The programme was designed to support schools in their use of the Google Apps for Education suite of tools. If your school is using GAFE, then this programme could benefit both students and teachers.
The GANP’s focus is to teach students about the tools within the Google Apps for Education suite. Giving students confidence with the tools.
The programme also helps students to develop troubleshooting and effective search skills. Not only does the programme help build student capacity in the use of google apps and search skills, but teachers at our school are also using it as a means of upskilling themselves as well.
Originally developed by Jeff Utecht in 2011, the Google Apps Ninja programme is currently used and supported by many educators around the world. The Google Apps Ninja programme itself, is an open-source programme that is shared freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.ß
In his blog, Jeff talks about how he came up with the idea. It’s all about searching and finding information.
How does the programme work? What does it look like?
All tests and resources are housed on a google site Clicking on one of the tabs across the top will gain you access to the teaching resources and tests for that particular tool Four belts per tool - white / green / black / master. 80% pass rate before moving to next belt Spreadsheet embedded into site - Current Ninja Standings
Links to tutorials and test for each belt
Encourage students to have another tab open where they can search for the information that they need to answer the question. Not testing how much knowledge a student can retain, but whether they are able to search and find the correct information (open book)
Four specific uses: general upskilling for students in the use of google apps, PD for teachers (TOD elearning focus) target teaching the skills related to effective searching using google search (part of the action learning process) Tech @ a desk (school initiative for helping students & teachers solve google apps related problems)
Our school has been using GAFE for a number of years now, along with Teacher Dashboard to manage student learning. We are also into our second year of BYOD. Using the GANP with my class and our syndicate has given the students greater confidence with the tools which equals better outcomes for students.
Used as part of e-learning PD for teachers, giving them confidence around the use of the tools with the Google Apps for Ed suite. Last term we had a TOD where teachers signed up to various workshops - the GANP was one of these workshops.
Used to teach students how to search effectively as part of the research model (Action Learning model - 6 stages). I can’t recommend this highly enough to help students with the research process. I believe this is one of the key skills that all students need today - how to search effectively. Finding the right information and then being able to evaluate that information for it’s accuracy etc.
Examples of some of the questions to answer to complete the search white belt ... In the next slide, Olivia talks about how the GANP have benefitted her.
Olivia talks about how she has benefited from participating in the GANP. TECH @ a DESK is a schoolwide initiative where a group of ICT capable students were given the opportunity to help other students / teachers solve their Google Apps issues. This group meets 3 lunchtimes a week - very popular. We used the GANP to as a tool to select students for this role, eg; they had to earn their belts in the various tools to become eligible for leadership positions.
Tests are created using google forms. Form creates a spreadsheet to record responses.
It is important that students email you to tell you which test they have sat. I then mark all the tests once a day, usually in the evening.
All of the tests come with the script preinstalled, however, if you need to reinstall or want to create your own test ... follow these tips.
Getting started with the Google Apps Ninja Programme. Link bottom right hand side of slide.
Links in the email ... • Link to all tests, resources and images etc • Link to google group • Link to google+page • Twitter #ninjaprogram
File - make a copy - rename
Click on the link to access a template for the GANP site
These are 20 Google Apps Ninja Certificates that I have created. These can be downloaded from the link and printed off to give to students when they complete their belts. You may also like to screen shot these for digital badges that students could use on their e-portfolios.
Click on the link to access copies of the resources I have edited for our school. The search resources are particularly useful as I have modified them for a New Zealand context. Don’t forget to make a copy and rename the resources BEFORE using them.
An excellent blogpost on the pros and cons of implementing the GANP in a class / school. My thoughts ... • Flubaroo script - you have to mark (I mark once a day in the evening) • Emails - to stop students getting multiple emails when you have marked the quiz, you need to delete the previous responses • Keep a tally of who has passed what belts (spreadsheet on GANP site)
Benefits of using FormMule over flubaroo ... • As soon as student submits test it is marked & results are emailed out to them or their teacher (second email field in quiz for that purpose) • Teacher does not have to run the script to mark the tests - bonus • With flubaroo you have to clear the student responses on the spreadsheet if you don’t want the student to receive multiple emails
Google Apps Ninja Programme Presentation uLearn 2013
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Google Apps Ninja Programme:
Creating ninjas since 2011
Creating ninjas since 2011Dave Beehre
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What we will cover ...
• Introduction to the
• How it works / uses
20 Google Apps Ninja Certificates
SIS Google Apps Ninja Resources
1. Click on link below
2. Add folders to “drive”
3. Open the folder and file you want to use
4. Make a copy of the file and rename before using it !
Go to “File” - “Make a copy” - rename the file