Google recently introduced add-ons for Docs and Sheets. Add-ons give you extra functionality to make Docs and/or Sheets even better. You can access add-ons by opening a new Doc or Sheet and from the Add-ons menu select Get add-ons. A new window will open up with a range of different add-ons to browse; you can install the add-on directly from here or click the item to learn more.
One of the most useful add-ons available is Easybib bibliography creator – copy and paste in a URL or search for a book or journal and EasyBib will gather up the bibliographic details ready to create a reference list in one of three styles to insert into a document – it couldn’t be easier! I have successfully used EasyBib in creating a reference list for for a university assignment. If we encourage our students to use a tool like this then there is no excuse for not referencing properly.
Other useful add-ons for teachers and students alike include:
- Open Clipart – choose from more than 50,000 free clipart images to add to documents
- Thesaurus (Docs)
- Gliffy diagrams (Docs)
- VexTab Music notation (Docs): Add music notation, drum notation, and guitar tab to your documents using the VexTab language.
- g(Math) (Docs)- Create graphs and write complex math directly in your Google Doc
- Template gallery (Sheets) – Save time by using professionally designed spreadsheet templates
- Doctopus (Sheets) – this one deserves a Bytes post of its own (coming soon!) – An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive
- Styles (Sheets) – Now you can quickly add style to your spreadsheet by highlighting cells and choosing a style from the style viewer
Add-ons are relatively new so no doubt the clever people at Google and other third-party developers are working on more – stay tuned!