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Mastering Google Apps for Education (K-12)

Is your school a Google-centric environment? Do you use many of the apps in G Suite for Education? Do you wish you knew how to use Google Apps to improve teaching and learning? This online course is designed to help teachers master the Google apps that are part of G Suite for Education, as well as some others. You will learn the basics of the apps as well as how to integrate them into your classroom and curriculum. The course begins with an overview of the most popular Google apps as well as an introduction to technology configurations and integration. Then, we jump into an in-depth look at how to use the following apps within the context of the curriculum: Drive, Docs, Calendar, Search, Translate, Forms, Slides, Sheets, Earth, Maps, Classroom, Photos, Sites, and Keep. The final step in putting it all together by reviewing and creating lessons that integrate several Google apps into a single lesson. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content was great! Everything was very clear and easy to follow, and I really appreciated the screen shots that were included. It made it easy for me to go on the apps myself and practice using them." - Marisa Willman


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $112 with the discount**

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $284**


This course applies toward the Educational Technology Award of Completion

**If you are using this course for the Educational Technology Award of Completion program, you MUST register for the course plus credit.


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom” by Monica Burns

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 103T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40148

Unit One

  • Introduction to Google and Google Apps
  • Integrating Technology
  • Technology Configurations
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs
  • Google Calendar
  • Assignment #2: Article/Video reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Google Search
  • Google Translate
  • Chromebook Basics
  • Assignment #3: Share Your Expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Google Forms
  • Google Slides
  • Google Sheets
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Google Earth and Maps
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Photos
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Google Sites
  • Google Keep
  • Using Google Apps into the Classroom
  • Assignment #4: Create lesson plans using Google apps
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)