When I became a computer technician in 1997 everybody was talking about different certificates. The two major ones were MCP and MCSE that was provided by Microsoft. They served as a warranty that you knew your stuff in a specific area, and they can be compared with authorizations that are common in the car industry. It is now possible to become a certified teacher at Microsoft and Google, and I recently received my Google certificate.
Google Certified Educator
The first time I heard about Microsofts Certificate for educators, I honestly thought it mostly sounded somewhat cute, but not much more than that. I thought about the extensive training that is often combined with Microsoft's certifications. I thought (stupidly enough) that this was some cute mini-variation they had created mostly for advertisement. When I started looking at the education (I wanted the cute batch!) I began to realize that this wasn't some light version after all, this was for real.
Today, many of us have started using, or have been told to start using, Google Drive. I get many questions about this, and I thought I'd write a brief and simple blog post to explain what Google Drive is all about.
Isn't "drive" a verb?!
Let's start with the word "Drive". You're first thought might be that "drive" is a verb, but it has been used as a noun for many years among nerds. It all started a long time ago when computers' screens were still black and just had a small flashing line (a prompt) where you had to type commands to get the computer to do what you wanted. The person who administered the computer needed to know quite a few different commands to make things happened inside the computer. One of these commands was the command "drive", used as a verb. This command awakened different attached devices so the computer could display their content. These devices could be a hard drive, a specific part of the hard drive or a floppy disk you had brought from home.
I often get asked why all documents and Powerpoints look so ugly when you upload them to Google Drive. Sometimes I even meet people who do not want to use the Google environment because "everything looks so strange". Luckily, there is a simple check box that makes everything look as nice as it did in Word!
This is the thing with Google Drive!
One may ask why this feature is not turned on automatically, but it is really not that strange when you think about it. Google Drive is a warehouse to store your files. This means that Google's main rule is to protect all your files as good as it possibly can and make sure that not a single zero is bent on their heads.
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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