Icon for Word Processing with a W and G for Word and Google

4. Suite Tools


Life is sweet! It is especially sweet when you have all of the suite tools right at your fingertips to complete a project thus making you more productive! Learn to use word processing tools (Google Docs or Microsoft Word). Students will learn to use formatting tools, use shortcuts, do file management, add and edit graphics, share their files, use tables, headers, and footers, and much much more.

Do you want to be able to:

  1. Work on your word processing files anywhere (using an Internet connection) without having the software installed?
  2. Upload and download documents in various a variety formats?
  3. Have access to all of the revisions you have made?
  4. Share your file(s) with others you give permission to so they can then edit, comment, and/or view your work simultaneously or at their convenience?
  5. Publish your documents for private or public viewing and even save them in the cloud?

Both of these are online productivity suites offer fairly similar sets of applications. The Google suite of tools is free to use, and the Microsoft 365 is free to students and educators using a valid school email address. Many schools use Google Apps for Education (Docs, Slides, Sheets, and more), and others subscribe to Microsoft 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more).

Get started building some word processing skills using these free resources. Select the section that meets your school and home use best: Google or Office365.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this Thing you will:

1. understand how to use a word processing application [Empowered Learner]

  • Format and add: graphics, hyperlinks tables, headers and footers to my documents
  • Upload and download files in different formats

2. know how to use advanced word processing features [Creative Communicator]

  • use the translation tool to convert to another language, 
  • use the speech-to-text feature to dictate
  • use text-to-speech to have it read to me
  • use the immersive reader features

3. share my documents with others online choosing appropriate privacy settings [Digital Citizen]

4. collaborate with others on a project [Global Collaborator]

  • use different sharing and commenting features

I'm ready to learn more about Google docs!

I'm ready to learn more about Microsoft Office 365



I have completed the Quests as assigned by my teacher.
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