In today’s intense quest for the best talent, top tech companies are finding increasingly better ways for top performers to realize their sense of purpose. This underscores the interesting relationship between human performance and world-changing ambitions.
Google’s Certified Innovator Program offers to support educators who work for their communities through creative and transformative solutions. The program takes highly-experienced educators with solid skills in Google for Education Technologies, and invites them to join its “Innovation Academies” as they “drive change in education.” Google for Educations skills must be proven with a passing grade on the Google Certified Education Level 2 exam. Fees are currently at $10 USD for Level 1 (required to advance) and $25 USD for Level 2.
The 2017 cohort will begin in London on April 19th. While the innovators for the year’s first session have been chosen, there is still plenty of time to apply for the Washington, DC, event, which has an application deadline of May 29th. The DC Academy will launch the following August, with following Academies in Sydney in August, Stockholm in October, and São Paulo in December. Application dates for these Academies have not yet been announced as of the writing of this article.
Read an interview with Certified Innovators at blog.google/topics/education.
More Google in Education news below:
Administrators of G Suite for Education can now add users outside of their domains into a Classroom. New users can have personal Google accounts or those from other G Suite domains. Schools interested in Google Classroom still need a G Suite for Education subscription.
A guest blog post by Gary Lambert from Beekmantown Central School District in New York discusses the challenges and successes of implementing “affordable and flexible” technologies in Clinton County, a community with a 53% poverty rate. Exposing students to new technology, supporting them in times of perceived failure, and involving students in troubleshooting are some of the successful strategies reported by Lambert.
Read an interview with Jen Holland, program manager for Google’s education team. Holland has been involved with Google Classroom and the Expeditions Virtual Reality app, testing product pilots such as VR sets in public schools, including VR tours and teacher lessons. She extends thank yous to her mentor and to Google for giving her the opportunity to lead the initiative even though she “had no background in VR or creating compelling VR content.”
Available in select countries, news items that show up on search results tiles will include a “fact check” line at the bottom, specifying the organization who conducted the inspection and the outcome of the process. The release of this new feature follows an announcement from Google and the new
ClaimReview tool for verifiers to feature along with the news results. The feature is supported by Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy’s Reporters Lab and the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network. Any organization can apply to join the roster, which today includes Snopes, PolitiFact, the Washington Post, and FactCheck.org.