There are so many useful extensions and add-ons that educators can use, both in their personal life and their professional life, it can be impossible to keep up with them all. Here is a short list of a few of the most useful for educators. If you have any others, be sure to leave them in the comments.
Use this Docs add-on to create a keyword list, which can then be viewed by students as a sidebar in their Doc. This add-on provides a easy way for teachers to create keyword lists for their classes, and for students to view them. As a teacher, using the ‘Create Keyword List’ option guides you through a few short steps to having a pre-formatted keyword list. This list can then be shared with your class as you would normally with any Doc or Sheet. Keeping the share as “view only” means you keep control of the list and can update or modify it as needed.
As a student, you can access any keyword list shared with you from inside the Doc you are working on. This saves time going off in to other places to find the information you need. It also means less distraction from closing and opening different applications or searching the internet for answers.
Get your class on the same (web)page, instantly.
Google Classroom Teachers: Save time and create a more interactive class with the Share to Classroom extension. The extension allows you to push webpages to your any of your Classroom classes, so they open instantly on your students’ computers. With this extension, you can get your students on the right page, quickly and reliably every time. You can also post announcements, create assignments, or save webpages to post to Classroom later.
Students: The Share to Classroom extension gets you to webpages your teacher shares, without you having to type out the whole URL. You can also push web pages directly to your teacher.
Share to Classroom requires a Google Apps for Education account with Google Classroom.
From the always fantastic Alice Keeler comes this Google Sheets add-on that addresses one of the few shortcomings of Google Classroom, group work. Alice’s script shares the group doc with group members and adds group member names to the doc title. If you’re doing any group work within Google Classroom, this is the best option out there. Check it out.
For more great add-ons for various Google Apps, check out her extensive list on her scripts page.
Mixmax upgrades your Gmail with free unlimited email tracking, instant scheduling, reminders, send later, surveys & polls, and more!
Schedule Meetings Instantly – Share availability and set up meetings painlessly with Google calendar integration.
Track Emails with Read Receipts – Know who exactly who opens your message and when, even in group messages. Now you know exactly when to follow up.
Schedule emails to send Later – Always have perfect timing with schedule emails. Write an email at night and send it in the morning, or whenever you wish.
Write faster with template – Create and save templates to reuse again and again. The perfect email is one-click away.
Show web previews to get your point across – Get your point across with visual previews. No more clicking links and switching context.
Spell check and grammar check your writing when communicating online. Boost your productivity and credibility everywhere you write! The free Spell Checker & Grammar Checker by Grammarly helps you write clearly and confidently on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly anywhere else on the Web. With Grammarly, you can always be sure that your words are mistake-free and say what you mean.
★ Contextual spell checker
Correctly spelled words used in the wrong context mean embarrassing mistakes for you. Grammarly spots erroneous use of lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re, and many more commonly confused words.
★ Grammar checker
Grammarly scans your text for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.
★ Vocabulary enhancement
Words can make an impact, or they can fall flat. Enhance your sentences with Grammarly’s word choice suggestions that optimize for the context of your document.