Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity with G-Suite
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Microcredential ID : 2666
Google Fundamentals
0.5 USBE Credit

This microcredential focuses on the integration of Google in your practice. Teaching learners essential online skills is vitally important in the modern classroom. If students can efficiently search online and understand how to verify the information they find, they will develop essential inquiry and critical thinking skills relevant in the classroom and beyond.
How To Earn This Microcredential
To earn this 0.5 USBE credit microcredential you will submit two types of evidence from the list below to demonstrate your competency in using G-Suite tools to support learning and creativity. You will also complete a short written or video reflective analysis. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!
If you submit this microcredential for review, you will be assessed an administrative fee of $20.00.
Educators completing this microcredential their use G-Suite for Education to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.You will demonstrate that you effectively teach students online skills, build interactive lessons, captivate your class with video, facilitate group work, and promote digital citizenship and positive online behavior.
Important Terms
YouTube: A video sharing service where users can watch, like, share, comment and upload their own videos.

Smart Search: This extension provides a unique search experience using latest technologies, based on Google Search Engine.

Google Docs: An online word processor that lets you create and format documents and work with other people.

Google Slides: An online presentation app that lets you create and format presentations and collaborate with others.
Background Scenario / How This Will Help You
Scenario One: Mr. Barr is a 6th teacher. He is looking for content to help his students understand the relationship between algebra and geometry. Specifically, he wants to deliver interactive content to students so they have the ability to adjust variables and geometric figures to see the results of their changes. His school provides chromebooks to each student for the entire school year and students are expected to take the chromebooks home. He teaches in a school system where 50% of the community has access to the internet at home. Consider how Mr. Barr might be able to find an interactive resource that his students could use. Where would he look? How can he wade through all of the apps out there? How could he easily distribute what he finds?

Scenario Two: Mrs. Grange, a secondary school History teacher, notices that she is having a difficult time meeting the needs of all of her students. Never before has she had such a broad range of learners. At first she decides to go a bit slower, but finds that her more advanced learners are totally disengaged. She is frustrated by how many times she has to review information students should already know, but believes that if she moves through content any faster she will leave too many students behind. At this point Mrs. Grange is feeling frustrated - differentiated learning is important, but so difficult with only one of her! She knows she needs to make changes to differentiate for both her advanced learners and those that need remediation with even the most basic concepts. What could Mrs. Grange do to differentiate instruction and more effectively engage her students?
Evidence Options
Category: Preparation and Planning
Select ONE of the evidence options below to demonstrate your preparation and planning to use Google G-Suite to support learning.
Lesson Plan: Submit a lesson plan you use as a part of your instruction that demonstrates your effective instruction on managing passwords. Include a link to a Google Slides presentation that you use as a part of this lesson. Your lesson plan and slides should provide explanation and examples of what makes a good password. Your lesson plan and slide presentation should include the following elements: (1) Your school’s password requirements (if any). (2) Different character types - uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters. (3) Examples of both good and bad passwords. (4) Strategies for selecting a password. Additionally, your lesson plan and slides should provide instruction on the two main rules about passwords: (1) Passwords should be easy to remember, but hard to guess. (2) They should never give their password to anyone except a parent or trusted teacher. Adjust sharing settings to your presentation and submit the link along with your lesson plan as evidence. This lesson plan should include all phases of instruction, including learning standards, learning outcomes, instructional materials, instructional activities, and assessment techniques. In a separate section of the lesson 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 implementation of Google G-Suite to support learning.
Video: Submit a 5-10 minute video demonstrating your effective instruction on Search Smart skills. Your lesson should include the following concepts: (1) developing a search query (2) excluding specific terms from a search query (3) search queries for images (4) usage rights for images You may refer to the Search Smart document in the resource section for examples of these concepts. Your video should include guided practice, in which learners practice implementation of these skills. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Video: Using a Google Chrome extension such as Screencastify, submit a narrated video screencast demonstrating your effective use of Google Docs in your instruction. Your descriptive and explanatory narration should include the following: (1) Explain how your learners use Google Docs in developing projects. (2) Show how learners use Google Docs to collaborate, share feedback, and revise projects. (3) Explain how you use Google Docs to track revisions. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.

Review Criteria
Criterion 1. The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses Google Suite (G-Suite) effectively to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.

Criterion 2. The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses Google Suite consistently to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity (i.e., over a period of time, several weeks, or a unit).

Criterion 3. The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses Google Suite to become more efficient at facilitating and inspiring student learning and creativity. (i.e., effectively search online, develop inquiry and critical thinking skills).
Reflection Prompts
What is the value of creating visually engaging presentations or lesson designs? Explain what you have done, or will do to implement engaging presentations.
What is one thing you have done or are going to do to ensure that your students properly manage their online identity?
How have you used G Suite for education to facilitate group work? Provide an example.

Review Criteria
Criterion 1. The reflection demonstrates knowledge of creating visually engaging presentations.

Criterion 2. The reflection demonstrates that the educator instructs students in how to properly manage their online identity.

Criterion 3. The learner demonstrates the use of G Suite for education to facilitate group work.
Google for Education - Teacher Center Fundamentals Training
This badge is designed to support the concepts learned in units 1 and 2 of the Google fundamentals training. The readings, videos, and activities provided in these two units are designed to help teachers understand how to use Google for Education as a resource for support and help, and an avenue to build their PLNs.

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Skill Checklists for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2

Google Search Smart Slide Deck
This Google Slides presentation gives examples of Search Smart skills.

Google Slides Makeover Examples
This presentation gives examples of how to use Google Slides to turn drab slides into engaging images for effective instruction.
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