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HELP WITH GOOGLE
Great Googley-Moogley! Everything is switching to Google, and I don't know how to find anything any more....
Don't worry, help is here!


THE BASICS:
​SETTINGS
Each of the Google Apps allow for personalized settings, to make each app helpful to you. Many options are simply personal preference.
          CLICK HERE for a cheat-sheet of some of the major settings for Chrome, Gmail, and Calendar.

Here are some short videos to walk you through setting up preferences and settings for:

​ORGANIZING SHARED FILES IN DRIVE
Files in your Drive can be grouped into folders, just like with your hard-drive on your computer. You can choose to share individual documents with others, or share entire folders. (Note: Sharing a folder will share ALL documents within that folder to the same people!)

But what about all the files shared with you? If you are frustrated by the randomness of the files in your "Shared with Me" drive, you can create a short-cut to them in your own Drive, and then put them in folders as you choose.
          ​CLICK HERE for a step-by-step video to talk you through doing this.
 
GOOGLE CERTIFICATION:
LEVEL ONE
The Level 1 Google Educator certification covers the basic use of the Google Suite for Education: 
Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Groups, Forms, Search, YouTube, Meet, and Classroom
  • Professional Growth and Leadership: Get Ready to Use Technology in the Classroom, Expand Your Access to Help and Learning
  • Increase Efficiency and Save Time: Have a (Mostly) Paperless Classroom, Save Time Communicating, Organize Activities for Yourself and Others, Bring Meetings Online, Bring Student Work Online, Measure, Understand, and Share Student Growth
  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity: Teach Students Online Skills, Build Interactive Lessons, Captivate Your Class with Video, Facilitate Group Work, Promote Digital Citizenship and Positive Online Behavior
  • CLICK HERE or see below for a checklist of skills for Level 1
Seem like a lot? Good news! Google already has a FREE step-by-step Fundamentals Training:  https://skillshop.exceedlms.com/student/path/30509
 
Each unit gives you a pre-test so that you can see what is expected and skip the sections you've already mastered! :-)
Once you've completed the training and/or feel comfortable with the apps, you can request a voucher and register for the exam.
The exam is part multiple choice and part performance assessment, where the system will ask you to create or do tasks with the different apps. There is a 3 hour time limit. 
 
Fran's Advice:  You will need to do the exam on a machine with a webcam. Expect to use the entire three hours! Get to know the menu options for the apps, so that if they ask you to do something you don't immediately know, you can quickly into into the menu bar and find an option that fits what they are asking for. 
 
LEVEL TWO
The Level 2 Google Educator certification covers advanced use of the Google Suite for Education: Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Groups, Forms, Search, YouTube, Meet, Classroom, and Admin
  • Professional Growth and Leadership: Promote and Model the Effective Use of Digital Tools, Leverage Learning Models to Personalize Learning
  • Increase Efficiency and Save Time: Use Advanced Features to Optimize Workflow, Connect with Guardians, Analyze and Interpret Student Data, Organize Your Class and School Materials More Effectively
  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity: Design Interactive Curricula, Teach Beyond the Four Walls of Your Classroom, Harness the Power of Google for Research, Give Students a Voice, Student Agency
Seem like a lot? Good news! Google already has a FREE step-by-step Advanced Training: https://skillshop.exceedlms.com/student/path/30510
 
Each unit gives you a pre-test so that you can see what is expected and skip the sections you've already mastered! :-)
Once you've completed the training and/or feel comfortable with the apps, you can register for the exam.
The exam is part multiple choice and part performance assessment, where the system will ask you to create or do tasks with the different apps. There is a 3 hour time limit. 
 
Fran's Advice:  You will need to do the exam on a machine with a webcam. Expect to use the entire three hours! Get to know the menu options for the apps, so that if they ask you to do something you don't immediately know, you can quickly into into the menu bar and find an option that fits what they are asking for.