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Introduction to Coding Google Apps Script

Dates: April 6th – May 17th 2020

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Did you know you can make Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc… EVEN BETTER?! You just have to know how to code it. Google Apps Script is based on JavaScript. In this workshop you will learn some basics of JavaScript and Google Apps Script and apply it to Google Docs. This workshop is intended to expose you to the fact that you CAN CODE, you can code Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms, and it is way easier than you think it is! This will get you started in your journey for coding. The applications in this workshop are for teachers to learn how to teach with G Suite more efficiently. This is not intended as a workshop to teach you to teach your students. This is for YOU!

This workshop assumes you know nothing about coding. Since it is only 6 weeks with just a little each week we will NOT get very far. This is really intended to give you a basic idea of what Google Apps Script is and to gain some confidence that YOU CAN DO THIS.

CAUTION: Alice can NOT review or debug your code. Part of the fun of coding is figuring out why it didn’t work. Please do not expect to share your code and ask “why is this not working.”


Week 1: Setting up Apps Script
Week 2: 2 Lines of Code
Week 3: 3 Lines of Code
Week 4: Make a Menu
Week 5: The For Loop
Week 6: Coding a Trigger

Go Slow Workshops™ are 6 weeks. This gives you the opportunity to practice what you have learned before moving on to learning something new. Each week’s activities are designed to take about an hour. (Note, this does not include the time you spend with your students to try out the activities.) 

Unlike a self paced video course, Go Slow Workshops™ are designed to be interactive and collaborative. Activities for the week are posted on Monday and you have all week to work through the activities and interact with the teacher and other workshop participants. At the end of the 6 weeks the workshop will be archived, but can be found in Google Classroom by using the menu to access “Archived classes.” 

Workshop not a class. Go Slow Workshops™ are not a graded class. Participate as much or as little as you wish. As the saying goes “You get out of it what you put into it.” You can simply lurk and see what is posted or fully interact with Alice and workshop participants. If you would like Continuing Education credits for the Go Slow Workshops™ please fill out this Google Form

Go Slow Workshops™ are conducted through Google Classroom. Classroom is designed to be collaborative, interactive, and makes sharing easy. For this reason I choose to use Classroom as the platform for the workshops. The default for school G Suite accounts is to RESTRICT you to your school. You will need a PERSONAL Gmail account that ends in to join the workshops. If you would like to use your school G Suite email please have the Google Apps admin whitelist in the admin panel. 

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