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Making Google Work for You: Google Apps for Classroom Teachers

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Dates: October 11, 2018 – November 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
New Visions’ Fee: $25.00*
Related Materials: Syllabus
Related Courses: Google Apps for School Operations

In this course, participants will learn to use Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to assign and manage rich student production tasks like argumentative essays, textual-analysis, blogging, data reports, and multimedia presentations. Participants who complete the course will have the opportunity to earn the Google Certified Educator Level 1 certification for free! GAFE is a popular, cloud-based, productivity teaching and learning platform used in many NYC DOE schools, universities and modern workplaces. Free, school-managed GAFE accounts can include core applications like Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Google Sites and Google Classroom, which, if used well, can support powerful shifts in the way classroom resources and activities are structured and assigned. 

Teachers will also be exposed to “add-ons,”such as doctopus and goobric, small programs that add features to existing software, and can be used to support student learning. Such add-ons can make differentiated and group assignments more manageable, allow for improved quality and timeliness of teacher feedback, and assist with the myriad tracking, reporting, intervention, and personalized communication tasks that help empower a supportive classroom.

Participants who successfully complete this course will demonstrate an ability to successfully create an online learning hub using one or more G-Suite Applications.

Course Expectations:

  • Attend four 2 hour synchronous Google Hangout sessions.
  • Complete asynchronous course components alongside class sessions, including actively participating in the online forum discussions.
  • Create an online hub using Google Classroom.
  • Utilize at least two of the tools explored in class (Doctopus and Goobric, Forms, Flubaroo, Classroom) to create a lesson plan providing rich instruction or feedback to actual students, a core learning goal for this course


Successful completion of this course assumes that teachers and their students will have GAFE accounts and devices for use in the classroom context. Teachers without GAFE should obtain permission from their school leader and/or work with technology staff at their school to set up a pilot domain and student accounts for their school and/or classroom. Class time will not be used to directly support the setup of a Google Apps for Education domain, however Google offers free online resources and and phone-support to assist with this process. To accomplish the objectives of this course, participants must have regular access to a class set of reliable laptop (or tablet) devices and Internet connectivity with sufficient bandwidth to accommodate the use of Google’s browser-based and/or mobile applications.

This class will be taught by

Christian Sanchez

Christian Sanchez has been teaching for 22 years. He is currently the Technology Coordinator, Social Studies teacher, and Cabinet Member at MS 319 Maria Teresa Mirabal Middle School located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan. For the past 10 years, Christian has been driven to make technology transparent in and out of the classroom in order to make its use effective and progressive. He has implemented Google Apps for Education school wide and regularly conducts training sessions in the incorporation of the Smartboard and Smart Notebook software. A Social Studies teacher by trade, he holds a B.A. in History from SUNY New Paltz and an M.S. in Learning Technology from Mercy College.

Elizabeth Mason

Elizabeth Mason is an Instructional Specialist for Technology and Writing and is responsible for implementing the Drive to Write program at selected New Visions Affinity schools. Before coming to New Visions, she worked at an international school in Curitiba, Brazil, where she taught high school English and acted as a Technology Integration Specialist. Prior to this work, she served as a teacher in Shenzhen, China and in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She holds dual Bachelors Degrees from Texas State University in History and Communications and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Texas. Elizabeth is also a Google Certified Educator and often coaches other educators seeking Google Certification.


“Chris was a fantastic, patient, knowledgeable instructor” Former Participant, Spring 2018

Course Fees & Registration Policies

*New Visions is covering the course fees for educators who work in a New Visions school (charter or district). See our terms & conditions page for further information regarding registering with the DOE for P-credit and other details such as our refund policy.