Thoughts by Kris
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Google docs is a very commonly used tool. It is one that is often a go to for many teachers. It is easy to get started, quick to understand, and accessible by students. This post is designed to help you squeeze the juice out of your next google doc project. Take it to the next level and teach your students some of these tips and tricks!!
1 - Publish the Doc
Publishing the doc is a phenomenal way to quickly showcase your project. When you publish, you are essentially creating a website! I have used publish to create Professional Learning schedules, share structures outside our network, and create parent friendly newsletters.
2 - Embed GIF's
For sure a Jake Miller favorite!! You can take any GIF and copy this onto your google doc and have it still run. This option allows you to embed self help, random number generators, or even step by step directions! PRO TIP - Use screencastify to make your own GIFs!
3 - Headers/Footers
The headers and footers for google docs are often extremely underused. This is a great place to add your own drawings to create visually appealing formats. Customize this section with your tag line or your logo to make a real splash with your next meeting!
4 - Button Drawings
Links are boring, so why not make a custom button out of drawings! This button will look just like a clickable button and can still be a link and putting its money where its mouth is.
5 - Default Font
Nobody likes to type in arial and if they do, they haven't looked at the fonts that google offers. There are ways that you can change the default font on all google docs so that you dont have to change it every time you open a new doc. Find me on YouTube to solve this problem!!
6 - Use Bookmarks
Long documents don't have to bother you anymore if you use Bookmarks. Mark the spots and titles that you want with bookmarks and create a table of contents at the top. This organization will save your life on your long meeting agendas, or curriculum documents!
7 - Template Link
When handing out templates to your students, there is a trick you need to know. Change the URL from ending with "edit" to ending with "template/preview". This will allow your students to see what they are copying before they make a copy!
8 - Use Docs.new
Making new google docs is easier than every. Go to your chrome browser and type in docs.new. Believe it or not, this will open a new google doc for you that is saved in your drive!!