Updated: Dec 16, 2020
There are so many incredible online platforms that can transform digital teaching and learning experiences.
However, it can be so overwhelming with all of the different platforms. I recommend starting with one major platform such as Google.
The Google Educator modules support teachers in keeping organised without doubling up with information in multiple places. Data can be entered once (and sometime for you) and analysed in many ways through a range of tools at a glance. Creating differentiated lessons are simple to create and include media to make lessons engaging and interactive.
I started with Google Educator Level 1. I am confident in using Google Tools, however, I did learn a few things with some I hadn't used before. Now I am using them and it has saved me so much time and energy. There are lots of little tips that I learned along the way that are very helpful.
You don't necessarily need to take the exam at the end. However, for me it brought together everything I had learned and gave me confidence in my knowledge. There were clear step by step instructions in a range of scenarios and multiple choice questions. The exam was three hours long and costs $15.08 (NZD).
Google Educator Level 2 was much of the same. I enjoyed exploring the educational tools that the learning modules provided, such as Google Lit Trips, Google Earth and so so many more. Level 2 definitely opened my eyes on how I could integrate more meaningful digital teaching and learning in my classroom.