Hot off the heels of my Google Teacher Academy reflection, it appears that Google has unveiled its much anticipated (as discussed on the GTA Google Group) Certification Program for Trainers and Partners. It appears to be a valid attempt to get more trainers (and perhaps not just teachers) out there to spread the good word about Google Apps for Education. According to the site, there are three attainable levels: Qualified Individual, Certified Trainer, and Certified Partner. To achieve the first level, you must pass 6 online exams, each costing $15. This seems reasonable, especially compared to Microsoft certification exams, but I imagine that this process is not quite as rigorous. Still, it's nice to make the program accessible to a wide spectrum, and we shall see who ends up benefiting the most from the increased opportunities. I will most likely complete the certification process this summer and depending on my experience, I will potentially recommend interested ETHS educators to complete the program in order to build a group of Certified Trainers in our area.
The following is the live feed (or if you're reading this after the event - the archived feed) of a presentation at ISTE 2011 titled "Climbing the Interactive Whiteboard Mountain" given by Bret Gensburg . The session took place on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 10:30-11:30 pm (EST) at the Philadelphia Convention Center. &lt;p&gt;&amp;amp;lt;a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=eea0d87e28" &amp;amp;gt;Live @ ISTE 2011 - Climbing the Interactive Whiteboard Mountain&amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt; For more thoughts on Teaching and Learning Technology, please consider subscribing to the RSS feed or through email .