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In this two-session series conducted via Zoom, we will learn some practical ways to use Google Docs (part of the Google Suite) for remote instruction, whether that involves leading a class, working with small groups, or one-on-one training.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers of adult ESOL learners of any level
    ESOL teachers with novice to intermediate experience using Google Docs

In Part One, we will discuss basic features of Google Docs, including creating folders, creating documents from templates or from scratch, and setting modifying and editing privileges. In Part Two, we will incorporate the tools introduced in the previous session while integrating new ones as we act as participants in a virtual Get to Know You (GTKY) activity that can be adapted to a variety of remote instruction situations.

Part One - The Basics

  • Creating class folders in Google Drive
  • Accessing the Google Docs Blank Document - Template Gallery options
  • Creating documents from scratch or from a template
  • Set/modify editing privileges
  • Using the Comments feature
  • Using the Chat feature

Part Two - A Virtual GTKY Activity

  • Using tables to organize information
  • Using the Explore feature (to do research, find/insert images, and add citations)
  • Adding links to text, adding/changing links to images
  • Do basic image editing
  • Browsing and using education Add-ons


  • You will need to have access to a Gmail account for this training. If you do not currently have a Google account, you can create one for free (
  • Although Zoom is mobile-friendly, you will greatly enhance your experience by participating on a laptop or desktop computer.
    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Create and share class folders (Google Drive) and documents (Google Docs)
  • Interact with students and collaborators by using the Comments and Chat features within Google Docs (for synchronous or asynchronous teaching)
  • Use tables in Google Docs to set up and carry out interactive, communicative activities for synchronous teaching
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
ESOL/English Language Learner