G Suite, (formally called GAFE) allows for easy collaboration, access to files, and easier communication with students. There are also many add-ons that can expand what you can do. Add-ons are tools created by third-party developers that enhance the functionality of Google Apps.
How Do I Find an Add-On?
Open your Google Doc, Sheet, or Form. Click on the add-ons tab and then get add-ons. In forms, you will need to click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner. You will then be able to search for the add-on you want. Click on the blue free tab to add it.
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It will ask you to allow access to your Google account. Once you authorize access, the tool will be added to your drop down add-on menu.
You can create a word cloud right from your own documents with the Word Cloud add-on. Students can create word clouds to analyze their own writing or another text document. If you have a document of more than 100 words, you can quickly generate a word cloud to see which words were used the most or to create a unique visual of your writing. By coping text into your Google Doc you can also analyze other’s writing or famous texts.
Storify is a great way to collect tweets from a Twitter chat or gather information on a specific topic. Twitter Curator is a Google Doc add-on that allows you to do this without leaving your document. Once you have installed the add on, you can search for information by entering a topic or a specific #. This is an easy way to collect, review, or information. After it is installed, you will need to enter you Twitter account information to allow access.
This add-on allows you to easily insert graphs, equations, and statistical displays into your Google Doc or Google Form. This is a must have tool for math teachers that are creating math quizzes using forms.