Cedar Valley educators aim to become Google Certified

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 10.28.37 AMThe staff at Cedar Valley Middle School are preparing to take the Google Certified Educator exams. Mastering these exams will demonstrate the staff’s ability to integrate Google for Education technology tools in the classroom and professionally for productivity.

Every staff member who works with students is being provided training and support in preparation for Level 1 and Level 2 certification. To become certified, educators must pass two three hour online exams.

“So far, every teacher who has become certified has come away with a new tool or resource they’ve found useful in their classroom,” said Mary Ellen Yonker, Cedar Valley instructional technology specialist. “It confirms how valuable and worthwhile this initiative is for Cedar Valley.”

Student impact is expected to yield:

  • Increased student learning: Effective and regular integration of technology for teaching and learning increases student engagement and consequently student learning.
  • Streamlined assessment for remediation: Utilizing Google Apps for Education allows for grading student work efficiently and sharing results quickly. Teachers will also be able to monitor group and long-term projects while providing feedback throughout the project. With Google products, students will have increased opportunities for improving their work prior to submitting a final product.
  • Improved technology literacy: Regular, consistent use of Google products for learning
    will improve students’ technology skills.

“Preparing for the Google Certified Educator exams demonstrates the staff’s dedication to lifelong learning,“ Cedar Valley Principal Matt Groff said. “This growth-minded approach to learning and applying technology into daily lessons has already sparked a rise in the confidence levels of the staff.”

Staff training and support is funded through an Innovative School Grant awarded to Cedar Valley by the District.

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