At Witton Park Academy, Google for Education is the backbone of everything we do. It is the foundation that we build upon, to provide teaching and learning that is empowered by integrating technology. These steps help us provide innovative methods of learning for our students, that allows them to build their skills in key areas such as critical thinking and collaboration.
To help drive these methods, Witton Park Academy has a range of expertise from Google for Education tools in general, to 3rd-party integrations, to getting the most out of accessibility features built into our Chromebooks. We have a Google Lead and an EDTech Lead for Teaching & Learning, they are both Google Certified Trainers, and the EDTech Lead is also a Google Certified Innovator – the highest and most prestigious accolade from Google. Together they have upskilled our teachers exponentially.
We currently have over 75% of teaching staff holding the Google Certified Educator Level One certification, with a good number already holding Level Two and many actively working towards it. The knowledge and expertise doesn’t stop there, the majority of our teachers also hold further certifications and accreditations in 3rd-party applications that integrate with GSuite and Chromebooks. Some teachers have become Brand Ambassadors for these tools, helping to train our staff and other schools. Each tool offers something different to help with providing quality lessons to our students. We will continue to develop skills and knowledge in these areas as the impact is highly positive.