Summer is fast approaching and the landscape is still uncertain due to Covid-19. When school ends there will be time and opportunity to build capacity in the areas of remote learning. There are various platforms teachers can focus on:
Google offers multiple levels of certification for educators and classroom teachers that want to “demonstrate proficiency in using Google for Education tools.” (Google) Certification is offered at 3 levels, the last one being a Google Certified educator. The lesson themselves are free, however the assessment to receive the certification is a nominal fee. Individuals that complete the Google for Education program build confidence and their capacity in using technology to increase student engagement and success.
Microsoft Educator Center
Microsoft offers various pathways to become a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE). Similarly, the professional development is free. Those that participate must have a Microsoft account or Office 365 account to register for the course work. Coursework pathways include 21st century learning design, remote learning, classroom inclusion, STEM, Office 365, student teaching and more. Each MIE pathway tells you exactly how many courses, hours, and points needed to receive the micro-credential, making completion flexible to meet your schedule.
Lynda.com, from LinkedIn, is an online learning platform that helps individuals achieve personal and professional goals; the areas include business, software, technology, and creative skills. Lessons come in five different languages and provides access to an extensive video library. There is a cost to use the platform, however discounts are given to educators, along with a free month. 100% of Lynda.com courses are available of the LinkedIn Learning platform; however LinkedIn membership is not required.