About Google Classroom
Google Classroom is a digital learning platform for schools that effectively streamlines the file-sharing process. Learning tools can be brought together centrally to help teachers and educators manage, track, and enhance their students’ educational experiences. With Google Classroom, you can also create, manage, and grade digital assignments and resources for your students. It’s free to use Google Classroom if you have a personal Google account or are working with an organization that uses Google Workspace for Education or Google Workspace for nonprofits. Typically, students and teachers access Google Classroom through a Google account that their school provides.
Curious about Google Classroom’s features and how they can benefit you? Learn more, below.
Google Classroom Features and Benefits
There are many benefits you’ll realize through Google Classroom when you pick from and activate various features in your classes, such as the following.
Managing your assignments and feedback quickly and effectively
In Google Classroom, you can create, send, and receive automatically graded assessments or post discussion questions to get a quick idea of where your students are at and how they’re thinking about assignments or other things. The grading tool streamlines the marking process and allows you to leave comments throughout a student’s assignment for easy reference. And, it’s simple to prepare feedback like guardian summaries. These are emails going out regularly to your students’ parents and guardians with information on any missed work, assignments that are coming up soon, and key class activities and announcements.
When grading assignments and offering student feedback, it’s easy to:
- Instantly move from working with a particular class, assignment, or student.
- Track your students’ progress and export their grades to your school’s student information system.
- Be consistent and transparent in your marking with rubrics that appear beside your students’ work.
- Learn of your students’ performance, feedback, assignments, and deadlines instantly through notifications.
Now, if you’re concerned about how much work you’ll have with the grading tool to mark assignments and create report card comments, or drafting guardian summaries, and student feedback, don’t worry. You’ll save time by easily integrating Google Classroom with third-party assessment tools like FeedbackPanda. With FeedbackPanda, you simply create feedback templates once and repurpose them for each student and class. This saves you a ton of time and effort for each discussion board, formative assessment, report card comment, or guardian summary.
You can keep everything on track and manage multiple classes simultaneously with class templates, automated calendar reminders, and to-do lists for both you and your students. Plus, you can save time by syncing all of your classroom rosters and adding new students with a link-click or code.
Enjoying better work-life balance
With the freedom and flexibility of location independence, you’ll have more opportunities to do the things you want in different places. For example, collaborating on a document with all of your students in real-time or connecting with them face-to-face on Google Meet means you can literally be anywhere in the world with a reliable internet connection.
Personalizing your students’ learning experience
With adjustable accessibility settings, multi-language support, and individual learning plans, you can easily acknowledge and look after each student’s needs. This will go a long way in your ability to offer them a more meaningful and relevant learning experience.
Now that you know what Google Classroom itself can offer you, check out what certification is all about.
What is Google Classroom Certification?
Google Classroom certification is a series of exams you take to qualify as certified in different areas of Google Classroom or other Google education tools. Once you’ve earned Google Classroom Educator Level certification credentials, for instance, you’re considered a master of Google’s suite of education tools along with the integration of Google’s technology.
Certification helps you make the most of Google’s education tools by providing the knowledge base and skills to share your online teaching methods, train other teachers, and help students utilize the tools to collaborate and expand their potential. Being certified helps you to stand out from the crowd by distinguishing yourself in your classroom and throughout your educational career.
Google Classroom Certification Professional Development
There are a few different Google Classroom certification levels and professional development courses available to you. Here’s an overview of each.
- Educator Level 1. For Educator Level 1 certification, you’ll study for and take an exam that showcases your mastery of Google tools in your classroom. These tools include Google Classroom, Google Forms, and Google Drive.
- Educator Level 2. For Educator Level 2 certification, you’ll prepare for and demonstrate your advanced expertise and technology integration skills.
Once you’ve become certified in each Educator level, your skills and expertise in each respective area will be validated to whoever needs to know. This includes employers, parents, students, educational institutions, and others. Plus, you’ll get a badge that will help make your resume, portfolio, and website stand out from the crowd.
If you love showing other teachers and educators how to make the most of the classrooms with Google Tools, why not turn that into a professional certification? The Certified Trainer is just that. You’ll build your leadership skills through rewarding training of your peers to help improve their classroom’s efficiency and the outcomes of their students. Plus, you’ll get to collaborate with a community of Certified Trainers and get your own feature listing in Google for Education’s global EDU Directory.
Keep in mind, you’ll need to have your Educator Level 1 and 2 certifications as prerequisites to becoming a Certified Trainer. You’ll also have to meet these ongoing requirements to keep your Certified Trainer status:
- Conduct and report a minimum of 12 training events each year.
- Share ideas and resources with Google’s trainer community.
- Resubmit your interest in the certification, which includes a yearly product update assessment.
As a Google Certified Coach, you’ll work one-on-one throughout the school year with teachers and educators to shape the way their schools use technology in classrooms and curriculum for maximum impact. The certification teaches you strategies to effectively coach others and gives you access to Google’s coaching model and award-winning curriculum. You can join a community of coaches to connect and gain inspiration from and be invited to coaching professional development events
There are a few ongoing requirements to maintain your status as a Certified Coach:
- Continue working individually with teachers and educators using Google’s five-step Certified Coach model.
- Spend and report at least 100 annual hours of individual coaching in the EDU Activity App.
- Collaborate and share resources and ideas with Google’s coach community.
If you’re passionate about an education cause or issue, Google’s Certified Innovator certification may be perfect for you. With it, you’ll be supported to use technology to solve problems in education. Along with a community of like-minded peers, you’ll advocate to impactfully use Google tools in transformative projects for classrooms, schools and communities.
As a Certified Innovator, you will:
- Have your project featured in Google’s Transformation Center.
- Receive personalized mentorship from other Google Innovators.
- Improve your leadership skills in advocacy opportunities.
It’s great that there are so many Google certification options, but what’s in it for you? We’ll answer that question, below.