Google Resources

Google Add-Ons: (from Canyon ISD – Google Road Trip Seminar)

To add more functionality to your documents, spreadsheets, and forms, you can install add-ons, tools built  by third-party developers for Google Docs, Forms, and Sheets. Once add-ons are installed, you can manage each one individually, and turn them on and off at any time. An overview of Add-Ons may be helpful.   Directions for managing Add-Ons will help with turning add-ons on and off as well as deleting them.

MindMeister Add-On: The MindMeister Add-On for Google Docs lets you turn any bulleted list into a mind map. Example Video:

Table of Contents Add-On for Google Docs: The Table of Contents Add-On for Google Docs automatically creates a table of contents in a sidebar window which can be navigated by clicking on the links.

Translate Add-On for Google Docs: This add-on allows you quickly translate selected document text between several languages and reinsert it into the document.

(g)Math Add-On in Google Docs: Create graphs (including plotting points) and complex math directly from the sidebar in you Google Doc.  You can also use Speech to Math in Chrome to talk directly to g(Math) to create the expressions.

Formula Editor Add-On for Google Docs: Formula Editor lets you to easily type mathematical equations from the sidebar in your Google Doc.Formulas can be created either using the mathematics input box or by typing in their LaTeX representation. The result is then rendered as an image and inserted into your document.

EasyBib Add-On in Google Docs: Search for books, journals, and websites and format your citations using MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, and over 7K other styles, to create your Work Cited page all within your document.

Flubaroo Add-On for Google Sheets: Flubaroo helps you quickly grade and analyze online assignments and assessments, as well as mail scores to students.

Flubaroo How-To Video:

Debbie Boyer’s Creating Google Forms & Grading with Flubaroo: (Debbie Boyer is Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Canyon ISD)

Kaizena: Kaizena saves teachers time assessing digital student work in Google Drive while improving the quality of feedback students receive.  Kaizena makes it easy for teachers to give high quality feedback on student work – simply highlight and speak to give verbal feedback, or attach reusable resources for common problems.


Google Tools

Google Search:
*Voice Search
*Search by Image – Size, Color, Type, Usage Rights

Google Translate: Easily translate a document to numerous different languages.

Google Cultural Institute: Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.

Zoom in on gigapixel works of art:

Google Connected Classrooms:  Take a virtual field trip through Google+.

Google+: Google Plus is a social networking platform for discovering and sharing digital content with friends, family and coworkers. You can add people to your “circles” to follow.  You can join “communities” of interest.  You currently have a Google+ account with your Google account; however, you have to set it up for it to be active.

 Additional Resources:
Google How-to Videos by Debbie Boyer, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology – Canyon ISD

Managing Google Add-Ons:

Publishing Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides into a Webpage:
Learn to turn a Google document, spreadsheet, or slide into a webpage.  Students can easily access anything you would like to share.  Update the document, and the webpage will automatically update in 5 minutes.

When publishing a Google doc, you can create links from headers in the document by creating bookmark links..

Chrome Extensions: Chrome extensions help make the Chrome browser a more powerful tool.  Extensions are added as small icons on the right side of the browser. To find Chrome Extensions, visit the Chrome Web Store.  See details below to add, enable,  disable, or delete extensions from the Chrome settings.

Save to Google Drive: This extension allow you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting ‘Save to Google Drive’.

Tab Jumper: When working with many tabs at the same time, it’s hard to remember which one you want to go next. TabJump highlights frequently used tabs and related tabs so you can easily jump between them.


Read&Write for Google: The Read&Write extension reads text aloud to students. Offer support for Google Docs and webpages to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL. The part of the extension which reads aloud is free.  Other tools within Read&Write must be purchased.

Select and Speak – Text to Speech: This extension will read any text on a webpage to students.  It has a pause and play feature.


EasyBib: Cite web sites with one click using the EasyBib Toolbar and receive advice on the credibility of the website you’re citing. Create a bibliography easily.


Turn Off the Lights: When you are showing a video, the Turn Off the Lights extension will make the area around the video dark so it is easier to see on the screen.

Crash Course YouTube Videos:


Pinterest: Save creative ideas from around the web with the official Pinterest browser button for Chrome.  Just click the Pinterest button next time you find something interesting that you want to save for later.


Honey: Automatically find and apply coupon codes when you shop online!  Stop searching for coupon codes and sales.  Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.

Chrome Apps: Chrome Apps are shortcuts to Web programs available in the Chrome Web Store.  Once you choose the app in the Chrome Web Store, it will be added to your Apps Launcher located on the left-hand side of your Chrome browser’s favorites bar.  They may require a login and files may be stored online at the app’s website.

QR Code Generator: Use the QR Code Generator Chrome App to easily create QR codes to manage classroom learning with BYOT or district iPads.


Google Drive Apps: Google Drive Apps are available through your Google Drive account.  Apps connected through Google Drive do not require a login since it logs you in with your Google account automatically.  Since Google Drive Apps are connected to your Google Drive, anything saved in the app will be accessible in Google Drive. Having files saved into Google Drive is a GREAT feature for classrooms since all files are in one location.

To access Google Drive Apps, go to your Google Drive account > New (red icon) > More > Select Your App


MindMeister: Create, edit, and share great looking mind maps easily with MindMeister.


Lucidcharts: Lucidhart is a web-based diagramming tool which makes drawing diagrams fast and easy.  Organize thoughts in the writing process, draw timelines, make mind maps, and more.


Lucidpress: Lucidpress is a web-based tool for creating newsletters, flyers, and brochures.


PowToon: Powtoon lets you create awesome presentations and animations.

Example PowToon Ancient Rome Still Relevant:

 WeVideo – Video Editor and Maker: WeVideo makes video editing easy for everyone and accessible from anywhere, and it works with Google Drive.


 Camera: Take pictures on a Chromebook and save them to Google Drive.

Helpful Document:


Twisted Wave: This app is a full featured audio editor for creating and editing audio files.  Files can be stored in Google Drive if students login using their Google account.  Do not create a new account, but click on the blue “Sign In” icon.  Then choose the red icon, “Sign In with Google.” This will allow TwistedWave to save your audio files to your Google Drive. There is a “Log Off” icon in the top right of the TwistedWave screen.

Google Drawings: Create charts, graphs, drawings, shapes, and more with this tool.  It is located within your Google Drive under the red “New” icon.  Everything created here saves to Google Drive.

Sumo Paint: Sumo Paint is a full featured image editing and drawing tool.  It is much like Photoshop or Gimp with layers, effects, and professional painting tools. This is more of an advanced level app.


Additional Resources

Google How-to Videos by Debbie Boyer – Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology, Canyon ISD


Managing Chrome Apps: Learn to delete and manage apps in your Apps Launcher.

 Managing Extensions: To manage Chrome extensions, click on the 3-lined menu in the top right-hand corner of the Chrome browser > Settings > Extensions > Enable, Disable or Delete.

Publishing Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides into a Webpage:
Learn to turn a Google document, spreadsheet, or slide into a webpage.  Students can easily access anything you would like to share.  Update the document, and the web page will automatically update in 5 minutes.

When publishing a Google doc, you can create links from headers in the document by creating bookmark links..