Google Drive Basics: 3-Course Bundle

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Complete set of 3 video courses--over two full hours of video tutorials--teaching you and your students how to use Google Drive and three of its most academically useful tools: Docs, Slides, and Forms.


This bundle has been partially updated as of September 14, 2020: The Intro to Drive section and the Docs Basics course are all updated. Slides and Forms are still in their 2018 versions. Due to the constantly changing nature of Google products and the time it takes to keep the product current, I have decided to discontinue updating the product. For that reason, the bundle price has been reduced from $59 to $45. If you purchased the product at full price ($59) in 2019 or 2020 with the expectation that it would be updated, please contact us at and we will arrange for you to receive a $14 refund or another free product of similar value from my store.


If you and your students are not working in Google Drive yet, there’s a good chance you will be soon!

To many people, Google Drive is just a simple online storage system, an online hard drive like Dropbox. But it’s so much more than that! Yes, you can store files in Google Drive, and yes, you can organize them nicely into folders, but Drive also has a collection of FREE built-in tools that allow you to create new projects right inside Google Drive, including:

Google Docs:

A word processing program that does the same thing as Microsoft Word. With this tool, students can do narrative writing, informational writing, and argumentative writing. They can collaborate with other writers, insert images and link to other forms of multimedia to enhance their writing. The can use the built-in research tools to check spelling, find resources to support their writing, and even cite those sources properly. And when final drafts are ready, students can use Google Drive to publish their writing and share it with others.

Google Slides:

A presentation program that works just like PowerPoint. With Slides, students can prepare slideshows that integrate text with visual images, charts and graphs, and other multimedia to support their claims, share their research, and even showcase their talents in portfolio-style slideshows. They can even publish slideshow presentations as PDFs, making Google Slides a perfect tool for creating e-books on any subject imaginable!

Google Forms:

A survey tool similar to SurveyMonkey. Students can use Forms to collect authentic data from their peers or other students around the world. They can practice entering, interpreting, and analyzing data, then using that data to support a claim in argumentative writing or speaking. Teachers can also use Forms to create tests, quizzes, or integrate videos for flipped lessons.

Sounds great, right?

But what if you don't know how to use all these tools? What if your students need to learn how to use them? Should you spend hours demonstrating the tools yourself, or combing through YouTube trying to gather video tutorials that will do it for you? And what about kids that don't pick up the skills right away? Should you go back and re-teach them? What about the kids that already know how to use these tools? Should they be expected to sit through lesson after lesson covering skills they have down pat?


This bundle is the answer to all your questions. Three complete video courses that teach you and your students the basic skills of Google Docs, Slides, and Forms.

In each course, you get:

Video Tutorials

Video files you store in your own Drive--no need to deal with blocked access to YouTube! The videos are short, clear, and demonstrate exactly how to perform the major functions of each tool. Once you load them into your Drive (which I teach you how to do in the Teacher's Manual) and give students access to them (also explained in the manual), students can watch them whenever they need to. Having the tech instruction all set up allows YOU to engage with students about the content. If a student needs a refresher on a particular skill, they can just return to the video.

Quick Notes

Printable pages of hints that remind students of where to click for what task, so students don't always have to re-watch the videos if they only need a fast reminder. Quick Notes are designed to work both in a 3-ring binder OR composition-size notebooks (just cut on the line for a perfect fit!).

Skills Challenges

This may be the best part. To give students practice in the new skills they are learning, the Skills Challenge is a sample project students complete with the tool. The Challenges are differentiated--offering 3 tiers of difficulty--so you can meet the needs of a variety of learners. AND a sample finished product is provided for each level of each Skills Challenge, so you and your students have a clear model of what a correctly done project should look like at every level.

Teacher's Manual

A 14-page manual provides clear instructions for setting up materials, suggests possible teaching approaches for working through the lessons, and offers helpful hints for keeping things running smoothly.


NOTE: This course is designed for schools whose students are already set up with Google accounts. These accounts are free. If your students do not have Google accounts yet, please speak to your school’s tech coordinator before purchasing this course.



To let you judge the quality of these lessons yourself, I am making the first three videos, from and earlier version of the "Intro to Drive" section, available on YouTube. You can view these videos here:

Video 1: A Tour of Your Drive

Video 2: Managing Files & Folders

Video 3: Working with Others


Don't need the whole bundle?


If you're already proficient with some of these tools and don't feel you need the whole bundle, you can purchase the courses individually instead. Each one comes with the Intro to Drive videos, no matter which course you buy, so all users can learn more about what the Google Drive platform has to offer. Click on the course names below to go straight to each one:

Google Docs Basics (now updated for 2020)

Google Slides Basics

Google Forms Basics


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45 videos + 33 pages
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3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.


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