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In this session, conducted in Zoom, you will learn some practical ways to use Google Docs to facilitate English Learners' Digital literacy skills development in whole class, small group, one-on-one, or independent learning environments. You will move beyond basic familiarity with Google Doc tools to integrating the tools and features into engaging ESOL instruction. These features will facilitate English learners' ability to find, create, organize evaluate, and share information in a digital format.

Please note: You will access Zoom and other support materials via Blackboard. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session.


    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 this two-hour facilitated Zoom session, you will explore features of Google Docs that will allow you to create, adapt, and enhance learning experiences for ESOL students during in person, synchronous, and asynchronous instruction so that they are able to increase their digital literacy and language skills:

  • Creating and formatting tables (for teachers and learners to organize and present information)
  • Using the Explore feature and add citations (for learners to conduct and support research)
  • Inserting links and images to text (for teachers and learners to expand upon a text)
  • Accepting/rejecting suggestions so they become a part of a final draft (for teachers and learners to collaborate)
  • Browsing and installing Education Add-ons (for learners to explore and navigate)


  • 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 on free of charge (
  • 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 format tables to organize and present information
  • Use the Explore feature and add citations to a text
  • Add links and images to a text
  • Accept/reject suggestions so they become a part of a final draft
  • Browse and install Education Add-ons
  • Provide instruction so that adult English learners can successfully engage in the above tasks
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

By registering for the Integrating Google 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/sharing editing privileges
  • Using the Google Docs Comments feature

We will move forward in this Beyond the Basics session with the expectation that all registrants have these skills and concepts, and will not review them during the session. If any of these above tasks are unfamiliar to you, we invite you to register for Google Drive/Docs for the Virtual ESOL Classroom - Beginner Users for a refresher.

01/27/2022 - 10:00 am to 01/27/2022 - 12:00 pm

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