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Google Apps 101

Google Apps 101


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Google Apps for Education is Google’s popular suite of programs for schools. Is your school or district ditching software you’re familiar with in favor of Google Apps? Do you want to learn how to use Google Apps to streamline your teaching and improve learning outcomes?

Get the most out of your software training with this Google Apps course and interactive workshop. Our scaffolded approach to professional development focuses on useful real world strategies. We cover Google Docs, Sheets, Classroom and more as we show you how to optimize your lessons. Our hands-on workshop will guide you through creating a new lesson plan that you can use immediately.

Product Description

This course reviews the basics of using the Google suite of products. Any teacher whose schools has started using Google Apps for Education will find this session useful.

The course begins by explaining the basics of Google Drive and the advantages it has for teachers. In Lesson 2, teachers will learn how to use all the main Google apps, including Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms. In addition, we’ll cover Google Classroom, which makes creating assignments for students fast and easy. In Lesson 3, teachers will learn how to maximize their use of Google Apps through sharing and collaborating. See the Table of Contents tab for more detailed information.

At the end of the course, participants will have access to useful downloadable resources to which they can refer as often as needed, even after the course is complete. Participants will also leave the course with a new lesson plan made as part of our hands-on workshop. Upon upload of that finished lesson plan, we will issue a certificate that can be submitted to administrators as proof of completed professional development hours.

More Information

Designed with K–8 teachers in mind, but useful for all instructors, librarians, or other support staff.
This course takes 1–3 hours to complete. Upon uploading a completed lesson plan, you will receive a certificate that can be submitted to your administrator as proof of time spent.

For Illinois teachers, ISBE clock hours will be provided upon request. Contact us for more details.

See our Professional Development page for information on our other online and in-person professional development offerings.


Introduction and opening video
Lesson 1. Learn the Basics
    Benefits of Google in the Classroom
    What Is Google Drive?
    Google Drive Basics
    Creating New Files
    Uploading Existing Documents
    What Is Google Classroom?

Lesson 2. Use Google Apps
    Google Docs
    Google Slides
    Google Sheets
    Download Files in Other Formats
    Google Forms
    Question Types in Forms
    View Form Responses
    Use Flubaroo to Auto-Grade Quizzes
    Google Drawings
    Google Classroom
Lesson 3. Maximize Your Use of Google Apps
    Commenting and Chatting
    Assigning, Grading, and Discussing

Workshop. Review and Finalize Your Lesson Plan
    Upload Your Lesson Plan
    Reflect on Your Lesson and Make Improvements for Next Time