One of the things we focused on in our Google Drive Advanced trainings last week, was using Apps and Add-ons to do more with the tools you already use.
If you’ve never visited the Chrome Web Store before, this 45 second video is a great intro.
And a quick clarification… the difference between an App and an Add-on.
Apps are programs in the Google Chrome Web Store (see above video) that let you be more productive when you are using the Chrome browser. There are games, tools, media organizers and more. You do not need to use Google Drive to use these, but you must use Chrome.
Add-Ons are also programs, but they’re built into the different types of documents you can create in Google Drive. Each one (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms) has its own distinct add-ons that increase what you can do when working in that app or to enhance a document. To access, just create a new document like below.
Once the document is open, click the Add-ons tab. Then choose Get Add-ons.
You can search if you know what you’re looking for, or just scroll through the options and read the descriptions. If you hover your cursor over the name, you’ll get more information. Or usually you can click to see more details and perhaps see an introductory video.
When you select an add-on, there will often be a demo video and further instructions to get you started. To choose this add-on, click the +Free button, then allow the software to run when the next screen pops up. *Make sure you link these add-ons to your AAS account, not your personal one!
From now on, when you go into that type of Google document, you’ll have this add-on listed in the Add-ons tab.
Some great options to get you started…
For Google Docs:
For Google Sheets and Forms:
- Doctopus & Goobric (connect assignments turned in on Google Classroom with rubrics and grade/return to kids in one window)
- Flubaroo (set up automatic grading for information in a spreadsheet, great to connect with responses you get from a Google Form)
- Autocrat (document merge tool that creates PDF or shared documents from spreadsheet data)
Please play around with these options and let us know if you need help getting started or ideas for how these can be used in your class!