Google kids

The Payson Unified School District last week recognized a slew of students who passed tough Google technology tests.

Way Googley.

And proud as punch.

The Payson Unified School District recently recognized a slew of students who passed tough Google technology tests, which will not only boost technology in the district, but provide the students with marketable skills.

The district gave certificates to students who had passed a Google certification in the use of G-Suites, which includes programs to do word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and collaborative projects. The certification of a host of students in what promises to become a marketable professional skill comes in the wake of Google recognizing PUSD as one of the 235 “Googleist” districts in the world, based on the use of technology.

The tough test included communications, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, slides, forms, G-mail, and calendar applications.

Payson Schools Superintendent Greg Wyman commended the district’s technology staff for winning the designation and making sure so many students could pass the certification test.

“This will not only help the district, it helps when those kids go out and meet employers. The certification says, ‘You don’t have to teach me to use these tools.’”

The district’s technology director Victoria Andrew said, “This knowledge is transferable. A lot of our adults don’t understand how to use a spreadsheet. Having three of our middle school kiddos pass this test is huge. I’ve had students come back and say college expected us to use these tools and I was the only one in my group who knew how to use it.”

Contact the writer at paleshire@payson.com

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