Google Certification Programs Updated and Open for Business

Many people ask me about Google 'Certifications' ~ the difference between all of them, what it takes to become either a Trainer, Teacher, or Other? Recently, Google reopened the Google Trainer Application and modified the test taking requirements. Additionally, several 'Teacher Academies' are planned for this year with an open application now through May 14th for Atlanta and Mountain View. So what's the difference and what should you know?

First, if you need to learn the Google Apps, start at the EDU Training Site Here you can learn about the Google Tools and find many resources. If you are already familiar and are thinking about becoming Google 'certified' then you'll want to visit the Certification Page to access everything you need for become a Google Educator, Google in Education Trainer, and/or Google Certified Teacher.

Below I will provide key details about each 'certification.'

Google Educator (everyone starts here*) ~ Level 1 & 2 courses & pass 5 exams.

  • You will need to create an exam account here ~
  • Each exam is $15.00 
  • You will need to pass 5 exams (Mail, Drive, Calendar, Sites and 1 Other of Choice). 
  • Passing is 80% or higher 
  • The 5 exams must be completed within a 90 day period in order to receive your Google Educator Certificate/Status. 
  • Each exam is 60 Questions/90 Minutes.
*Note: Becoming a Google Educator prior to applying to Teacher Academy is recommended but not a requirement.

Google Education Trainer or Google Certified Teacher? Both?

The application for Google Certified Teacher and Trainer are different as well as the process and requirements after becoming 'certified.'

Google Education Trainers generally teach beyond the scope of their school. As a Google Education Trainer you are required to conduct at least three trainings (and report them to Google) per quarter. As a Google Education Trainer you are listed in the 'directory' so it is likely that organizations will reach out to you for possible training opportunities. Google Education Trainers are also required to renew the Google Educator Certificate every 18 months to maintain 'Trainer' status.

Many Google Certified Teachers conduct training on a regular basis and renew their Google Educator Certificate every 18 months but neither are required as a GCT.

Some Google Education Trainers also become Google Certified Teachers and vice versa.

Application for Teacher Academy
The application for Teacher Academy is not as involved as the Trainer application. You will need a updated resume in Google Drive and a 1 minute video uploaded to YouTube and shared via URL in the application. There are questions about your Twitter, blog/site(s), Google Plus accounts as well as a few short answer questions. You can find the Spring 2014 application here. Highlights of the teacher application:

  • Updated Resume 
  • 1 Minute Video 
  • Short Answer Questions 
  • Links to your site(s), blog(s), social media 
Application for Trainer
There is a lot of prep that goes into this application as it is a bigger commitment and designation from Google Education. First, they are looking for people who already have a track record of teaching Google tools to schools. Therefore, the application prep may take time as you build your training experience. While doing that you'll want to be planning or documenting your case study. There are countless things that can be a 'case study' for the application and they will want you to include your training resources, planning, implementation and evaluation as well. The case study requirements can be found here. You will also need a 2 minute video showcasing your training skills (a screencast on a Google tool). Those are the biggest areas of the application process for Google Education Trainer. Trainer application checklist (there is more to the application, but these are the highlights):

  • Google Educator Status (pass 5 exams) 
  • Case Study with training resources 
  • 2 Minute Video (screencast) 
  • Record of training (published resources) 
  • Resume 
  • 3 References from those you have trained 
  • Links to your site(s), blog(s), social media, etc. 
  • Professional organizations you belong to 
"Do I have to attend a Bootcamp or Training to become a trainer?"
No. You can build your skills and application on your own and there is no official academy or training requirement to become a Google Education Trainer? The 'GET' Bootcamps are a great way to learn the course material and share with other inspired educators. In addition, you really get a jump start on the application process and leave with an arsenal of information and ideas to share with others.

"Can I /Should I attend a GET Bootcamp or Training if I am not sure about becoming a trainer?"
Yes! Absolutely. You will leave empowered and chock full of new Google Knowledge and certainly be better prepared for the exams.

Where can I attend a GET Bootcamp or Training?
Apps Events has several scheduled in June ~ Colchester, Vermont, , Kortrijk, Belgiu, Bentincklaan, Rotterdam and Greenwich Connecticut (there are more). Go to for a full list of events.
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How To Bypass Google Drive Viewer and Create Direct Download Links

How To Bypass Google Drive Viewer and Create Direct Download Links

Google Drive has revolutionized the way we share files and collaborate with others. You can upload and share almost any file format you can think of and the people whom you share the file with can easily preview a file, even without installing the needed software on their browser via Google Drive Viewer (PSD and CAD files anyone?).

This is an awesome feature, but there are cases where you may want to share a direct download link instead of taking the user to the browser viewer. Say for example, you need to print a document and the only printer available is connected to a shared PC. If you don’t want to login to your Google account on other computers, a direct link would come in handy.

Amit of Digital Inspiration has found a way to skip the web viewer and allow users to download a file automatically. Currently, Google Drive doesn’t have an easy option to generate direct links through the web UI. To do this, you simply need to edit the URL generated based on the patterns below.

Typical share URL looks like this:

Direct download link equivalent:

As you can see, you only need to note of the FILE_ID. Note that the above URL pattern is for creating direct links to file formats with no Google Drive equivalent such as image and audio files. This trick also works for Docs, Sheets, and Presentations, but with a different URL pattern. I have created a reference table below for your convenience, but you can also take a look at Amit’s original post here.
Google Docs  

Share URL:  

Direct Link Format: (to download as .doc format) (to download as PDF)  

Google Sheets
Share URL:  

Direct Link Format: (to download as an Excel file) (to download as PDF) Google 


Share URL: 

Direct Link Format: (to download as PowerPoint) (to download as PDF)  

Other files

Share URL:

Direct Link Format:

Do you think bypassing Google Drive Viewer is helpful? Let us know in the comments section below.

If you want to see live demonstrations on how other educators use Google Apps and technology to enhance student learning and increase your productivity, join a Google in Education Summit by AppsEvents and learn new knowledge you can implement Monday! Visit for a complete list of summits.
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Google Certified Trainer Application is Open Today through May 16th

If you have been working on your GCT application or it has been ready and waiting for the window to open, that day has arrived!  Today through May 16th you can submit your Google Certified Trainer Application.    For this application you will need to submit:

  • Google Qualified Educator Status (passed the 5 exams)
  • Resume referencing your speaking and training experience
  • References from 3 previous training events.
  • Case Study
  • Training Video
If you have attended a GCT Bootcamp you probably are already close to being ready to submit if not completely!  Please let us know when you are accepted!

If you want to become Google 'Certified' but are not ready to commit to training outside of your organization consider applying to Google Teacher Academy ~ several have been announced for this year.

Everything you need to know can be found at:
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Google Apps Is Free but Don't Sell it That Way

by Allison Mollica ~ AM Technology Edu

Schools that 'go Google Apps' often use  'free' as the selling point to persuade their administrators or constituents.  It is true that organizations are saving thousands to millions of dollars moving their local infrastructure to the cloud (the same way companies did back in the early 1900's with power when the power companies came along).  They do it for many reasons just like companies did for power ~ it is economical, reliable, scalable, efficient, etc...

Just remember, that with Google Apps for Education you are getting a sophisticated collaboration and sharing network, access to dozens (hundreds actually) of applications using 1 account, 1 login, 1 password.  Instantly, barriers and challenges are removed for teachers, tech integrators, tech administrators and students.  Everybody wins.

Chrome Apps allow you to 'add on' almost any tool you
need and most of the time the tool is FREE.  Stop
buying and installing local software and take advantage of
the 'Software in the Cloud'
Google Apps for Education removes barriers to using technology in learning environments whether they are virtual or physical.  There is a unique network of educators, organizations and students globally that learn and share together in the GAFE environment.  Nothing has flattened the classroom more than Google Apps for Education.  That is why it is so widely popular.  It is not about a piece of software or an application.  It is about people, transformation... a cultural shift.

So, don't sell it as free.  That would be discounting the product.  You will also find yourself at a disadvantage when you want your administration to approve an add on such as Vault for archiving,  Synergyse for seamless training,  Spanning for backup or Hapara Teacher Dashboard for workflow and feedback in the classroom ~ all great add ons for GAFE!  

GAFE is a premiere solution for every educational organization not because it is FREE because it is brilliant.

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How To Serve HTML and JavaScript enabled Web Pages via Google Drive

Yes, you read the headline right. You can host your HTML websites with Google Drive!

I'm not sure if any of you have attempted to upload HTML files on their Google Drive (only to end up seeing the source code instead of a web page) but it is actually possible to use Google Drive as your web server. There are just some tweaks you need to do in order to make it work and don't worry they are not very technical.

If you are a teacher handling basic web design and development, this is revolutionary as your students will be able to see their outputs live on the internet and even share it with their parents or friends without having to pay for monthly hosting. If you remember Geocities before, this is a very good alternative. Novice developer for family sites can also use this feature.

Below are the steps on how you can host HTML pages in Google Drive:

There are only 2 things you need to remember in order for your websites to show up on the internet. First, all files and folders must be set to public on the web. Second, you need to find the public URL with the unique webViewLink code.

1. Create a new folder and set its sharing permission to public on the web. As a best practice, you can create a standard “Public” folder on your Google Drive and place all future public files and folders there.


2. Upload your website files and folders. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are viewable as a website. While server side scripts like PHP, are not supported.

Another best practice is to name your home page or start page as index.html to avoid your other files from being displayed to others.

You don’t want this.

If you have an index file, Google will automatically display that page. Otherwise, the files under that directory will be displayed.

3. Open the page you want to publish on the web with Google Drive Viewer. Doing so will let you see the source code for that page. Find the Preview button at the top to see the website version.

A new browser tab or window will be launched displaying your website. Voila!

Get the URL and share it with everyone who you want to see your website. Use URL shortening services like or so you can easily remember your website address.

Some live examples here and here.

So there you have it. You have now learned how to host your own website using Google Drive. Another Google trick added to your list. What a great way for your students to showcase their web design skills!

Don’t forget, if you want to learn more tips and tricks like this, join an AppsEvents Google in Education Summit near you. Visit now!
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EdListen: 2014 VT Google Summit Reflection

EdListen: 2014 VT Google Summit Reflection: This is just a recap of the awesome stuff we learned at the 2014 Vermont Google Summit. Saturday. from +Bjorn Behrendt
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