Gaggle adds Google and Microsoft trainings for PD

By Laura Devaney
August 11th, 2015

Gaggle adds Google and Microsoft training options; trainers obtain certifications to help educators use leading technology

gaggle-PDBefore the school bell rings to start a new year, administrators are planning instructional training and professional development to help teachers and staff learn new technology and skills.

Gaggle is expanding its professional development and training options.

Schools or districts using Google Apps for Education or Office 365 can receive onsite or webinar training to meet their specific needs. In addition, they can receive training on Gaggle products such as the Safe Classroom Learning Management System (LMS) or Safety Management for Google Apps and Safety Management Office 365.

Two Gaggle trainers, Amber Aplington-Johnson and Tracy Duncan, are a vital part the company’s increased professional development and training options. They spent the summer obtaining new certifications.

A Google Certified Educator, Aplington-Johnson proved her proficiency in Google Apps for Education by taking courses and exams on Google Sites, Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Drive. She has worked at Gaggle since 2008 in various roles, including as a customer account representative and account specialist.

Duncan became a Google Certified Educator last year and this summer received her Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification. MCE certification validates that Duncan has the technology literacy competencies needed to provide custom learning experiences for Office 365 users.

“Amber and Tracy are committed to enhancing their knowledge of our products and other leading educational technology that schools use,” said Heather Durkac, Vice President of Customer Operations, at Gaggle. “Educators can feel confident that, regardless of the technology, Gaggle’s experienced trainers can deliver successful professional development and training.”

A new video details the expanded professional development and training options and includes testimonials from educators across the country who have benefited from Gaggle training.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura