Google Sheets is an awesome tool for creating projects or tracking information. But, sometimes, you need tools to do a little more for you. As a result, third-party developers create advanced “add-ons” that can supercharge the capabilities of your Sheets. Add-ons run on Google products, but they are made by everyday developers. What is really interesting about that is that means that people all over the world are coming up with technology and solutions to help us work and learn smarter. Today we will cover some of the best Google add-ons for education and how to get them!
How to access Google Add-ons for education:
It is really simple to get add-ons for Sheets. The easiest way is to click on the link for the add-on, this will take you to the Google web store, just click the Free button, and the add-on will be added to your Sheets account. Alternatively, you can get the add-on by following these steps:
- Open a spreadsheet
- Click the Add-ons button in the navigation menu
- Click the Get add-ons button
- A window will pop up for you to browse
- Click on any add-on to get more details about it
- Click the Free button to get an Add-on
If you are not using add-ons for Google Suite you are missing out on some awesome resources that transform the way you teach.
The top 5 Google add-ons for education
Flubaroo is one of the most popular Sheets add-ons for Education, boasting more than 900,000 users. This add-on allows teachers to revolutionize the way they grade. Many teachers are going paperless with G Suite for Education tools, and are giving assignments and quizzes via Google Forms. In combination with Google Sheets and Flubaroo, quizzes can be graded automatically and nearly instantaneously. Manual scores can be added in as well if it is a combination of multiple choice and open-ended questions. You can share scores with your students easily and also easily review results for your whole class. You can see which questions students commonly get wrong, and learn where to improve your educational methods during the grading process. Flubaroo reports that more than 400,000 assignments are graded every month. They must be doing something right!
Flippity is a really cool add-on that teachers can use to transform a spreadsheet into a many different interactive, online educational enhancements. Originally, it was created to transform spreadsheets into online flashcards, but now they have added a lot of other interesting elements. As a result, you can easily create things like a quiz show game, a crossword puzzle, a tournament bracket, a typing speed test, and more! Use Flippity to create interesting classroom materials to keep students engaged.
3. Wikipedia Tools
This add-on is really interesting. You can use Wikipedia tools to do a ton of information gathering for your school or classroom. Teachers use this add-on to import data to create many various learning tools. In the past, educational institutions used actual encyclopedias for information and research. These days, a lot of information would be out of date before the book was in print. You can pull tons of data from Wikipedia, from population data to language translations. With information from Wikipedia, you can easily compile a database of facts that is up to date and accurate.
4. Wolfram|Alpha for Sheets
Wolfram Alpha is changing the way we access the world’s knowledge. They use computational intelligence to access—well—just about everything you could think of that might be used in a classroom. Teachers will also find this add-on is a really great way to access and aggregate information and can present it to students in a variety of ways. Also, teachers can create powerful educational tools with the power of spreadsheets and informational databases like Wolfram Alpha.
5. Naavi Classroom Sync
Naavi Classroom Sync is a relatively new Add-on which is awesome for educators using the G Suite for Education. G Suite users have access to Google Classroom, an awesome tool for managing hybrid online and offline learning. Due to the creation of this Add-on, teachers can update the contents of their classroom using spreadsheets.
Free up time and power your classroom with Google Sheets
These are just a few of the many powerful sheets add-ons that you can use for education. Try out sheets to create and modify schedules, take attendance, grade students, and analyze test scores. Create assignments, student resources, and informational databases. Above all, with add-ons, you can improve your classroom and time management and focus on other important tasks.