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Month: January 2018

Google Certified Educator(GCE) Level 1 Exam Tips – Theory & Practical.

I’ve recently taken the GCE Level 1 examination, and I like to share my experience along with some fantastic tips for you.

I am happy to report that minutes after I pressed “End Exam,” I received my certificate within 24 hours:

Note that I am an ICT teacher and therefore the second part which contains over 30 practical tasks, did not challenge me that much. Even though I had never used Google apps, I was able to complete the tasks using my experience for similar situations. However, if you do not use Google apps in your daily life, you’re going to find this section very challenging. Hence, I strongly recommend you to go through the topics I listed below and watch my video tutorial to see what necessary skills you must have about the each of these tools. You can find my YouTube tutorial at the end of this article.

NOTE: When you take the exam you have to sign out of your Google account (they will give you a temporary account for the exam), so your bookmarks might not be available, especially if you’re on a Chromebook. So I recommend that you have two computers open during the exam: one for the exam itself, the other to access your bookmarks.

So, let’s begin;


There are 20 questions. Questions types are

  • Matching
  • Multiple choices
  • Drag-drop
  • Selecting one or more correct answer (choose all that apply)

I suggest you not to spend too much time on theory. Going once through the free Google Training thoroughly would be enough.  In some question, common sense can be applied to answer some questions, e.g., “Of following are the benefits of using digital files in your lesson?”. Answers might be as follows;

  • Can be accessed from anywhere
  • Can be shared with the mass group of people easily
  • …and so on.


11 sections and each section has 1 to 5 tasks.

(These may come in any order)

  1. Google Calendar
    1. Creating calendar
    2. Adding a contact to calendar
    3. Creating event
      1. Event settings
  1. Gmail
    1. Creating new label
    2. Sending email
    3. Assigning labels to emails
    4. Adding task to an email
  1. Google Groups
    1. Forming a new group
    2. Adding group members
  1. YouTube
    1. Searching for a specific video /channel
    2. Creating playlist
    3. Adding new videos to a playlist
    4. Adding playlist description
    5. Sharing playlist
  1. Google Docs
    1. Copying and pasting a piece of information from Wikipedia
    2. Adding Comment
    3. Sharing document
    4. Adding footnote
    5. Adding chart
    6. Changing document name
  1. Google Sheets
    1. Calculating average/sum
    2. Sorting data (descending /ascending order)
    3. Creating chart
  1. Google Slides
    1. Adding new textbox
    2. Inserting image
  1. Google Classroom
    1. Creating a class
    2. Inviting students to class
    3. Creating assignment
      1. Assignment settings
  2. Google Sites
    1. Creating a site
    2. Changing site name and page title
    3. Adding new pages to site
    4. Adding editor
    5. Adding content
    6. Inserting image
    7. Attaching a file
  3.  Google Drive
    1. Getting shareable link
    2. Sharing a document
    3. Creating a new folder
    4. Creating a new document
    5. Adding components to a folder
  4. Video Hangouts
  1. Start a Video Hangout from your computer
  2. How to invite others to a Video Hangout

Bottom line: these exams are definitely worthwhile taking. You will learn so much about Google Apps for Education (GAFE), even if you feel like you already know a lot. The process will help you see what areas you have an excellent working knowledge of and what areas you have more learning to do. BONUS: if you pass, you get to display your badges wherever you want proudly. And who doesn’t love badges?!



NOTE: I found these great resources. Take a look at them: fabulous!

Intro to Google Certified Educator Level 1:

Skill Checklist – Google Certified Educator Level 1:


Do you have any more tips for passing the Google Certification exams? Please leave your ideas in the comments below!


Digital Literacy- make your lessons cooler than ever!

I’ve recently met some websites that I believe will make my lessons more fun, inclusive and engaging in all contexts. Don’t worry! It can make yours, too :-). So, let me cut it short and introduce some fantastic websites to you which you will fall in love with all their features as soon as you learn about them.

I know there might be dozens of such websites out there, but these are the best ones I came across so far. One of the best things about them is that they are suitable for all age groups. Another great thing is that they’re flexible to be used for any lesson or in any country with different languages.

So, let’s begin:

1. Kahoot!: Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform for teachers of awesome, classroom superheroes and all learners. Play, learn, have fun and celebrate together!

Kahoots are best played in a group setting, for example, a classroom. Players answer the questions on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson. It creates a ‘campfire moment’ encouraging players to look up and celebrate together. Besides creating your own kahoots, you can search among millions of existing games.

A picture is worth a thousand words!- Check out its YouTube channel to see how fantastic it is.

Visit the website, sign up and get your students play and enjoy!


2. plickers: Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Tailor instruction with instant feedback. Use Plickers for quick checks for understanding to know whether your students are understanding big concepts and mastering key skills.

Love seeing how quick and easy it is to use plickers. Fast, easy, effective formative assessment. To learn more about it, click the links below to watch how it works. Enjoy this amazing tool!


3. GRADECAM: As a teacher, it’s always been a challenge to accomplish the things I needed to do for our students. And still, have time for our life. Fortunately, GradeCam gives us the tools to work smarter instead of harder. You can quickly and easily create customized assessments with different question types in any combination and then print them on regular paper to use it in a variety of ways.

GradeCam also allows you accurately scan and score completed assessments on your own device. Whether it’s your document camera, computer, smartphone or tablet. The best part is that with the touch of a button you can automatically transfer grades to your grade book. It’s that simple!

GradeCam’s free version allows you to create and assent up to 10 questions. However, with a little payment, you can benefit the full version of it. It’s just $15/per month. I advise you to ask your school to purchase it. Purchasing one account will be enough for all teachers in your school! That’s excellent, isn’t it?

Visit its YouTube channel here!

I’ll continue writing about Digital Literacy. Come back soon!


Thanks for stopping by, let me know how these websites contributed to your lessons. I like to hear your stories. Please share it by submitting a comment below.


Google Sertifikalı Eğitimci Olmak İçin 10 Nedeniniz

“Google Sertifikalı Eğitici Olmanın Avantajları Nelerdir?” Cevabı aşağıdaki 10 maddeyi bir araya getirerek sıraladım.

Google Sertifikalı Eğitimci programı öğretmenler için tasarlanmıştır ancak elde etmek isteyen herhangi bir eğitimciye açıktır. Sertifikalı Eğitimci programı iki seviyede sunulmaktadır: temel seviye (Düzey 1) ve ileri düzey (Düzey 2). Sertifikayı iki ayrı seviyede tanımlamak, öğretmenlere yaptıkları işin seviyesine  güre tanınma fırsatı veriyor.google_certification

Neden Google Sertifikalı Eğitimci Olunmalı?

  1. Dijital Öğrenme Stratejileri ve Google Araçları ile Ozguven kazanın.

  2. Öğrencinin Öğrenmesini kolaylaştırın ve ilham verin

  3. Kağıt kullanılmayan Sınıf Oluşturun

  4. Verileri kolayca toplayın ve Geri bildirim araçlarınızı artırın

  5. Cevap ve destek bulmayı öğrenin

  6. Sınıfta Dijital Vatandaşlık ve Dijital Okur Yazarlık Becerilerini Artırın

  7. Etkinliği Artırın ve Zaman Kazanın

  8. Profesyonel Büyümeye ve Liderliğe Katılın

  9. Becerilerinizi Kanıtlayın

  10. Google rozetini alın ve Google Sertifikalı Ailesine katılın

Google Sertifikalı Eğitmen nasıl olunur? (Google Certified Educator) baslıklı yazıyı okumak için tıklayınız.

Bir sonraki yazıda, sınav tecrübelerimi ve sınava hangi  yöntemlerle çalışmanız gerektiğini ele alacağım.

Soru ve önerilerinizi aşağıdaki yorum kısmına yazmayı unutmayınız veya bu sitenin “CONTACT” kısmından bana ulaşınız.

İyi çalışmalar diliyorum.


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