G-Suite Videos, Tutorials, and Teaching Resources

On this page you'll find how-to tips, self-guided training tutorials, video demonstrations and lots of resources to help you make your way through Google's G-Suite collection of apps and extensions. Activities you can do with students are also included.

Google Drive

To learn more about Google Drive, you can consult the following resources:

Five essential Google Drive skills to know

Excerpted from Tips for a Successful Google Apps Training Session (Richard Byrne, January 24, 2013 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/01/tips-for-succesful-google-apps-training.html#.UitLALzdghM

  1. Open and Edit Word Files in Google Drive.

    If you're just beginning to transition to Google Apps from Microsoft Word, the chances are good you will have old files that you want to bring into and work on in Google Drive. For the detailed directions on how to do this, visit http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/12/how-to-open-and-edit-word-files-in.html
  2. Create PDFs in Google Drive.

    Sometimes you don't want a document to be easy to alter. Or you plan on printing it and want it as a PDF. To learn how to create a PDF in Google Drive in three easy steps, visit http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/11/how-to-create-pdfs-in-google-drive-in.html
  3. Use Google Documents Offline.

    For those times when you don't have an Internet connection and you want to work on a document, having offline access enabled is the only way to go. For directions on how to enable offline access to your Google Documents, visit http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/12/how-to-use-google-docs-offline.html
  4. Give Yourself More Room to Work in Google Documents.

    If you're using a laptop that has a screen of 13" or less there will probably be times when you want more white-space to work in. This little trick will give you about another inch of viewable document http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/10/one-click-yields-more-room-to-work-in.html
  5. Create and Organize Folders.

    Do you want to have more organization in your Google Drive account? Then you need to know how to create folders and move files into them http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/01/five-essential-google-drive-skills-for.html#.UQJtWeikEaI (scroll to the bottom of the page and look at the images)

Google Docs

For additional information see also, Change your sharing settings, https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2494886?hl=en

  1. When a document is not shared, people who click on your link see see something like:You need permission to view this document
  2. By default your document is private!!!!!
  3. To share your document, click the Share button in the upper right corner of the Google Docs pageClick the Share Button
  4. Then click in the Sharing field for the Sharing List to show up.
  5. Choose whichever method best suits your need. Sharing only with folks in the gpsk12.org domain is a good choice.
  6. Click OK.

Google Sheets (Spreadsheets)

Gmail: Tips and Tricks

Google Calendar

Google Teaching Resources

  • Need a timer to keep class activities on track? Go to Google.com, then type "set timer" into the search field followed by an amount of time and a countdown timer is displayed. An alarm beeps when time is up. You can make the timer appear full screen without advertisements by clicking a little box icon to the right of the timer (Richard Byrne tip, 8 free timers to help you keep activities on schedule, http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2017/08/8-free-timers-to-help-you-keep.html)