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Google Drive Expanding

3 Credits
3 Credits

What is the Google Drive Expanded Online PD Course?

Google Drive Expanded is an online course designed for educators who want to learn how to use powerful online productivity tools and apply them to standards-based instruction. The course uses a combination of free Google applications and third-party add-ons and emphasizes collaboration with other educators and people from around the world. Google Drive Expanded is designed for educators at all grade levels and supports the National Teaching Standards, Five Core Propositions, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards (NETS).

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a file storage service offered by Google where people can access their files from each of their computers and mobile devices. Users can create, edit, and share files using Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Google Drive comes with 15 GB of storage space for free.

What will you learn in Google Drive Expanded?

Through this course, students will learn to expand their audiences and be more productive by using the following:

  • Translation tools
  • Voice typing
  • Interactive newsletters
  • Add-ons for Google Documents to generate footnotes and bibliographies to create graduate-level research papers

Students will also learn how to “flip” their classroom using Google Forms to create multimedia quizzes for their students to access outside of class time and automatically grade and send out the results using Flubaroo. All activities emphasize new learning skills that students can apply immediately in their classrooms. By the end of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate their ability to use Google Drive
  • Utilize a variety of Google add-ons
  • Use Google Documents on a mobile device
  • Design and implement classroom lessons using Google Tools and add-ons
  • Automate the scoring process for Google Forms quizzes

There is no required textbook for this course. All online resources that support the course content will be made available in the course assignments through active hyperlinks. These resources may include podcasts, videos, online activities, worksheets, and journal articles.

Professional Development Certificate

This course is applicable towards the Classroom Technology Integration Certificate and Online Teaching Certificate.

Excellent course for expanding Google Drive and utilizing all the tools we forget about. Very useful for educators at all levels!

-Teacher, Ohio

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Linda Jacobsen

I feel so blessed to have had a job that I totally loved to do each and every day. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching elementary aged students for the past 38 years. I liked not only working with the children, but their families as well. I have made many lifelong connections with many of them. As a teacher, it is such a rewarding feeling to see my students “light come on” and see them understand the objective of the lesson. I was also very fond of working with other teachers and administrators and helping them understand and learn about technology. I always liked integrating technology into my lessons and helping others do the same. This really makes lessons come to life. All my FPU courses are very helpful for teachers to learn how to integrate technology into their classroom lessons. Working with my FPU students is great because they really want to learn and use what they have learned to make their classroom lessons so much better and more meaningful for their students.