ROXBURY, NJ - A dozen Roxbury students recently earned Google G-Suite Certification having proven their knowledge of the software.

The certifications were possible because, as a Google Reference District, Roxbury was afforded a pilot opportunity from Google to have students 13 years and older pilot a G-Suite Certification for Students.  The certification is designed to measure a student’s ability to work, communicate and collaborate in real-time using G-Suite.

Roxbury offered the certification program to a limited number of students in November and December. The certification program normally costs $37.50, but the fee was waived for those interested in participating this year.

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The students who attained the certifcation were eighth graders Emilia Stumpo, Camila Gil, Sean Feeney, James Winters, Luke Scaraggi, freshman Eric Folsom, juniors Adam Reingold, William Fulton, Ammar Alam and seniors Robert Rust, Caitlin Menor and Courtney Graf.

As the workplace becomes increasingly digital, collaborating effectively using real-time productivity tools is becoming a prerequisite skill, said the school district. "A Google Cloud certification in G Suite signals to employers a person’s readiness to operate in today's modern work environment," it noted. "By earning the G Suite certification, individuals prove their ability to use cloud-based tools to create and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and files. Students demonstrate that they can communicate effectively with email and online meeting solutions."

This voluntary program examined and verified the proficiency of key features of the G-Suite platform which included Drive, Gmail, Hangouts Meet, Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Ruth Davis and Teresa Rehman, from Roxbury’s Technology Department, created a G-Suite for Students game to help the participants prepare.

“We reviewed the exam guide and Ruth added in the hands-on activities that Google shared so students could earn a badge in Roxbury EDGE as well,” said Rehman.

EDGE is a "self-directed, online personalized learning program developed uniquely for Roxbury teachers and students," said the district. "EDGE supports self-paced course games for teachers focused on Tech Tools, G-Suite and Pedagogy and Media Literacy and Career Pathway for students. Individuals can complete activities within minutes and progress through the game as they level up and earn points."

For more information about Roxbury EDGE visit https://sites.google.com/roxbury.org/attherox/.