EdTechTeacher Online Professional Development

Featuring G-Suite for Education

EdTechTeacher is proud to offer two exciting online courses in collaboration with the Illinois Learning Technology Centers and an opportunity to prepare you for the Google Educator Level 1 certification. Getting the Most Out of Google Classroom, Docs, Drive, and Slides and Getting More Out of Forms, Sheets, Drawings and Chrome are online courses featuring EdTechTeacher’s renowned professional development. Each course will consist of four live-online mini-workshops led by EdTechTeacher Instructor and Illinois resident, Ben Sondgeroth and are designed to accommodate users of all levels.

Each mini-workshop will be followed immediately by an immersive online learning module in which participants will explore G Suite for Education content in greater detail. The blended learning environment allows participants to explore content and topics at their own pace and benefit from Ben’s experience, expertise, and support.

What does each online course include?

4 Instructor-Led Mini-Workshops

Each new topic will be introduced weekly in a live, instructor-led “mini-workshop” via Google Hangouts. EdTechTeacher Instructor Ben Sondgeroth will discuss the upcoming new topic and provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions. Workshops will begin at 7pm Central Time and will be recorded for later viewing. (Workshops must be attended or viewed to receive PDCs or college credit.)

4 Online Learning Modules

Following each mini-workshop, participants will complete an online module that provides a deeper dive into the content discussed in the mini-workshop. These modules will take an average of one to two hours to complete and will be facilitated through EdTechTeacher’s online course system. The online work will also include a discussion forum that allows participants to engage in conversation with the EdTechTeacher instructor and other members of the course, helping create a community of learners.

12 Continuing Education Credits Available Upon Completion of the Course

Participants who complete the following requirements will receive 12 Professional Development Hours toward their Illinois Licensure renewal.

  1. Watch all mini-workshops; these do not have to be attended live, but participants must document that they watch the video by writing a short reflection of the topics covered in the session.
  2. Participate in all of the module discussions by posting an individual reflection post, as well as commenting on at least one other person’s post.

For more information email: Lori Whitman, lori@edtechteacher.org

Course 1

Getting the Most Out of Google Classroom, Docs, Drive, and Slides

Over the course of this four-week program, participants will explore how to effectively leverage the power of four of the core tools in the G Suite for Education. Exploring effective strategies and practices for immediate integration into classroom practice, teachers will discover new ways to transform student learning experiences by creating more opportunities for engagement and creativity. Mini-workshops for this course will start Monday April 9, 2018.

Module 1 - Leveraging the Power of Google Drive

Mini-workshop date 4/9/2018

Module 2 - Collaborative Communication with Google Docs

Mini-workshop date 4/16/2018

Module 3 - Harnessing the Power of Google Slides

Mini-workshop date 4/23/2018

Module 4 - Leveraging the Power of Google Classroom

Mini-workshop date 4/30/2018

Course 2

Getting More Out of Forms, Sheets, Drawings and Chrome

Over the course of this four-week program, educators will take a deeper look at the G Suite for Education, diving into apps and tools that can help teachers and students engage on new levels. When leveraged effectively, each of these tools can help students demonstrate their learning in many different ways. Mini-workshops for this course will start Thursday May 3, 2018.


Module 1 – Using Google Forms with Your Students

Mini-workshop date 5/3/2018

Module 2 – Understanding the Power of Google Sheets

Mini-workshop date 5/10/2018

Module 3 – Creating Learning Experiences & Images with Drawings

Mini-workshop date 5/17/2018

Module 4 – Maximizing the Chrome Web Browser

Mini-workshop date 5/24/2018


Registration options and pricing

Single Course: $200

Two Course Bundle: $375

District Bundle: 5 or more teachers from the same district $175 per person (single course rate)

Contact Lori at lori@edtechteacher.org for discount code.

Register below or visit the full Eventbrite Page

Graduate Credit Available

One graduate credit will be available for Getting the Most Out of Google Classroom, Docs, Drive, and Slides through Framingham State University at a cost of $75. In order to earn graduate credit, participants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Watch all mini-workshops; these do not have to be attended live, but participants must document that they watch the video by writing a short reflection of the topics covered in the session.
  2. Participate in all of the module discussions by posting an individual reflection post, as well as commenting on at least one other person’s post. Participants should document contributions to the discussions by taking a screenshot and placing it into their portfolio outlined below.
  3. Complete a digital learning portfolio in Google Slides, documenting learning from the course. The portfolio should include:
    1. Reflections from each of the mini-workshops
    2. Class examples of how participants believe that they might use the tools explored in each of the modules with students. These examples can take the form of lesson plans, outlines of activities, or written explanations.

Google Level 1 Certification Preparation

Although not a specific focus of the course, the completion of both classes should prepare participants to take the Google Level 1 Certification exam. The two classes will help participants master the Google “products” and “skills” specific to the exam. Participants will have the option to attend an additional online webinar to tie up any loose ends that may have not been covered through the first two courses and to ask questions specific to the exam. The webinar will be hosted on May 7, 2018 for those participants that completed both courses and are interested in taking the exam.