Open to all incoming fifth graders and above, our Google Ninja Program was created to dive deeper into the Google Apps for Education programs: Gmail, Drive, Calendars and Search. Students will be using the same online learning environment and tools Google has dedicated to teachers to learn how to effectively use Google Apps in an educational context.
A driving purpose behind this program is learning the ability to search and find answers. The answers themselves are not the outcome…the search skills are! With Google Apps changing often, the hope is that students will get comfortable learning how to search the web, videos and the training materials.
The process is simple; for each of the four products (Gmail, Drive, Calendars and Search), you will need to review the training materials and score an 80% or above on four exams.
As just one example of how to tackle the training sessions, students could begin on Gmail and complete the white belt, green belt, black belt quizzes along with the master test. Upon completion of the Gmail section, move on to Drive, Calendars and Search. As students complete exams, they will be emailed their results, any feedback and their status will be updated on this page (see below). After completing all four products, for a total of 16-exams, all students will earn a certificate, t-shirt and pizza party in June. If a student doesn’t get 80% or better, they can simply study and retake the test as many times as they would like. Study the modules on your own time and at your own pace.
Note: Fifth grade students do not have their Google Apps for Education accounts and can use a parent or personal e-mail account to submit the quizzes. Sixth through eighth grade students will need to use their @students.bfccps.org portal account on each exam for identification purposes! Also, please visit our introduction to the BFCCPS Google Apps for Education page!
If you are a younger student or parent interested in working on the program or just have a question along the way, don’t hesitate to contact Director of Technology, Luke Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.