Mastering Google Apps for Education

(Grades K-12) / Semester Course

PDI Course Number: 103BXX / UCSD Course Number: EDUC40148


Course Description

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 (50 hours of training) 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

Course Only

$170 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD Extension

$366 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UC San Diego.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.



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.

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



UCSD Course Number: EDUC40148
Unit One
  • Introduction to Google and Google Apps
  • Integrating Technology
  • Technology Configurations
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection
Unit Two
  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs
  • Google Calendar
  • Assignment #2: Create a Google Doc
Unit Three
  • Google Search
  • Google Translate
  • Chromebook Basics
  • Assignment #3: Share ideas for using Google Translate or Google Hangouts
Unit Four
  • Google Forms
  • Google Slides
  • Google Sheets
  • Assignment #4: Create a Google Slides presentation
Unit Five
  • Google Earth and Maps
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Photos
  • Assignment #5: Create activities for Google Maps and/or Google Earth
Unit Six
  • Google Sites
  • Google Keep
  • Using Google Apps in the Classroom
  • Assignment #6: Develop a Google apps lesson plan
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)


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