Google Tools for Faculty


This page provides brief notes on using Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Drawing, Sites and Jamboard for independent and collaborative learning. Please note: some tools like Jamboard and Google Sites do not currently have an "Add Comments" feature for marginal comments or peer tagging.

Help for Google Tools - and Related Resources

Resource Share for Using Google Tools

Google Sheets for Interactives and Online Flashcards

Some faculty recommend using Flippity for creating interactives or online flashcards within Google Sheets

Using Google Slides for Interactive Learning & Digital Manipulatives

Here are 20 ways to use Google Slides as interactive notebooks at including: 1) image annotation, captioning, draggable manipulatives, coordinate plane mapping, collaborative notetaking, etc. If you are interested in creating digital manipulatives through Google Slides, you might also check out this blog.

Making Your Google Sites Accessible

For guidance on color-contrast and ALT text in Google Sites, visit their Make Your Site Accessible page.

Using Google Sites with Students

For students to use, keep in mind this cannot currently be opened with Pima Gmails. As an alternative, students can be guided to create a professional, non-Pima Gmail using a standard naming convention ( to create a site which enables them to demonstrate what they have learned in your course.

Recorded Workshops

To learn more about pedagogical practices, visit our free on-demand workshops including:

  • "Collaborative Inquiry: Using Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google’s Collaborative Tools." To view this 03.31.20 workshop, log into your Pima Gmail and then visit our Transition-to-Virtual COVID-19 Response Workshops recording link page which includes all videos from this series cosponsored by Pima's Teaching and Learning Center and PimaOnline.

Beyond Google Suite

To learn more about tools within and beyond Google Suite for providing virtual whiteboards, corkboards, mindmaps or word cloud tools, visit our Virtual Whiteboards page.