Now that you have reviewed Google Apps and Extensions, we will take a look at Google Add-Ons. Add-Ons are small programs that extend the functionality of Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. Once installed, they can be found in the Add-Ons tab of Docs, Slides, or Sheets. You will only see the Add-Ons specific to the program they are designed for once you launch it. One favorite Add-On is Save As Doc. This allows you to select data in a spreadsheet and turn it into a Google Doc. Each page in the Doc represents one row of the spreadsheet labelled with the headings. This is particularly useful for gathering student data into individual pages from a Google Form that a student fills out.
1. You access Add-Ons right from the tabs within Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
2. Click Add-Ons and select Get Add-Ons to see what is available for each application. Great examples of Google Add-Ons include:
3. Google has a guide for Add-Ons that includes information about installing, using, and uninstalling them that you might find useful. If you prefer video, watch this video to learn how add and use Add-Ons.
4. Locate some Add-Ons you will consider using.
5. Add at least two to your Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. In your assignment you will be asked to identify some you have installed and reflect on ways you will use them in your classroom or for your personal productivity.
Move on to the Final Assignment
Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
3b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
5a. Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
5b. Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
6a. Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.