Hidden Features of Google Docs
Don't miss out any longer!
Oh Google Docs... What a wonderful tool you are
But did you know you can beef up these nifty apps to make them even more efficient for you and your students?
Take a look at a couple tools and add-ons available for Google Docs.
#1: The Research Tool
Click "Research" under Tools
Create a new Google Doc and choose the Research tool.
Narrow down your search
Or leave it as is to search everything on Google.
Type in a Keyword
Pictures, basic information, and web results will populate for your given keyword
More on the Research tool
To really knock your socks off, by using the research tool, it will automatically cite the website it came from!!! See below.
Find a picture or site
Drag the picture onto your Google Doc
It will automatically populate a footnote for the image.
Website at the bottom
You will find the website for the corresponding footnote at the bottom of the page.
#2: Highlighter Add-on
Highlight tool add-on
This add-on provides a great way for students to annotate text digitally, or it can also be used as a study tool.
Select Add-ons in Google Docs
Click Get add-ons
Search highlighter or for a variety of other add-ons by entering a keyword.
Add highlight tool
Click the blue + button on the right to add the new add-on to your list.
Go back to Add-ons
Select the Highlight tool and click start.
Create your Highlighters
Select a color and a label for different highlighters you'd like to use.
Select a part of the text and click the appropriate highlighter to annotate.
For those of you using Google Classroom or Apps for student assignments, look into the docAssist Rubric add-on for an quicker way to grade student work within docs.