Computer Basics (Google Suite)

Enrollment Message:

Students require access to YouTube as well as an active Google Account.

In this course you will learn how to use productivity and collaboration tools, such as G Suite by Google Cloud to create word processing documents, spreadsheets, surveys and forms such as personal budgets and invitations. Students will also learn what it means to be a good digital citizen and explore the topic of Internet safety. Prerequisites:None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • use either Google Docs, Word, PowerPoint, or Slides to create a mockup of elementary classroom posters
  • sign in or set up a google account, create folders and documents, and share documents via shareable links
  • create a brochure highlighting information about web searching and troubleshooting tips
  • create an email signature, use proper etiquette to compose an email, create labels for your inbox, and send screenshots as attachments
  • set up contacts and create groups in gmail, create a task list, set up your calendar, and schedule meetings
  • create and manage groups and conduct calls using Google Hangouts
  • write a mini autobiography about you using Google Docs
  • set up a Google document and collaborate with classmates on a story utilizing the chat feature, suggested edits feature, and comments feature in Google Docs
  • create a Google Sheet that includes multiple sheets in the document, labels, easy to read fonts, a formula to total data, a chart or graph, a pivot table, conditional formatting, and an array
  • create a Google Slides presentation in which you collaborate with your classmates
  • create a Google form and analyze the responses
  • design a poster about being a good Digital Citizen
  • create a Discussion Thread and reply to Discussion Threads created by your classmates

Course Outline:

Module 1: Getting Started with Computer Basics

Module 2: Communication and Collaboration

Module 3: Google Docs

Module 4: Google Sheets

Module 5: Google Slides and Forms

Module 6: The Internet and You

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube. Students will need a computer or laptop for this course; tablets are not sufficient. Some YouTube videos are embedded within course. Students also require an active Google account.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: None


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students (MITECS)
NCAA Approved: N/A - Non-Core
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 10004
MDE Endorsement Code: NR - Computer Science
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Accelerate Education
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus