Workshop: Google Services - Beyond Search and Gmail

Hands-On VIRTUAL Technology Workshop


The power of the Google-Suite is at your fingertips...but how exactly do they all work?

There is a significant amount of mystery regarding the entire collection of services that are available to Gmail and Google users. The questions about these services include: What do that do? What do they offer? How do they compare to the tools from Microsoft and others?

In this workshop, we will define, review and briefly demonstrate the following Google Services:

  • Contacts – Manage your contacts, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers.
  • Calendar – Keep a calendar
  • Drive – Store and backup files and documents in the Google cloud.
  • Docs – Word Processing Functions to write and format documents. Compare to Microsoft Word.
  • Photos – Store your digital photos in the Google cloud.
  • Sheets – Create spreadsheets. Compare to Microsoft Excel.
  • Slides – Create a slide deck for a presentation. Compare to Microsoft PowerPoint.

These services are all included with your Gmail or Google account and can be used without fees. We will also explore the tradeoff you make to use these services from Google remembering that there is no such thing as a free lunch!

Finally, we will curate links and resources that can help you learn these tools and apply them to your business and personal efforts. 

This class is for all users of laptops, PC’s, smartphones or tablets with an expanding online digital life. There are two core groups of computer users this workshop is most relevant to:

1.   Gmail users who use their Gmail account mostly for email for would like to explore more services.

2.   Users of other email platforms (Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo or Comcast) that would like to explore these Google Services but do not want to switch email providers. 


After the session, you will have access to the resources found on the website. There you will find lessons specifically developed for older adults. Use the online site to review class topics and explore lessons on other topics.  

Dates: May 10, 2021

Location: Online with Zoom

Price: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members

Evening Virtual Classroom: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Register early. Seating is limited for these interactive, hands-on events.

Please note that this is STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process.

Step One: Register for the Event using the button below.

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Once you click on the button below and register, you will see both a confirmation page AND our booking system will send you a confirmation message to the email you used to register with us.

Step Two: The ZOOM link shown on the confirmation page and within the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our ZOOM Virtual Meeting Room. That page will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. This second registration will then generate an invitation email containing your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSCODE for logging in to the workshop.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating. However, the goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and private online workshop experience.

Thank you for your patience with this extra SHIFT safety process.

Your Facilitators


Don Frederiksen



Don Frederiksen is the founder and principal of the, the online club that helps older adults stay connected and engaged by learning, sharing and exploring technology. Don could be a Shift poster child with his encore experience.


After 35 years working as an IT leader and manager, trainer, data analyst and  developer, his position was terminated in 2017 due to a corporate acquisition. He learned about Shift during his outplacement exploration. The continues to be a work in progress with a mission to help older adults be active lifelong learners.


Don started his professional career as a school band director, discovered personal computers in the early 80’s, and never looked back. He traveled the country teaching IT professionals, started two companies and led corporate IT teams. He has a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St Thomas. He lives in St Anthony, MN.


In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment. 

SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances: 

  • You cancel your registration
  • You register but do not attend
  • You attend but leave early
  • You do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course

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