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Google Docs

There is more to Google Docs than word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets.

Here are some other things teachers and students can do with Google Docs.

Word Cloud Gadget

One of the lesser known elements of Google Docs is spreadsheet gadgets. Gadgets are designed to take data from your spreadsheets and use it or display it in non-spreadsheet forms.

The Word Cloud Gadget takes the words (and numbers if you choose) in your spreadsheet and generates a word cloud. You can customize the Word Cloud Gadget to use the words from all of your cells or you can specify to draw upon specific cells. You can also customize the Word Cloud Gadget to link words in the cloud to a search engine. To add further utility, you can adjust the Word Cloud Gadget to ignore certain

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Reading Levels

If you select the word count option in the Google Docs tools menu you will find three indicators of the reading level of the document you're creating. Google Docs will calculate for you the Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and the Automatic Readability Index.

The Google Docs reading level indicators could be useful in selecting Internet articles for students to read. Paste an article into Google Docs to quickly determine the reading level.

Flashcards & Word Games

The Google Docs Templates gallery contains three templates allow you to create flashcards, word searches, and a word study game.

If you've been looking for just the right flashcard program or the right word search generator, but haven't found it, these templates might be what you need. One clear advantage of using these templates over a commercial program is that you won't be exposing your students to any advertising on your word search or flashcards. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33
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