Micro-credential Program

Teaching with Google G Suite

A competency-based learning program that helps teachers incorporate Google’s G Suite tools into their instruction and prepares them to become Google Certified Educators

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More than half of K-12 schools have “Gone Google.” Through a collaboration between Google for Education and BloomBoard, schools and districts can now bring a competency-based professional development program designed to help educators demonstrate mastery of the use of Google’s G Suite for Education tools to improve teacher efficiency and student learning. This program consists of four micro-credentials to prepare educators to pass the Google Level 1 assessment to become a Google Certified Educator.

Effective Communication with Students and Stakeholders

The educator communicates clear expectations around rules of conduct, performance, a project/assignment or other learning objectives with students and other stakeholders, using G Suite tools.

Engage Student Learning Through a Group Project

The educator develops and implements an assignment to engage students in a collaborative learning project using G Suite tools.

Improve Student Understanding with Feedback

The educator implements an assignment that incorporates both educator and student-centered peer feedback to improve student outcomes, using G Suite tools to facilitate the feedback process.

Measure, Understand, and Share Student Growth

Educator creates an assessment to collect student learning data and shares the results with stakeholders to reflect on growth and determine next steps for instruction, using G Suite tools to facilitate the process.

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Why Enroll in the Teaching with G Suite Program?

This cohort provides a unique opportunity for educators looking for personalized professional development with the option to learn with and from colleagues throughout the United States. Participants will:

  • Gain immediately applicable classroom tactics and functional knowledge for effectively teaching students using G Suite
  • Prepare for the Google Educator Level 1 Certification — for educators who have learned the fundamentals of using Google tools in the classroom, the Level 1 certification validates standard technology implementation skills. Earn all four micro-credentials in the G Suite stack to prepare to pass the Google L1 assessment to become a Google Certified Educator.
  • Cultivate the capacities of a modern tech-enabled teacher and professional learner including the skills to self-assess, self-motivate and create individual professional learning paths and networks
  • Demonstrate competence via a micro-credential that will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Optional graduate credit is available.

Issued by Google for Education

The G Suite micro-credential stack is issued by Google for Education. G Suite (formerly Google Apps) for Education has over 70 million users worldwide using the free suite of communication and collaboration tools – including Gmail, Classroom, Docs and Drive – for learning anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Program Components

Collections

Curated collections of professional learning resources focused on G Suite for Education tools. Each collection is designed to provide educators with a complete understanding of the topic

Rooms

Virtual meeting rooms where educators can collaborate with one another as they work towards achieving their micro-credentials. Rooms may be created for one-on-one interactions such as coaching/mentoring or for larger interactions such as group discussions.

Micro-credentials

Micro-credentials are a digital form of certification indicating that a person has demonstrated competency in a specific skill. Each micro-credential is research-backed and requires the submission of evidence to prove the educator has achieved competency.

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What Are Micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are modular, competency-based credentials for professional learning that recognize demonstrated mastery of skills and prior knowledge. Micro-credentials are:

  • Competency-based – Educators focus on a discrete skill.
  • Research-backed – Each micro-credential focuses on effective teaching practices that have been validated through published research.
  • On-demand – Educators can earn micro-credentials on their own time.
  • Personalized – Educators can select the micro-credentials they wish to earn based on their needs or instructional goals.
  • Shareable – Educators can display their digital badge on their resume, blog, or LinkedIn.

How Micro-credentials Work

Each micro-credential goes through an approval process with Digital Promise, the thought leaders in competency-based education. To guide the development of micro-credentials, Digital Promise has designed a framework to ensure that each micro-credential:

  • Focuses on a single competency
  • Has a key method that is backed by research
  • Requires the submission of evidence
  • Includes a rubric or scoring guide

Incentives for Educators

After earning this Growth Mindset micro-credential, teachers will have demonstrated competency in using growth-oriented feedback and language to reinforce a focus on student growth. Additionally they can:

  • Apply the micro-credential toward relicensure, recertification and continuing education requirements (CEUs)
  • Earn non-degree bearing graduate-level credit
  • Display and share their earned micro-credential badge

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What is BloomBoard

BloomBoard is the professional learning platform that is changing the way educators grow and learn by facilitating a shift toward ‘learning by doing’ using micro-credentials. Our competency-based professional learning programs provide state and district leaders with an effective way to offer educators personalized learning opportunities specific to their growth goals and recognize them (both formally and informally) for the skills they’ve demonstrated in the classroom.

BloomBoard Powers Hundreds of School Districts

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