it best fits those of us who are in a Technology Integration role,” she said. “It takes a lot of time and the process for the Trainer is very selective, so many people with great G Suite mastery and skills do not attempt it.”
Technology Integration Specialists provide dozens of trainings each semester, so meeting the 12 G Suite training minimum should not be a problem.
“I provide group faculty and student trainings, district-wide professional learning opportunities after school hours, 1:1 trainings for teachers, and train at the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education conference each year. In addition, we host a Digital Learning Academy for our district each year in June where I present,” Cuenca said.
Cuenca indicated she will, “Absolutely encourage others to pursue the Google Level 1 and 2 Educator certifications as well as the Google for Education Certified Trainer program. Participating in these assessments and programs will only positively impact our students as we learn more about integrating technology into our daily lessons and activities to positively impact student learning. As Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, said, ‘Technology alone will not improve education, but it can be a powerful part of the solution.’”