As a teacher there is never enough time to simply explore the full features of many different programs so we tend to miss out on the cool add-ons that would enhance instruction, learning, or assessment.
When you open a Google Docs or Google Sheet there is a tab at the top titled Add-Ons. This is likely one of those options that you have avoided because you have no idea what it actually means. Who really has the time to explore and figure this out? I am providing you with an overview of what can be found in the Add-Ons section by highlighting some of the features teachers may find useful. In addition to these, check out a previous blog post about highlighting in Google Docs which is also a beneficial Add-On.
Give assessments and collect data using Google Forms and Sheets
Create a quiz or exit task in Google Forms, view the data in Google Sheets, and allow Flubaroo to score and calculate your results. This is a great way to get quick feedback on student learning with minimal time spent grading. If this sounds like something you would benefit from, check out Flubaroo.
Read about it here, Flubaroo Overview, and/or watch the video below to see how it can make your job collecting assessment data from students so much quicker.
Write Math Expressions and Create Graphs using Google Docs and Sheets
If you are a math teacher, this may be the perfect add-on as it provides a way to easy type in math expressions on to a Google Doc or Sheet. When used with Google Sheets, it also can be used to create a quiz for students. Check out all of the features of this add-on and see if it will work in your classroom by reading through the overviews below.
Create Math Expressions
Create a Graph
Create a Quiz
Find Synonyms and Antonyms with Google Docs
The Thesaurus add-on is a must for any teacher or student using Google Docs. Unlike a Word document, a thesaurus is not automatically included with Google Docs. However, one simple step can change this. The add-on simply needs to be selected and then it is ready to use.
Cite Sources within Google Docs
Easybib.com is a familiar online tool for citing sources correctly. There is an add-on for Google Docs that allows the user to build their bibliography in a side panel and then insert the list directly into document.