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One topic that has come up frequently is how to use Google Docs. Since we are a Google Apps For Education (GAFE) district, and Google offers unlimited storage with easy collaboration, now is a great time to explore all that Google Docs has to offer.

I have created five short video tutorials to help explain some of the most useful features in Google Docs.

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

Google has over two hundred additional fonts you can add to Google Docs. The nice thing is that once you add the fonts one time, they will be available across all Google products on any device you use. Also Google fonts are universal so even if you share the document with someone who does not have that font, they will still be able to read the document.

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

One feature that Google Docs currently does not offer is the ability to create multiple columns. However you can create a table and then hide the table border to create columns in your document.

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

The research tool allows students to open a safe search browser within their document to research any topic. They can insert images and citations will automatically be inserted with the image. You can change the citation format to MLA, APA, or Chicago standards. This is my very favorite tool for Google Docs!

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

Use Google Drawings to create custom word art headers or any variety of flow charts and diagrams within your Google Doc. Drawings act as an image within the document and can be easily resized and edited.

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

The translate tool creates a copy of your Google Doc in one of a hundred different languages! This is a great tool for parents and community members who need a translated copy of your document. You could also use the translate tool as an instructional aid in a foreign language course.

I hope these short video tutorials help you become more familiar with Google Docs. Please feel free to share with your staff and students.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday Web Tool: Making the Most of Google Docs!


One topic that has come up frequently is how to use Google Docs. Since we are a Google Apps For Education (GAFE) district, and Google offers unlimited storage with easy collaboration, now is a great time to explore all that Google Docs has to offer.

I have created five short video tutorials to help explain some of the most useful features in Google Docs.

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

Google has over two hundred additional fonts you can add to Google Docs. The nice thing is that once you add the fonts one time, they will be available across all Google products on any device you use. Also Google fonts are universal so even if you share the document with someone who does not have that font, they will still be able to read the document.

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

One feature that Google Docs currently does not offer is the ability to create multiple columns. However you can create a table and then hide the table border to create columns in your document.

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

The research tool allows students to open a safe search browser within their document to research any topic. They can insert images and citations will automatically be inserted with the image. You can change the citation format to MLA, APA, or Chicago standards. This is my very favorite tool for Google Docs!

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

Use Google Drawings to create custom word art headers or any variety of flow charts and diagrams within your Google Doc. Drawings act as an image within the document and can be easily resized and edited.

Click on the link above to view the video tutorial

The translate tool creates a copy of your Google Doc in one of a hundred different languages! This is a great tool for parents and community members who need a translated copy of your document. You could also use the translate tool as an instructional aid in a foreign language course.

I hope these short video tutorials help you become more familiar with Google Docs. Please feel free to share with your staff and students.

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