Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Google Docs just got better! Google Docs introduces Add ons.

I will be the first to admit that, despite the fact that I use Google Docs every day, it isn't the most full featured piece of software I have ever used.  There are many times when I would like to insert a graphic organizer in a Doc, or use a spreadsheet to easily create a mail merge.  Well, Google is changing things up and has introduced the Add-Ons menu to Google Docs and the New Google Sheets.  This new menu allows you to select certain tools that you want to use with your Google Docs.  Here is a brief introductory video:
In addition to the Add-ons listed in the video above, LucidChart has also been integrated into the add-on gallery.  LucidChart allows you to create mind-maps and other graphic organizers.  I love this tool and have used with with students as young as second grade.  What I am really excited about is that I now can have my students insert their graphic organizer right into their Google document they are sharing with me.  I can then not only access the final product, but I can see the planning that went in to the paper as well!  Check out this cool tool in this video:

I would love to learn the ways you are using the new Add-ons in your Google Docs with your students.  Feel free to comment to share!

4 comments:

  1. Oh, when they add mail. Merge, I will be thrilled. Good to see that there are updates to docs.

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    1. Check out the Merge by Mail Chimp Add on and see if that would do the mail merge you are looking for.

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  2. Thanks...good to know as Mike mentioned that there are updates to docs and spreadsheets!

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  3. About time doc have been updated for more features! Thanks for sharing.

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