Best Google Apps Add-Ons for Teachers and Education

These add-ons extend the functionality of Google Docs and Sheets

Google Apps Add-Ons for Education screenshot

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A lot of educational institutions use free Google Apps programs, which are effective and streamlined. If you find yourself needing more features for your academic pursuits — whether you are a teacher, administrator, or parent — you should check out available add-ons.

Add-ons bring in additional tools for your programs, usually Google Docs or Sheets. Many are free, which is helpful.

After you install an add-on, any document you create in that program can use those features on any new projects.

To find them, open a blank Google Docs or Sheets document by signing into your Google Drive or Gmail account and select Add-ons > Get Add-ons.

You may see many options, but here are the ones that are used by a lot of school administrators and teachers.

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Doctopus Add-On for Google Docs

Doctopus Add On for Google Docs

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What We Like

  • Simultaneously hand out Drive files to a roster of students.

  • Makes separate folders for each roster.

  • Walks users through every step.

What We Don't Like

  • Complicated grading process.

  • Runs slow.

  • Mastering the learning curve is essential for success.

According to Google this is "An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive.

"Doctopus gives teachers the ability to mass-copy (from a starter template), share, monitor student progress, and manage grading and feedback for student projects in Google Drive."

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Free autoCrat Add-On for Google Sheets by New Visions Cloud Lab

autoCrat Add On for Google Sheets by New Visions Cloud Lab

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What We Like

  • Multipurpose document merge tool.

  • Extracts data from spreadsheets and merges it with Google Docs and PDFs.

  • Updated, modern interface.

What We Don't Like

  • Merge conditions are limited.

  • Runs slow.

  • Doesn't merge fields in the header or footer.

Google Sheets, the spreadsheet program in Google Apps, can become a reporting tool and more thanks to the autoCrat Add-on for Google Sheets by New Visions Cloud Lab.

You can try this app for free.

This can be a great way to track metrics and more.

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Flubaroo Grading Add-On for Google Sheets

Flubaroo Add-On for Google Sheets

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What We Like

  • Analyze online assignments and share scores with students.

  • Works with multiple choice and fill-in assignments.

What We Don't Like

  • Instructions aren't very clear.

  • Can't disconnect forms from student access after answers are submitted.

Teachers, grading and reporting with Google Apps just got a whole lot easier.

The free Flubaroo Grading Add-On for Google Sheets allows you to grade, analyze performance, and email information to students from within your spreadsheet, thanks to developer Dave Abouav of {edCode.org}.

Talk about an easy system for getting feedback to your students or their parents!

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Kaizena Shortcut Add-On for Google Docs

Kaizena Shortcut Audio Feedback App for Google Docs

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What We Like

  • Highlight text in Google Docs and record voice comments.

  • Students can edit work online after receiving feedback.

  • Google Docs collaborators can provide audible comments.

What We Don't Like

  • Not user-friendly for beginners.

  • 2018 redesign resolved user complaints of having to leave Google Docs to record comments.

The Kaizena Shortcut Add-On for Google Docs allows teachers or instructors to give audio feedback on student documents or assignments. The add-on installs a tool that the user can click to begin and end the recording.

This is awesome because most people can speak much more quickly than they can write, and teachers need all the help they can get. Some students feel this is a more personal way to receive feedback as well.

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Mapping Sheets Add-On for Google Sheets

Mapping Sheets Add-On for Google Sheets

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What We Like

  • Add-on processes Google Sheets data into a .json file for mapping directly onto a map.

  • Share maps using a URL link.

  • Add-on uses longitude and latitude for locations.

What We Don't Like

  • Free add-on is limited to 50 map locations.

  • Google geocoding daily limits affect the value of the subscription add-on with unlimited locations.

This Mapping Sheets Add-in for Google Sheets is one of our absolute favorites. Using a spreadsheet of address data, you can display multiple points on a map simply and easily.

Instructors and students alike are likely to find many uses for this whether for preparing a presentation or analyzing data.

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VexTab Musical Notation Add-On for Google Docs

VexTab Musical Notation Add On for Google Docs

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What We Like

  • Adds music notation, drum notation, and guitar tab to documents.

  • Excellent tutorial.

  • Accommodates your choice of guitar tuning.

What We Don't Like

  • Not as intuitive as dedicated music notation software.

  • Doesn't work with some browsers.

Want to use Google Apps for musical composition or music theory? Music instructors and students can use this free VexTab Music Notation Add-On for Google Docs to have more options for musical notation.