Knowing the latest education technology (edtech) can help future teachers better manage their classrooms when they start student teaching. It also makes their resumes stand out to potential employers.
That’s why National Louis University’s National College of Education is offering a Google Certified Educator professional development course this winter and spring. Pre-service teacher prep candidates are flocking to sign up for the course, which will prepare them to incorporate the “G Suite,” a range of Google apps formerly called Google Apps for Education, into their student teaching field placements.
Teacher prep candidates may sign up for the spring quarter course, April 4 to June 9, at www.nl.edu/googlecertifiededucator.
Rare opportunity for edtech learning
“What is unique about this opportunity is that the course is being offered through one of our alumni who is a Google certified trainer, and an initiative through Google to work with pre-service educators at NLU,” said Lisa Mozer, director of NLU’s Office of Field Experience.
NLU alum Dave Chan, a Google certified educator, worked with Google to design the professional development course. During winter quarter, it is running for 10 weeks from Jan. 13 to March 17. The curriculum covers such topics as “paperless classroom,” “measuring student growth” and “creating interactive lessons using video.”
Other topics include “save time communicating,” “organizing activities online” and “teaching students online skills.”
Qualifies teacher prep candidates to take Google exam
The course prepares future teachers for the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam. They will become well versed in using best practices in integrating technology into their teaching.
NCE students taking the course, which costs $50, will also become more confident, classroom-ready and prepared to differentiate themselves in the job market.