As educators and professionals in a very demanding role we are all aware that we have a responsibility to keep the communication loop open and feedback is an important part of our work. We must communicate with colleagues, leaders, our students and their families, as well as the broader community. This is all on top of the core business we have of supporting the learning and exploration of concepts outlined in the governing curriculum to rank students against a continuum of learning outcomes and communicate this information with the stakeholders who require this information.
I have been using Google Apps for approximately 12 months and I have spoken to many educators who have gone through the process of becoming a Google Certified Teacher. I am inspired by this and believe I have the knowledge and skills to achieve this. My plan became actions when, in April I travelled to Sydney for the Ed Tech Team’s Google Summit. I thought I was very knowledgeable with my use of the suite and my goal for the conference was to make connections and meet some inspirational educators along the way. Instead, I learnt so much my brain was almost ready to explode after 2 days of “Google in Action”. I also learnt that there is so much I DON’T know about the suite and in particular the scripts that make the suite so much more powerful.
Following this, I returned home inspired and determined to achieve Google Certification. I studied thoroughly and completed the exams to achieve Google Certified Educator within a week of leavng Sydney. This was another steep, but very rewarding, learning curb. I now felt knowledgeable enough to present my skills to a wider audience. This opportunity came when I applied to present at our upcoming professional Development Day.