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Increase Efficiency and Save Time With G-Suite: Advanced
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Microcredential ID : 2664
Stack
Google Advanced
Credits
0.5 USBE Credit

Description
This microcredential focuses on educators' use of Google Apps to increase instructional efficiency. Google Apps provide educators with a variety of tools to optimize workflow, analyze and interpret data, and organize course and school materials more effectively. This microcredential focuses on demonstrating competency with a range of Google Apps, including Sheets, Forms, Calendar, Gmail, Google Classroom, Google Sites, and Blogger, as well as the use of various Google Chrome Extensions and Application Add-Ons.
How To Earn This Microcredential
To earn this 0.5 credit microcredential you will submit 2 types of evidence from the list below to demonstrate your competency in using advanced G-Suite tools to optimize workflow, analyze and interpret data, and organize course and school materials more effectively. You will also complete a short written or video reflective analysis. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!
Fees
If you submit this microcredential for review, you will be assessed an administrative fee of $20.00.
Clarifications
This microcredential and the others in the Google Advanced stack are meant for educators to earn after completing the Google Fundamentals stack. Educators completing this microcredential will demonstrate their understanding of how to use various advanced G-Suite resources for professional growth and leadership.
Important Terms
Add-On: A third party feature that can be added to a G-Suite application such as Docs or Sheets that increases the functionality of the application.

Google Chrome Extension: Extensions are small software programs that customize the browsing experience.

Curate: The process of searching for, saving, retrieving, and sharing online resources.

Formative Assessment: An informal procedure conducted by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student outcomes.
Background Scenario / How This Will Help You
Mrs. Hopper wants to better organize materials for her students and their parents. She creates a public Google Site where she includes a Google Calendar with class events and assignments, a course syllabus and disclosure documents, announcements, links to online resources, and examples of student work. She also includes Google slide presentations and a shared Google Drive folder with classroom material. Mr. Black spends too much time each morning reading, responding to, organizing, and finding emails in his ever-expanding gmail inbox. He uses labels and filters to organize mail, creates Google contact lists to send group emails, and responds quickly with canned responses. From within gmail, he saves attachments to Google Drive, notes to Google Keep and events to Google Calendar. Additionally, he uses the Yet another Mail Merge add-on in Google Sheets to send and track personalized emails.
Evidence Options
Category: Preparation and Planning
Select ONE of the evidence options below to demonstrate your preparation and planning to use G-Suite tools to support learning.
Lesson Plan: Submit a well-developed lesson plan you have used in your instruction that includes a formative assessment created with Google Forms using the self-grading quiz function. In addition, use the AutoMastery Forms Add-on to differentiate student instruction based on results of the assessment. In the lesson plan, include an editable copy of your Google Form. This evidence should demonstrate your effectiveuse of Google Forms and add-ons to support formative assessment. In a separate section of the lesson plan, include citations for research supporting your instructional approach. (See the resources section for examples to cite.)
Unit Plan: Submit the outline of a unit plan you have used in your instruction that includes formative assessments created with Google Forms using the self-grading quiz function. In addition, use the AutoMastery Forms Add-on to differentiate student instruction based on results of the assessment. In the lesson plan, include an editable copy of your Google Forms. This evidence should demonstrate your consistent use of Google Forms and add-ons to support formative assessment. In a separate section of the unit plan, include citations for research supporting your instructional approach. (See the resources section for examples to cite.)
Category: Implementation
Select ONE of the evidence options below to demonstrate your effective implementation of G-Suite tools to support learning.
Video: Using a Google Chrome extension such as Screencastify, submit a narrated video screencast demonstrating how you are using Chrome Extensions to curate web resources for your professional and teaching practice. Examples of extensions include Google Keep, Pinterest, Evernote, Pocket, Tab Cloud, etc.Your screencast should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of a variety of curation tools. This video should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of Google Chrome extensions to support learning.
Student Work: Submit a Google Sheet with links to at least 3 of your learners’ Google Site digital portfolios they have used consistently over a length of time as an evidence of their learning. This evidence should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of Google Sites to support digital portfolios. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Observation Results: Submit observations results from an administrator or colleague describing the way you use Google Classroom consistently and effectively to improve student collaboration, optimize learner/teacher workflow, and manage learner-paced projects. The observation notes should touch on various features of Google Classroom (e.g., Share to Classroom extension, Quizzes, Materials, Questions, and Assignments). This evidence should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of Google Classroom.
Video: Using a Google Chrome extension such as Screencastify, submit a narrated video screencast of your Gmail account. Your narration should describe your use of these advanced features of Gmail: (1) add a signature; (2) add a canned response; (3) create labels to organize emails; (4) create and apply filters; (5) create contact labels for emailing groups. This video evidence should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of Gmail to support instruction and learning.
Video: Using a Google Chrome extension such as Screencastify, submit a narrated video screencast of your Google Drive Folder. In your descriptive and explanatory narration, be sure to touch on your use of form(s), associated Google Sheet(s), and/or document(s) from at least one of the following add-ons: (a) Form Publisher (Forms); (b) Form Ranger (Forms); (c) DocAppender (Forms), or (d) Autocrat (Sheets). These should be artifacts from your instruction, and should demonstrate how the use of add-ons has increased workflow, efficiency, and/or data analysis within your professional setting.
Video: Using a Google Chrome extension such as Screencastify, submit a narrated video screencast of a Google Site that you have used with learners over time. Be sure your descriptive and explanatory narration touches on all of the following: (1) calendar; (2) syllabus or course description; (3) resources; (4) announcements; (5) images/videos; (6) Google Slide presentation. This evidence should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of advanced features of Google Sites to support instruction and learning.

Review Criteria
Criterion 1. The evidence demonstrates a proficient use of the selected G-Suite tools with required functionality.

Criterion 2. The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses advanced features of Google Apps effectively to optimize workflow, analyze and interpret data, and/or organize course and school materials more efficiently.

Criterion 3. The evidence demonstrates that the educator has used Google Apps consistently over time to optimize workflow, analyze and interpret data, and/or organize course and school materials more effectively.
Reflection Prompts
Describe how you have used at least two of the advanced features of Google Apps effectively and consistently in your professional environment.
Describe how you have used at least two of the advanced features of Google Apps consistently over time and the effect they have had on your ability to optimize workflow, analyze and interpret data, and/or organize course and school materials more effectively.
How do you plan to develop your use of the G-Suite tools evidenced for this badge in the future?

Review Criteria
Criterion 1. The reflection demonstrates competency in using at least two of the advanced features of Google Apps proficiently and effectively in their professional environment.

Criterion 2. The reflection demonstrates consistent use of at least two of the advanced features of Google Apps over time and the effect they have had on their ability to optimize workflow, analyze and interpret data, and/or organize course and school materials more effectively.

Criterion 3. The reflection demonstrates a clear plan for how to continue and improve the use of the selected G-Suite tools in the future.
Resources
Data Validation G-Suite Support
https://support.google.com/docs/answer/186103?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform=Desktop
This is the G-Suite help center for Google Sheets and data validation.

Google Calendar G-Suite Support
https://support.google.com/calendar?hl=en#topic=3417969
This is the G-Suite help center for Google Calendar.

Google Classroom G-Suite Support
https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/?hl=en&authuser=0#topic=6020277
This is the G-Suite help center for Google Classroom.

Google Forms G-Suite Support
https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6281888
This is the G-Suite help center for Google Forms.

Adding Automastery or other add-ons to Google Forms
https://youtu.be/kXTgdUdcSUU
This YouTube video shows how to add and use Automastery and other add-ons with Google Forms.

Google GMail Support
https://support.google.com/mail?hl=en&authuser=0#topic=7065107
This is the support/help page for Gmail. If you have questions about how to do any of the features on Gmail, this is where you can ask. If the answer isn’t there, you can go the forum and check there as well.

Charts and Graphs G-Suite Support
https://support.google.com/docs/answer/63824?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
This is the G-Suite help center for creating and editing charts and graphs.

Sort and Filter G-Suite Support
https://support.google.com/docs/answer/3540681?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
This is the G-Suite help center for sorting and filtering data in Google Sheets.

Conditional Formatting G-Suite Support
https://support.google.com/docs/answer/78413?hl=en&ref_topic=1361472
This is the G-Suite help center for using conditional formatting in Google Sheets.
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