We recommend you join the Nat Geo Educator community on Google+ early in the program for the opportunity to connect with like-minded educators, stay up-to-date on certification news, and receive access to special events, content, or collaborations. And we hope you’ll stay active in the community long after the certification program is complete!
- Go to the Google+ Community, linked here.
- Click “Accept.” If you are unable to join, it may be because your school or district has a firewall blocking Google+. Please try again at home, and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are still having trouble.
- If you are not already signed in with a Gmail account, you will be prompted to sign in or create an account.
For specific details about posting your Capstone project, see the Phase 3 instructions.
- Go to the Google+ Community. If you haven’t yet joined, click “Ask to Join.” Someone will approve you by the next business day and you will be able to post then.
- In the Google+ Community, you will see a text box with the phrase “What’s new with you?” Below it, there are options to add photos, a link, video, etc. If you just want to add text, simply begin typing. If you want to upload a photo or video, click the appropriate option below the text box.
- Choose which label you would like to apply to your post. There are options such as “Seeking Advice/Collaboration,” “Ideas and Resources” and “Certification Help.” Don’t worry too much about this—just choose the label that seems to fit best.
- Click share!
You’re free to post whatever you like (within reason!), but here are some ideas to get you started. Educators often post:
- Links to resources or articles they found useful in their classroom
- Questions about teaching strategies or challenges they’re having
- Stories from class projects or trips
- Offers to collaborate on classroom projects such as penpal programs or cultural exchanges
- Questions about the Nat Geo Certification Program—and answers to others’ questions about certification!
- Certification capstone projects