I’ve been home for a week since the conference ended and am still getting caught up on various work threads as I try to put the year to bed. My goal? Take a holiday break: time to tackle the book pile, watch favorite movies, and look forward to 2018.
But, there is one last item on my 2017 professional to do list: taking the Google Level 1 Educator test. I’ve been working through the online training. I still have a few units to complete and should probably do a review of all of them before taking the test. I have made changes in my google usage, particularly related to email.
One of my goals for 2018 is to be more productive around email. Thanks to the training, I have reinstated the tabbed view of gmail and created some filters to help get emails where they should be. I haven’t ever been able to maintain inbox zero but may experiment with using an Action category. I have started making emails into tasks and that was incredibly helpful as I tracked last minute registration changes for the conference. And, while this wasn’t covered in the training documents, I set up a few “canned responses” to use.
So…as the work to do list gets less intense, the personal/professional to do list takes priority. I’ve heard from some people in the various GEG communities with tips for taking the test and will collect and share them here.
For many online courses, the weekly deadline is Sunday at 11:59 PM. While it wasn’t quite that late when I got online to start the Google training, it was late-ish. I knew some of the content as I had completed the first section over the summer and figured I didn’t need a lot of time to get back up to speed.
So, like many of my online students, I missed the opportunity to spend the week considering the content and really thinking about the questions. The first unit focuses on general ideas about using technology and helping students develop citizenship skills. I spent a little time brainstorming ideas for integration but did not meet the level of detail in the examples. I love that I can go back and expand on my original ideas.
Well…it turns out I am already behind! I went to check my study plan against the training center and realized that I had planned to do Units 1 and 2 this week. I didn’t complete Unit 2: Expand Your Access to Help and Learning. Guess I better dive in after my meeting tonight.
Then, my goal is to schedule time for Units 3 and 4 earlier this week so I have time to really dig into the content.
I’ve seen a couple folks in the GEGs who are interested in tagging along with me. Not sure how we might work together beyond just moral support: share ideas, tips, questions.