The Gamification of our Google Certification Process

Last year, we offered Google Certification Training in the spring semester and a Google Certification Bootcamp in June.  We are happy to say that 33 staff members went through the training and passed the Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam!

While we were extremely pleased with the response of the staff and the 33 new Google Certified Educators, we felt that the format of our training and bootcamp was not conducive to what we have been asking teachers to be doing…less lecture, more exploring.

So, we gamified our Google Certification Training by creating OBSIDIAN, a secret agent game that prepares individuals for the Google Certified Educator exam by playing the game.

The premise of the game is that you are a secret agent working for the CHROME (Coordinated Humanitarian Resource Office for a Modern Earth) organization that is focused on maintaining global progress through behind-the-scenes funding and support of those at the forefront of medical, social, and educational advancement.

CHROME operatives have been secretly battling against another evil and mysterious organization since the beginning. The evil organization is known as OBSIDIAN whose worldview is focused on bringing the world back to the Dark Ages. It plans to accomplish this goal by ending modern communication and thus eliminating all human advancement. The organization has an unknown leadership structure and no members have ever been taken alive. Apparently they communicate through old world means and through codes hidden in today’s technology. Legend has it that there are 12 OBSIDIAN locations spread around the world.

YOUR MISSION is to complete objectives at each of the OBSIDIAN locations and work towards locating the central headquarters and bringing an end to the evil organization.

To learn more about the logistics of the game, visit the OBSIDIANGC website.

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