Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity with G-Suite

Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity with G-Suite

0.50 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.


To earn this 0.5 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!


You will be charged $25 by the badge provider. You'll be charged at the point you submit your badge for final review.


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.


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.


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?


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.

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.

Web Site: Submit a YouTube playlist demonstrating how you use video effectively and consistently in a unit of instruction. Include in the playlist a short, 3-5 minute video in which you explain the following:
(1) how you collected and curated this playlist
(2) how the playlist supports your instructional goals
(3) how learners access and use the playlist

Screencast: Submit a narrated screencast demonstrating your effective use of Google Docs in your instruction. Your screencast 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.

Other: Submit a slide deck you use for instruction that demonstrates your use of the graphic art tools in Google Slides. Your slide deck should include the following elements:
(1) a unified color scheme
(2) shapes, graphic organizers, and lines to draw attention to the lesson’s main instructional points
(3) images
(4) infographics you have created using arrows, labels, and shapes
(5) video
(6) links to content that add more interactive learning modalities.

Adjust sharing settings to your presentation and submit link as evidence.

Candidate's Choice: Submit another type of evidence showing how you use G-Suite tools to do the following:
(1) teach online skills
(2) build interactive lessons
(3) engage learners with video
(4) facilitate group work
(5) promote digital citizenship and positive online behavior

Candidates are required to make 2 evidence submission(s).

Review Criteria

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

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).

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).


  1. What is the value of creating visually engaging presentations or lesson designs? Explain what you have done, or will do to implement engaging presentations.

  2. What is one thing you have done or are going to do to ensure that your students properly manage their online identity?

  3. How have you used G Suite for education to facilitate group work? Provide an example.

Review Criteria

1. The reflection demonstrates knowledge of creating visually engaging presentations.

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

3. The learner demonstrates the use of G Suite for education to facilitate group work.


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Skill Checklists for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2

Google for Education: Teacher Center Fundamentals Training
Learn the concepts learned in Units 9 thru 13 of the Google fundamentals Training Center. The readings, videos, and activities provided in these units are designed to help teachers facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity in the classroom.

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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