True change is driven by innovative leaders. Become a Certified Innovator and join a community of passionate educators designing creative solutions to the world's toughest challenges in education.
Drive transformation through a project you're passionate about
Inspire other educators through various advocacy opportunities
Grow leadership skills through ongoing learning and development
Receive tailored mentorship from other Innovators
1/ WHO SHOULD JOIN?
Candidates for the Google for Education Certified Innovator program are selected based on their professional experience, their passion for teaching and learning, their innovative use of technology in school settings and their potential impact on other educators. They are ambassadors for change who empower other educators and students through a thriving innovation culture within their own classrooms, schools and organizations.
Innovation occurs at all levels in the school system, so we welcome applicants from all roles: classroom teachers to superintendents. As participants in a community of educators working together to improve schools, Innovators will transform the organizations they’re serving, advocate for change, and grow their own capacity as thought leaders.
Check out the 2016 Cohorts.
2/ WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
|Certified Innovator digital badge + pin|
|Visibility in the Google for Education Directory|
|Monthly learning and development resources|
|Membership in a collaborative community of Innovators|
|Exclusive looks at new Google for Education launches|
|Serve as product ambassadors in focus groups|
3/ HOW CAN I JOIN?
Our application process is designed for you to show off the things that make you an innovative educator. While the program is much more than our products, having a solid background in how to integrate Google for Education technologies in the classroom is an important starting point for inspiring transformative change. Take the Advanced course and Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam prior to applying.
During the application process, we’ll ask you to share your vision to transform education. You’ll need to share this vision via a video and also through a vision deck. This is an opportunity to share your initial vision for an innovative solution to a current challenge in education at any scale: from classroom concerns to global issues. Please articulate the challenge you hope to solve, and explain your idea for an innovative solution. If you are selected to participate in the Innovator Program and attend the Innovation Academy, you will have the opportunity to iterate on this initial vision, so please focus more on exploring new possibilities with great potential rather than fleshing out a complete solution you're already confident in.
|Membership Application Steps|
|1. Google Certified Educator Level 2||
Google Certified Educator Level 2
Take the Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam (~3 hours) to learn cutting-edge strategies for integrating a wider range of Google for Education tools and technologies in the classroom. For more information regarding the Level 1 and Level 2 exams, please check out the FAQ page.
|2. Develop a Vision Presentation||
Develop a Vision Presentation
The presentation should explain the challenge you're trying to solve for and a possible solution.
|3. Film a Vision Video||
Film a Vision Video
Vision Video: You have one minute to creatively explain the challenge and your vision for tackling it.
Submit your membership application with your Level 2 certificate and your vision video. You will also be asked to answer a series of short questions. Your responses should give us a sense of your commitment to the program values: Transform, Advocate, and Grow.
More than just a one time event, as a member of the Certified Innovator Program you can expect 12 months of ongoing support for an Innovation Project that you’re passionate about, participation in a Google for Education Innovation Academy, rich programming and ongoing opportunities for growth and collaboration, and access to a global community of other innovators.
|1. Attend a Google for Education Innovation Academy|
|2. Design and launch an Innovation Project|
|3. Participate in ongoing learning and development opportunities|
|4. Contribute to the Innovator group and in other edtech communities|
4/ WHAT WILL I CREATE?
Innovation Projects are the tools through which Innovators implement and measure their impact. While the mission and outcomes of each Innovation Project will vary from person-to-person, here are some principles that will guide development:
All projects should drive change in education, impact educators and students, and be documented for other educators to follow.
Check out the Innovation Project Directory for examples of projects that our Innovators are currently working on.
5 / APPLY NOW
|Mountain View, CA, USA||January 11, 2016||February 24-26, 2016||
|Boulder, CO, USA||May 10, 2016||June 29 - July 1, 2016||
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada||August 30, 2016||October 5-7, 2016||
|Mexico City, Mexico||October 16, 2016||December 1-2, 2016||
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