My 10 Favorite Google Docs Addons for Teachers and Students
Over the years, I’ve played around with add-ons for Google Docs a lot, and thought EDU Week would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my favorites with all of you. The ones I have chosen are especially useful for teachers and students, although they can be used by anyone. Whether you’re making labels or envelopes, sharing creative pieces, writing screenplays, or whatever, I think you’ll find something for you below! If you’re looking for some non-Docs related resources this week, look no further than our mega list of the best tips, tricks, and updates for education.
These are just a small portion of the insane amount available on the Google Workspace Marketplace, and my opinion is going to be pretty narrow as I’m just one person, so be sure to check out everything on offer. I should also note that some or more of these may have an associated price or subscription cost, like with Smartsheet, for example. Make sure to check with your school or IT administrator if there are any bulk licenses or some sort of deal before you fork out your own money, or just look for free alternatives in the market!
Be sure to share your favorite add-ons for Docs, Sheets, and Slides in the comments section. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the amazing teachers and students who read Chrome Unboxed, it’s that they’re always happy to share tips, tricks, and wisdom with their peers, so let’s unite. us and push education further!
Templates for documents
Thousands of free and premium templates to quickly start your project. Download useful templates like calendars, business cards, letters, cards, brochures, newsletters, resumes, etc. You can use any template you download as is, or you can customize it to meet your needs. To download and use a template, click the Create a Copy button and a new file will be created for you, using that template, all ready to be personalized with your information.
Templates for documents
Adobe Creative Cloud
With Adobe Creative Cloud for Google Workspace, you can search Creative Cloud for the items you need, then attach link previews to synced files, libraries, and mobile creations right from Gmail. You can also save any attachments received in Gmail in Creative Cloud in a folder of your choice.
The latest version also lets you quickly access and use branded colors, character styles, and graphics stored in your Creative Cloud Libraries, right in Google Docs and Slides. work in your favorite Google Workspace apps.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Current features include changing all characters to upper or lower case, changing the first letter to uppercase, reversing the case of each character, capitalizing entire sentences and titles.
DocSecrets hides and encrypts sensitive information such as passwords, patent ideas or other secrets. Using the DocSecrets sidebar, you can insert secrets into your document, displayed as highlighted text boxes. Given the correct passphrase, the sidebar displays all the secrets of your document. You can modify, reveal or delete your secrets. DocSecrets automatically tracks your cursor position and highlights the current secret.
The easiest way to create and print labels from Google Docs and Google Sheets. Mail merge and merge from templates compatible with Avery® as well as other label providers such as SheetLabels, OnlineLabels and more.
Whether you’re printing address labels for a mailing, shipping addresses for a delivery, or making name badges for your next event, Labelmaker helps you generate professional labels in minutes.
Fountainize lets you write simple text and convert it into a beautifully formatted script with just the push of a button. Collaborative storyboarding has never been so easy! Fountainize is based on the Fountain markup language.
By writing your text following a simple set of rules, Fountainize is able to determine what a character, dialogue, action, or any other part of a script should be like. Don’t worry though! The rules are simple. For example:
EasyBib’s Bibliography Creator allows you to easily create a bibliography for your research article. Automatically cite books, journal articles, and websites just by entering titles or URLs. Format quotes in MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard and over 7,000 other styles. When you’re done creating your bibliography, click Generate Bibliography and we’ll sort your citations alphabetically and add them to the end of your article.
EasyBib bibliography creator
The Now Novel Google Docs add-on allows Now Novel members to import their story outlines for display in their private Google Docs projects. View all of your character profiles, track points, settings, and scene summaries in one convenient place while you write.
ProWritingAid is your online editor and personal writing coach. It checks your grammar, but also does a lot more to help you improve your writing. This includes checking for consistency of spelling, hyphenation and capitalization, eliminates clichés and redundancies, checks for plagiarism and non-original content, improves readability, finds overused and repeated words, improves structure paragraph, eliminates vague, abstract and complex words, and more!
The Screenplay Formatter is a tool that adds the ability to format your document files to meet script standards.
This app offers basic script formatting functions (such as setting your indents for speakers and dialog box) linked to easy to use buttons. Each button will help you effortlessly switch between scenes and action, as well as speakers and dialogue. The scenario formatting tool also includes basic scene transitions to help save you time.
Features added by Screenplay Formatter are: add headers, define action text, define new speaker, add parentheses to dialog, define dialog text, define new characters , define special effects and insert predefined transitions.
Bonus: Smartsheet merger
Creating invoices, form letters, envelopes, or other documents from your Smartsheet data is now a snap with Smartsheet for Google Docs. Use Google Docs to design a custom template to suit your needs, point it to your data in Smartsheet, and quickly create an unlimited number of custom documents.
Smartsheet lets you collaboratively collect and track lists, names, addresses, and other information. Smartsheet for Google Docs lets you merge this data into a custom Google document that serves as a template and create multiple Google Docs in the blink of an eye. It’s like a direct mail but with real-time collaboration and no version control issues.