DCSD’s Jefferson named prestigious ‘Google for Education Certified Innovator’
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Carla Jefferson, instructional technology coordinator for the Darlington County School District, recently attained Google for Education’s highest professional certification and is invited to attend the Google for Education Innovation Academy at Google headquarters in Toronto, Canada. Upon her return, Jefferson will be a Google for Education Certified Innovator, one of less than 1,000 in the world, according to Google.
The certification means Jefferson will join Google’s premier educational professionals network, allowing access to innovative ideas and collaboration. She will also receive ongoing support from Google for Education to design and implement technological solutions and projects in her work.
Thirty-six Google for Education Certified Innovators will attend the Innovation Academy in early October after an application process that considered professional experience, passion for teaching and learning, innovative use of technology in schools and impact on other educators. A portion of the selection process included a review of a technology project proposal each candidate submitted. Jefferson aspires to create an accessible digital space for students to collaborate through blogging. A video highlighting her idea can be found at https://youtu.be/rJbW-CqadGE.
At the Innovation Academy, Jefferson “will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture” in Darlington County School District, according to an email from Google.
“The application process contained elements that allowed Carla to demonstrate her creativity, innovation, experience, and leadership in the field of education,” Google said. “Carla’s innovation project focused on the vision to create an easily searchable space for classrooms and kids to list, find, and connect with each other through their blogs.”