Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tech Tip of the Week - Febraury 2

Tech Tip of the Week!

This school year, Agora added Google Apps for Education to its technological repertoire.  We are all emailing using Gmail, sharing files in Drive, and collaborating on Google’s Docs, Sheets, and Presentations.  As the first semester has already flown by, you have increasingly become more comfortable using these tools and applications.  As your level of comfort has grown, have you considered becoming a Level I Google Certified Educator? It’s not about being a Google teacher, rather it’s beneficial on how to use the tools more effectively, making individuals – then teams – more effective.

If you are interested in becoming a Level I Google Certified Educator, start at the Fundamentals Training Page.  On that site, you will see several units that review the tools we use and provide tips, tricks, and ideas of how to incorporate them more effectively in your everyday responsibilities.  Once you have completed the trainings, you can move forward to check out Sample Test Questions. 
When you are comfortable with the material, you can register to take the certification exam.  Your exam will be ready within 24 hours of registering.  The cost is $10 and you’re given 180 minutes to take the test.  

This is an optional certification and there is no requirement on your part to do it.  Because this training is optional and not a job requirement, Agora will not reimburse you for getting this certification, however, this certification stays with you for two years.     

If you are interested in some ‘in-house’ tutorials on the Google Apps, all recordings of the Google Apps trainings have been posted to the Ed Tech Site.  They can be located by scrolling to the bottom of the Home Page and looking at the left sidebar.  On Wednesday and Friday of this week @ 3:30, feel free to stop by the Google Apps trainings for a more in depth review of the Level I Google Certification.  The room can be entered here.

If you have any questions about the training, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.
To start training, go here!