24 Mar The 4 Google Docs Add-ons Every School Should Have
The school day passes by quickly when students are hard at work on Chromebooks. To boost productivity, your students and teachers can load up on these time-saving add-ons for Google Docs and enjoy a smoother workflow when writing papers, formatting reports and collaborating with classmates.
1) Workflows: Google Docs enables remote collaboration by updating all changes made to a document and identifying which user contributed the edits. Working offline can disrupt the flow of edits when your changes conflict with edits made to the same section, and you’re often forced to accept the other user’s work or toss it. Workflows can eliminate that frustrating overlap by allowing the creator and authorized editors to request approval for changes before permanently adding them to the document. You can leave comments to explain your rejections and approvals and make sure your teammates agree on the final draft.
2) UberConference: Hosting an instant conference call is another option for simplifying collaboration. Whether you’re preparing for a classroom debate or need a teacher’s help deciphering a math equation, conferencing lets you communicate remotely with a group in real time while working together on a document.
3) Clipboard: For students and teachers who have trouble organizing their thoughts when writing, Clipboard makes it easy to store fragments or paragraphs of text and move them to different locations of the document. Create notecards when you need to include certain details, but can’t figure out where they fit in the document. All your clipped text is saved on the sidebar, so you can reinsert the copied sections as you refine your written work.
4) EasyBib: Citing sources in research papers is one of those necessary, but tedious tasks students prefer to avoid. EasyBib speeds up bibliography creation by letting you search for books, websites and other sources and instantly transform them into MLA, Chicago or APA citations. A quick citation method means you can also create personal lists to keep track of all the sources you’ve scoured.
To start using these streamlined apps in your documents, simply click the “Add-ons” tab in Google Docs, and select “Get Add-ons.”