Become a Google Certified Educator Level 1

Northern Buckeye’s Google Certified Educator (GCE) Level 1 online cohort will take an educator through all the preparation they will need for the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam. 

The course will be facilitated by Google Certified Trainers Kristie Hughes and Chris Malanga using Google Classroom. The course, which can be completed at your own pace, opens three times per year – fall, spring and summer.

Future scheduled cohort dates include:

  • Spring 2021: January 18 – April 16, 2021
  • Summer 2021: May 17 – August 6, 2021
  • Fall 2021: TBD


The course consists of eight total modules that combine on-demand video, multiple choice questions and scenarios that mimic the format of the Google Certified Educator exam and allow you to showcase understanding of each topic.
While the course is self-paced, we recommend that participants plan to complete at least one module every two weeks. 

Following completion of the self-paced modules, participants are encouraged to take the GCE Level 1 exam. Information on how to register and study will be provided.
 
Please note that there is a limit of 200 participants in the cohort

Frequently Asked Questions

How often is the GCE cohort offered?
The cohort opens three times per year – fall, spring and summer. The Spring cohort will run January 18 through April 16, 2021. The Summer cohort will run May 17 through August 6, 2021.
Is there a cost?

There is no additional cost for the cohort for teachers and staff from the Northern Buckeye full member districts and five full service non-member districts. Click here to see if your district is eligible for this training at no additional cost. The cost of the cohort is $150 for teachers and staff of other non-member schools or non-public schools. If a group of teachers from non-member or non-public schools wishes to participate, and the school handles payment for the teachers, there is a 50% discount.

Is credit available for the cohort?

Educators have two options for credit – CEUs and college credit from Ashland University. Please see the CEU Information and Ashland Credit sections for more details.

What work do I have to do for this?

There are eight modules that make up the GCE Level 1 cohort. In each module, participants will complete the following:

  1. Videos – watch these to learn about the various Google tools. Slides from the videos are included for reference.
  2. Scenarios – practice the skills taught in the video. Follow the instructions step-by-step and provide screenshots and/or links as requested.
  3. Assessment – multiple choice questions similar to those you’ll find on the Google exam. Attempting these questions gets you credit for them; the score does not matter.
  4. Exit Ticket – complete this after you have completed everything and turned it in. This prompts us to grade.
What do you mean by self-paced?

Participants can complete the modules at their own pace. We recommend that participants plan to complete at least one module every week and a half.

When can I get started?

Cohort information, including prerequisites and NWOCA.info account setup will be sent the week before the cohort opens. If you have registered after the cohort start date, it takes 24-48 hours to get this info.

When does registration open? When does it close?

Registration generally opens the month before the cohort start date. Registration will close one month prior to the cohort closing date. For Summer 2021, registration opens on April 1, 2021 and will close on July 5, 2021.

How do I register for the cohort?

Fill out the Google Form linked from the main GCE level 1 page.

Is there a limit to the number of people who can participate in the cohort?

There is a limit of 200 participants in the cohort each time it is offered.

College Credit or CEUs - Your Choice

If a teacher participates in the entire cohort, they can earn up to 24 seat hours of time (1.2 CEU) to be used toward licensure renewal. Following completion of each module and verification of the tasks by the instructors, a certificate for three contact hours will be provided.

Alternatively, you can choose to receive one graduate credit through Ashland University for an additional cost of $180 per credit. More information about graduate credit will be available at the start of the course.

Cost Information

There is no additional cost for the cohort for teachers and staff from the Northern Buckeye full member districts and 5 full service non-member districtsClick here to see if your district is eligible for this training at no additional cost.

The cost of the cohort is $150 for teachers and staff of other non-member schools or non-public schools. If a group of teachers from non-member or non-public schools wishes to participate, and the school handles payment for the teachers, there is a 50% discount. 

Course Modules

Classroom and Groups

Google Classroom is a great way to organize your classwork and communicate with your students. In this module, you’ll learn the basics of Classroom – setting up your class, adding students, and assigning work. You will also take a look at how you can use Google Groups to communicate with students, parents and other stakeholders.

 

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Drive, Docs and Keep

Get organized in Drive, work effectively in Docs, and create lists in Keep. This module covers tips and tricks in Drive, ways to effectively collaborate with others in Docs, and make todo lists in Google Keep. Get and stay organized with Google Apps.

 

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Slides and Drawings

You may know about Google Slides, but it is way more than a presentation tool. You’ll learn the basics of Slides as well as how to make your Slides more engaging. Google Drawing is one of those tools that most people don’t know about, but once they are introduced, they love it. Let’s get our creativity on!

 

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Chrome, Google Help, Search, Personal Learning Networks (PLN), and Google Specialists

Do you know how to organize your bookmarks in Chrome? How about tips and tricks in finding exactly what you are looking for? This module will highlight ways to make Chrome work for you. Learn also how to effectively set up your own personal settings and your PLN circles.

 

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Gmail, Calendar, Tasks and Contacts 

With everything going on in our lives, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It’s time to get organized using fabulous free tools from Google! We’ll focus on the basics in Gmail, Google Calendar, Tasks and Contacts, and look at how these tools integrate with one another. Work smarter, not harder and get your life more organized!

 

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Forms and Sheets

You can create surveys in Google Forms, but did you know you can also create assessments, and have Google grade it for you? Learn how to create effective forms, and how to collect and read the data in Sheets. See how you can easily sort and filter your data and provide visuals with charts. This module will help you in collecting and understanding your data.

 

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Meet and YouTube

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all experienced video conferencing. In this module, you’ll learn more about Google Meet, Google’s online meeting solution. Get tips and tricks to make online teaching even easier. Everyone’s heard of YouTube, but did you know it’s more than just silly videos? Learn how to harness the power of YouTube to engage your students. Share videos, create playlists and more!

 

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Digital Citizenship and Sites

You know not to share your password, but how about other ways to be good digital citizens? How about your students? This module focuses on best practices for you, and also for students. Learn also how to create a classroom website for students, parents, or maybe even for your sports fans. See how easily you can organize your most important items on a Google Site.

 

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Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam

The GCE Level 1 Certification Exam is three hours long. Exams are conducted online at a time scheduled by you.The exam cost of $10 is to be paid directly by the participant (we will provide further information). 

Please note: Participants may join the cohort even if they do not intend to take the Level 1 Exam.