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.
One nice discovery from my cell phone free agency process was to find out that teachers get monthly discounts on their cell phone plans. I cannot believe that I have taught for 11 years (5 private, 6 public) and have been paying full price for all of them! Perhaps, I am the last one to find out, but if not, here's the deal: