Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity with G-Suite: Advanced

Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity with G-Suite: Advanced

0.50 USBE Credit
This microcredential focuses on advanced integration of Google search functions in your practice. Teaching advanced online skills is a vitally important part of modern instruction. If learners 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 advanced Google search functions to support learners' research and inquiry skills. 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.


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 are demonstrating their understanding of how to use G-Suite for Education for to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. You will demonstrate that you know how to design interactive curricula, teach beyond the four walls of the classroom, teach students online skills to research, and help give students a voice.


Google Plus: An Internet-based social network owned and operated by Google.

Learning Center: Googles' G Suite help center, which includes training guides, tips, user examples, and other resources.

Google Classroom: Classroom is a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account. Classroom makes it possible for learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.

Blogger: A free online resource to create, host, and update your own web log (blog).


Imagine you are a teacher responsible for multiple subjects. Your goal is to create engaging, self-directed content in all areas, but student self-direction means you will have different activities across a variety of subject areas running simultaneously in your classroom. You’ve decided to use video to consistently reach each student.
You begin to use instructional videos in order to ‘clone the teacher’, but you’re worried that your students aren’t engaged by the current static videos. You decide to investigate how you can use YouTube to insert interactivity into your videos. How can you make your instructional videos more engaging and encourage interactivity?


Video: Submit a 5-6 minute video with highlights of one or more of your students engaging in a Search Quest you have designed. You may use the Search Quest Template and the Search Research documents included in the Resources section for support. This evidence should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of Google Search to support instruction. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.

Lesson Plan: Submit an interactive, innovative lesson plan that incorporates Google Forms. This should be a lesson plan that you have used with your learners. See the Using Google Forms to Create a "Choose Your Own Adventure" document in Resources as an example. Your lesson plan should align with standards for your grade level and/or subject area. This evidence should demonstrate your effective use of Google forms to support instruction.

Unit Plan: Submit a unit plan for a hackathon you have organized at your school, district, or other institution. Your hackathon unit plan must incorporate a range of Google tools, and should include the following basic elements: (1) Developing an agenda; (2) Collecting or brainstorming problems; (3) Pitching problems to be solved; (4) Formulating solutions; and (5) pitching solutions. You may use the Open Data Hackathon Guide included in the Resources section as an example. This evidence should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of Google tools to support instruction.

Screencast: Submit a 4-6 minute narrated screencast showing and describing your use of (1) My Maps; (2) Google Tour Builder; and (3) Google Earth in your instruction. This evidence should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of these three Google tools in your instruction.

Candidate's Choice: Submit another type of evidence demonstrating your effective and consistent use of Google tools to support learner research and inquiry.

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

Review Criteria

1. The evidence demonstrates a proficient use of the selected G-Suite tools to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.

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.

3. The evidence demonstrates proficiency in engaging in professional growth and leadership, increasing efficiency and saving time, and facilitating and inspiring student learning and creativity.


  1. Standing and delivering lectures with slides is a fast way to lose student attention. Shift the learning cycle to allow students to explore slides independently rather than from a lecture. What elements must be included to ensure learning is taking place?

  2. How can or do you use Google Scholar along with the G Suite for Education suite to help your students? Consider the workflows and training that would need to be done to get your students to effectively use academic sources in their research projects.

  3. What are your plans to continue to grow and strengthen your use of Google tools in your practice to increase efficiency, save time, and support learning?

Review Criteria

1. The reflection demonstrates competence in the use of Google Slides to support learning in transformative ways rather than simple substitution.

2. The reflection demonstrates effective use of Google tools to support project-based learning.

3. The reflection demonstrates a disposition and capacity for continued growth and leadership with Google tools.


Google Earth Education Page
Learn how to use Google Maps, Earth, Street View and other Geo tools in your classroom by viewing one of these online tutorials.

Google for Education Teacher Center - Advanced Training
This badge focuses on the tools and skills covered in Units 6-9. The readings, videos, and activities provided in these units are designed to help educators facilitate and inspire learning and creativity in the classroom, at a more advanced, in depth manner.

Google Tour Builder
Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.

My Maps
This Google tool allows you to create and share your own maps.

Open Data Hackathon Guide
This site is a how-to guide to create a hackathon at your school, district, or other organization.

Search Quest Template
Use this template to create a Search Quest. Designing your own student search quests is easy, engaging, and is a practice that will yield sustained results in learner productivity, as well as teach them a skill that will sustain them as both lifelong learners and valuable employees.

Search Research
This is a blog about search, search skills, teaching search, learning how to search, learning how to use Google effectively, and learning how to do research. It also covers a good deal of sensemaking and information foraging.

Use Google Forms to Create a "Choose Your Own Adventure"
This step-by-step resource will guide you through the process of using Google Forms to create a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story. It also includes a number of examples.


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