Nov 26, 2014

Google Add-ons: You Need These!

In a previous post I talked about some of the new add-ons for Google Forms that greatly expand their functionality.  Today, I want to let you know about some core add-ons for Google Docs that could expand educational opportunities for students (or just make everyone's life easier!).

Adding Addons

Making one of these add-ons available in Google Docs is simple.  First, open your Google Doc and click on the "Add-ons" menu at the top of the page.


Then choose "Get add-ons..." and you will be presented with a pop up window that shows a long list of possible choices.  I will highlight a few of my favorites here.


EasyBib allows you to insert citations and a subsequent bibliography page to your Google Doc.

Easy Accents

This add-on allows students to choose French, German, or Spanish (plus a few others) accents to add to their documents through a button system.  It may or may not be more fluid than learning the keyboard shortcuts, but I'll leave that decision up the experts.



This is definitely the easiest way I have found to draw flowcharts and mind maps on the web and have them inserted directly into a Google Doc. Uses range widely from having students create mind maps for science notes, to a floor plan image of their sci-fi room during a creative writing project.


With this add-on, you can quickly search through the database for free to use clip art images to insert into a document.  It is worth noting that you can also search for images from within a Google Doc by using the Research tool (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+I), but the resulting images range from clip art to actual photography.  Using the Openclipart add-on is a nice way to filter down those results.

Final Thoughts

There are many other add-ons to explore.  Some have very specific functions that might be perfect for your classroom.  Explore the possibilities, and collaborate with your colleagues when you find something that works!

No comments:

Post a Comment