Fast Hacks Using Google for Productivity

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Participate and share : Interactive session

Dr. Desiree Alexander  
Need to work smarter and faster? This is THE session for ALL educators to combine their knowledge of Google products and learn the tips and tricks to use them FASTER and BETTER than ever! This fast-paced session will have you using these tips before you leave the session.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google account and Google Chrome
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: The purpose of this session is to show new Google tools to participants and show them how to use the tools they already use in a more productive manner. The audience gets to tell me what they are interested in learning using a Google Form at the beginning so the entire session is geared to them (personalized learning). It is also to answer questions from participants about the functionality of Google tools...those burning questions that they always wanted answered are welcomed here! Audience members also participate in answering each other's questions as well.

1. Participants will evaluate how to use Google Chrome, Drive, Templates, Keep, Calendar, Extensions, Slides, Sheets, Classroom, Forms, Explore Buttons, and Add-ons in more productive and innovative ways.
2. Participants will be able to redeliver this content to other teachers and students to help them be more productive while they are learning and teaching. This will allow them to work smarter, not harder!

Evidence of Success:
--Evaluation of session
--Participant participation
--Participants using skills at their campuses with students and co-workers

Content and activities:
-Audience will work along with the presenter while skills are being presented
-Audience is encouraged to ask questions
-Audience will participate in a deep dive connecting how these skills can be used in the classroom and with co-workers so they not only know the skills but know how they want to individually use it


This session is audience led. They fill out a Form and choose what topics and skills they want covered in the class. Therefore, every time I teach the class, it is different and audience driven. That is why the outline cannot be more specific.

Time: 60 minute session (can be modified for 90 minute session if needed)

5 minutes: Introduction
50 minutes: Interactive teaching of skills, participants ask questions
5 minutes: Closing and evaluation

-Throughout the session, the audience will be participating and will be encouraged to ask and answer questions as well as giving their own tips as well.
-A Padlet will be used as a backchannel
Learner outcomes: The learner will take away all of the tips and tricks for using Google more effectively! Teachers can then bring those skills to the rest of their faculty and students to aid them in using these tools to innovate and be more productive while doing it.

While some of these skills are well-known, I am teaching them tricks to doing them BETTER and FASTER, so this is not your normal basics session!

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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator, speaker, and author. She is Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting. She holds various teaching, administrative and technology certifications, including Google Certified Trainer, Innovator and Partner and Microsoft Office Specialists. She is a 2022 & 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Better Business Bureau Customer Commitment Award Honoree, 2017 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers among other honors. Learn more: