BFinding add-ons inside of a Google applicationy design, Google Applications offer bare-bones formatting and functionality. By default, they don’t offer a lot of complicated features or carry a huge learning curve. The tools are simple to use. Often the most complicated action is signing in and finding your documents or those shared with you. Sometimes, you need additional features that support your purpose. And sometimes there is helpful functionality you didn’t know you were missing! Let’s explore!

From the menu bar look for Add-ons. Search by application or by function.

Google Sheets

Flippity (http://flippity.net/) recently joined the Add-on market. It provides a variety of templates that co-exists with a Google Sheet that is used to populate the template. Choose from a variety of options: MadLibs, Flashcards, Mix & Match,Progress Bar Indicator and more. For example, create a Quiz Show game to use with your class. The documentation provided by the company with examples and technical support are very thorough and helpful.

 Fippity Google Add-on provides a game show view of questions

Resulting game show view from Flippity Quiz

Google Forms

g(Math) for Forms (https://goo.gl/Nlz5ms)g(Math) for forms allows you to create a math expression, graph, statistical display, handwritten entry, and responses to a form.

This Add-on creates math-centric equations, graphs plus math and statistical expressions. You can create an entry for handwriting. Consider it for demonstrating the evolution of a math equation or when you wish to use a stylus on a mobile device. Support? (https://goo.gl/8WzLRi)

Google Documents

Showing Spanish Accent characters

Easy Accents allows you to (https://goo.gl/zdHgw3) select from one of 23 languages. A side panel contains letters with various accent options. The accents even take on the font qualities: ¿Adónde vas? ¿Adónde vas?  ¿Adónde vas? But it doesn’t remember the last language you used; each time you open a new document you have to reselect the language.

Word Cloud (https://goo.gl/ShUJ6b) Sometimes getting a visual look at your writing can give you really good feedback. Am I using the same word too many times? Am I concentrating on the right themes and topics? Have I continuously misspelled a word? Selecting your text and creating a word cloud with this Add-on may help analyze your document. Below is a visualization of the UAF Mission Statement. Advanced features allow you to change the number of words to show, words to remove or common words to drop. This add-on creates a table you can add to your document.

Word cloud from UAF mission statementWord count table of common words used in a specific document

Highlight Tool (https://goo.gl/6NQAxX) allows you to designate a certain color of highlight with a theme. Gather those selections and organize them by themes. Share the results with others. 

See the highlight colors: green for Thesis, yellow for Evidence, red for Commentary, and blue for Conclusion. Share content you collect with Highlight Tool as well as highlighter collections for different purposes.

Create specific highlight colors to have meaning and share your highlighted materials and your highlighters.

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