Introducing the Google Basics Micro-Credential

Emma Foley
Curriculum Specialist
News on April 13 2021


Why a micro-credential?

Meet our refreshed Google Basics micro-credential! Whether you’re a Google Workspace for Education newbie, or a pro looking to brush up on your skills, consider our Google Basics micro-credential for a series of PD courses that overview the different tools and applications offered by Google.

With this micro-credential, you’ll not only get comfortable with Google applications like Docs, Slides, and Sheets (to name a few), but learn how these tools amplify learning, support collaboration, and help students stay engaged. Follow the courses at your own pace, hit important checkpoints and check in with our Google Educators, prove your skills with assignments, and more.

Google Basics micro-credential overview

During each of the sessions within the Google Basics micro-credential, we select a single application (or combination of similar applications), share our knowledge and skills, and demonstrate the most beneficial features within that application. Each course offers an overview, a deeper exploration, and practice activities. With most sessions ranging from 25 to 40 minutes, you’l be able to view the entire course and complete any suggested independent practice or required checkpoint activity within an hour.

The first couple sessions serve as an introduction, covering some of the streamlined features across Google, and focusing on on some of the hot topics in education including digital citizenship and Professional Learning Networks (PLNs). The remaining sessions of the micro-credential dive deeper into specific tools including Google Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Docs, Classroom, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Meet, Sites, Forms, and a number of others that can be accessed from the “waffle” menu on Google. Have we piqued your curiosity yet?

Let’s explore each Google session

We’ve discussed how the first few sessions of the micro-credential are about highlighting features and how Google syncs with the educational space, but these courses will also let you know what to expect as we get into the specifics, that start with Session 3.

Session 3 is all about Chrome, Google’s web browser. We cover the basics of the browser and get you comfortable with conducting an improved search inside of Chrome through the use of punctuation, modifier phrases, and file type searches. We also go over the steps for bookmarking sites that you frequently use, and explore where additional apps and extensions live in the Chrome Web Store.

Session 4 is a deep dive into Google Drive, Google’s cloud-based storage. This session is aimed at getting you to feel comfortable with adding different file types of educational materials, including instructional files or other helpful resources that you have found yourself or have been shared by colleagues or students. We also cover tips for keeping your Drive organized, and the steps for creating shared Drives so others can access the same resources.

Session 5 is an exploration of two popular Google tools, Gmail and Google Meet, that optimize communication. We not only cover the basic functions of Gmail, including drafting new emails and replying to inbox messages, but touch on more specific functions such as adding or downloading email attachments and setting up vacation responders. This session also includes how to get started with Google Meet, and how to best use Meet to communicate with students and colleagues via video.

Session 6 focuses on the ways that Google supports staying organized — from Google Calendar, to Google Tasks and Keep. We cover how to use Google Calendar to organize your to-dos, from scheduling things like class or school events to specific lessons on your calendar. Then, as we dive into Google Tasks and Keep, learn how to convert your to-do list to a more digital, accessible-from-anywhere version.

Session 7 is all about collaboration! This is one of the first sessions in the micro-credential where we dive into creating content on Google. First, we explore one of Google’s more popular applications, Google Docs, a web-based word processing software that gives you the opportunity to access documents from anywhere. We go over the steps for inviting others, sharing documents, and engaging in the co-editing process. Then, we cover how to insert other elements, such as tables and images, into your document to enhance the text you are including.

Google Slides is the focus of Session 8. In this session we share different features that enhance the presentation experience for your intended audience. As with our previous session, we also cover how to share your presentation for co-editing, or for others to view the presentation on their own time.

In Session 9, we cover Google Sheets, a tool that can transform your data collection and disaggregation to drive your instruction. We cover ways to analyze and display your data through functions such as averages and chart creation. We also share how to protect your data when sharing with students or colleagues to prevent undesired changes and inaccurate number reporting.

Looking for a way to collect and grade quizzes or just gather feedback from your students? Google Forms is your solution. In Session 10, we go over how to incorporate Google Forms into your teaching, and review the sharing process.

In Session 11, we cover the “one stop shop” known as Google Classroom. This learning management system (LMS) is a tool to help you make that transition to a paperless classroom. In this session we cover how to set up your Google Classroom, and go over specific components including the Stream, Classwork, People, and Grades tabs.

In Session 12 we explore ways to share student work using Google Sites, along with other ways Sites can be used in the classroom. By the end of this session, you will know how to create your own site, complete with images, text, and embedded content.

Session 13 is a dive into YouTube — from an educator’s standpoint. We cover tips for locating the best videos for education, and explore ways to create playlists for your students. We also cover how to make the videos you push out to students accessible through YouTube settings such as closed captions.

In Session 14, our final session, we explore some additional Google tools such as Google Earth, Jamboard, Science Journal, Your Plan, and Your Planet, to name just a few! We’ll share tips for incorporating these tools to take your lessons to the next level.

Are you convinced? Sign up for this great Google Basics micro-credential today, and complete the series at your convenience as you learn from our team of Google Certified instructions and educators. Learn more about our micro-credentialing on Google and other topics when you visit OTIS for educators.

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