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Google Docs is a powerful digital productivity tool offered as part of G Suite. Working in concert with other digital tools such as Google Drive, Slides, Sheets, Drawing, etc., Google Docs provides users with all the tools they need to create a variety of digital products to support teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom. In this course, participants will gain an understanding of the purpose and reasons to use Google Docs; how to upload previously created files and add them to Google Drive; practice using Google Docs tools to create, collaborate and share with others; and apply skills learned to build lessons.

Prerequisites: None
Contact Hours: 5

Course Competency:

  • Understand the purpose and reasons to use Google Docs
  • Know how to upload previously created files and add them to Google Drive
  • Practice using Google Docs tools to create, collaborate and share within Google Docs
  • Apply skills learned while practicing with Google Docs to build lessons to support teaching and learning
Course Syllabus


Work through the resources provided below.  Already know the content? No problem! Skip to #5 and submit your evidence of learning from the provided Choice Board. Receive a Proficient or Accomplished rating (grading rubrics are provided for each module) from the instructor and you are awarded a badge and certificate of attendance. Graduate credit is available, as well!

1. Bell Ringer:

Let’s get started!  Complete the pre-assessment to help provide context and focus to your learning experience.

2.  Setting The Stage:

Watch Setting The Stage For Google Docs.  Think about the endless possibilities your students will have creating projects and sharing with classmates, you, and your community.

3. Play List:

Explore the resources provided below.

4. Integration In Action:

Using Google Docs provides teachers the productivity tools to produce products that support teaching our students, collaboration with our peers, and communication with our community. Using Google Docs in collaboration with additional Google Apps for Education tools allows teachers and students flexibility to create authentic projects which can be shared with as few as one person or to everyone in the world. As you work through each of the links below, please keep in mind the following questions:

What are a few specific lesson ideas mentioned by educators in the videos?

How has the flexibility of Google Docs enhanced student learning?

What are the advantages of using Google Docs instead of the traditional classroom?

5.  Choice Board:

Choose an assignment from the choice board to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course.  Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.

When you have completed your evidence of learning, finalize the purchase process at the bottom of this page.

6.  Reflection:

Take a moment to reflect on the work that you’ve accomplished and where you will go from here.

  • How will Google Docs change the way you collaborate and communicate with students, peers and community?
  • How does Google Docs allow for authentic learning opportunities?
  • How does Google Docs work with Google Drive to create an efficient workflow and organization of materials for the teacher and students?
  • Exit Ticket – Show what you know!

Ready to earn your badge and get credit for this five-hour course?

If paying with a Purchase Order, please email the PO to

1. Pay For Review   2. Submit Your Work