Add-ons are tools created by third party developers that enhance the functionality of Google Docs, Sheets and Forms. This allows users access to more features and creative freedom.
You can install an Add-on from ‘Get add-ons’ under the ‘Add-ons’ tab in Google Docs and Sheets.
Here are the Google Docs Add-ons I have found to be very useful for education.
Easybib Bibliography Creator
Create a bibliography page from within the Doc. Select and manage citations from books, journal articles and websites. Users have the option to use MLA, APA or Chicago citation style.
Kazeina allows users to add audio comments to a Google Doc rather than typing. Users also have the option to link resources to highlighted text. This is the perfect tool to leave verbal feedback on student work.
Mindmeister allows users to turn a bullet point list of ideas into a mind map than insert it directly into your Doc. This is a great tool to quickly brainstorm or visualise ideas.
Search more than 50,000 images to insert into your document. All images are free to use, change, modify, even commercially making for an excellent source for student use.
Table of Contents
Create a table of contents in the sidebar to navigate the Doc. When a user clicks on the link in the table of contents it will take you directly to that point of the Doc.
Find synonyms for selected words in your Doc. Suggestions will be given for synonyms and antonyms. A fantastic quick and easy tool to help students expand their vocabulary.