Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Google Doc Tips And An Add-on For Math Teachers

One of the most common things I hear from Math teachers is that using Google Docs is not easy for them because they cannot write their math formulas. Well, there is an easy solution that should help all of the Math teachers.


(g)Math is a Google Docs Add-on that allows Math teachers to add equations to their documents. By clicking (g)Math, you will be taken to the Add-on page of Chrome and you will want to click install. Here is a video that explains everything that you can do with (g)Math.

Using Google Docs with students can be very helpful. Instead of making multiple copes of various worksheets with problems you have created, you can share a document for students on Drive. Also, making regular changes to the Google Doc from home is much easier than having to do it from school. I'd love to hear how you use (g)Math in your classroom. 

Here is a great public Google Doc that offers some wonderful tips on using Google Docs. Here are just a few of the 100 that are worth looking at. 

Productivity Hacks
These hacks will make your Google Docs experience even more efficient and streamlined.
  1. Templates: Use Docs’ 300 templates to get started on different types of documents.
  2. Work offline: View and edit documents even when you don’t have access to an Internet connection.
  3. Create shortcuts: Create shortcuts and bookmarks for new documents, Google Docs home and more frequently visited pages.
  4. Save as different file types: Instead of converting docs to different file types, you can simply change it to HTML, RTF, PDG, ODT and more whenever you save it.

With these editing tools, you’ll track comments, save editing history and more.
  1. Color-code comments: You can color-code live comments in Google Docs.
  2. Revision pruning: When you have too many revisions, they’ll automatically collapse, or prune, but can still be viewed in revision history.
  3. Track edits and changes: In Google Docs you can go back and forth between edits that you or collaborators made.
  4. Revision history: View older versions of your document, and choose to "revert to this one" if you choose.
  5. Find and replace: This version of find and replace lets you match cases, match whole words, find previous words, and more.

There are many more on the doc that you should check out if you are looking to to find some of the new things you can do with Google Docs.

If you ever need any help with your Google Drive or other technology, send me an email and I can drop by your room 4th hour to talk about it.

Have a great day!