Course Description:

Google Docs is a powerful digital productivity tool offered as part of Google’s Apps for the Education 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 of the school setting. 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


Bell Ringer: Let's get started! Complete this pre-assessment to help provide context and focus to your learning experience.

Using Google Docs provides teachers the productivity tool to produce products which 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 to using Google Docs instead of the traditional classroom?

Choice Board: Choose one of the activites below and submit to earn your badge!

Choose one of the following assignments 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.

Choice 1: Conference Guide

Using the video, “Setting up Google Docs to Confer on Student Reading” as a guide, create your own student template to use as a conference guide.  Your project should include all aspects of the conference that you intend to share with your parents and students.  It should include the original template as well as copies for each student, and it should be organized in your Google Drive account. The link to the original template and a screenshot of your Google Drive account showing the organization of the folders must be submitted.

Need help with screenshots? Mac, PC, Chromebook


Choice 2: Self Assessment Rubric

Create a self-assessment rubric for your students supporting one of your lessons.  The rubric must be original to your classroom, must be complete, explain expectations and details of the project to your students, and allow space for students to self-assess. The link to the rubric must be “On – Anyone with the link,” as well as students self-assessment examples.


Choice 3: Classroom Newsletter

Create a classroom newsletter template and have your students create the content. After sharing the newsletter template with your students, they will be the authors and editors of the newsletter allowing you to facilitate, ask questions, and edit.  Along with a link to the final newsletter, include a screenshot of the revision history showing the sections of the newsletter your students created.

Need help with screenshots? Mac, PC, Chromebook


  • 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?


1. Pay For Review   2. Submit Your Work