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In this session, conducted in Zoom, you will learn practical ways to use Google Docs (part of the Google Suite) for remote instruction, whether to lead a class, small group, or one-on-one tutoring. You will move beyond the basics to integrate new tools and features of Google Docs by acting as a participant in a virtual Get To Know You activity that can be adapted to a variety of remote instructional situations.  


  • 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.

    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

During our 2-hour session, we will explore features that will allow you to create and adapt learning experiences for your students during synchronous and/or asynchronous remote instruction.

  • Creating and formatting tables to organize information
  • Using the Explore feature (do research, find/insert images, and add citations)
  • Adding links to text, adding/changing links to images
  • Completing basic image editing
  • Accepting / rejecting suggestions so they become a part of a final draft
  • Browsing and installing Education Add-ons
    Learning Objectives

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

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

By registering for the Google Drive/Docs – Beyond the Basics course, you are acknowledging an understanding of the concepts discussed in the Beginner session:

  • Creating class folders in Google Drive
  • Accessing the Google Docs blank document - Template Gallery options
  • Creating documents from scratch or from a template
  • Setting / modifying editing privileges (sharing)
  • Using the Comments feature

We do not have time to review these concepts during this Beyond the Basics session – we will move forward with the expectation that all registrants have these skills. If any of these tasks are unfamiliar to you, we invite you to register for Google Drive/Docs for the Virtual Classroom – Beginner for a refresher. (See Calendar)


United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners