Google Add-ons: MailChimp, HelloFax, EasyBib and Many More

At first, I wanted to write about Arts and Social Work, but that was quite a bit of a stretch as I was only going to tell you guys about a very cool Google Chrome extension (only works in Chrome, of course) called “Google Art Project”. It can enrich your web browsing experience by opening a beautiful piece of art every time you open a new tab (change it in options) or stick with one piece of art for the entire day, and it will change tomorrow. This will disable other extensions, like “Dayboard” for example. But then I thought that this wouldn’t meet the 500 word guidelines we have for our blog posts (ha-ha! not true!).

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Anyway, instead, I am going to offer information about Google Doc add-ons. These are special add-ons (scripts) which will increase functionality of your docs, and provide extra features not available otherwise. No trip to the Google Doc Add-ons Store needed, because below you will find some of the highlights.

So, you want the mail merge, or to fax a document, or get approval of your document or a signature, grade and organize your students’ papers, or just keep track of your references for a very formal paper with correct format EasyBib? Here is your list:

1. Doctopus – 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.

2. Merge by MailChimp

3. Letter Feed Workflows

4. Bibliography Creator (from EasyBib)

5. HelloFax

and 6. UberConference for conference calls within a Doc for up to 10 people

Find detailed descriptions and links to individual add-ons in this article 9 Useful Add-ons for Google Docs, and in this article, 7 of the Best New Add-ons.




Organizing Your Tasks

We, the online folks, often have a running list of things to do, and our environment is such that we may be working in cafes, at home, at libraries, in hotels, you name it! Plus, the constant potential disruptions in the form of incoming Skype calls, emails, actual phone calls, meetings we need to attend, virtually or otherwise, and sudden issues that pop up or scheduled events, like grading a set of papers, and then there is this blog to read, which fortunately comes out at the most convenient time and has wonderful tips on how to keep your online sanity!

Since we have been pushing Chrome as one of the better browsers for Blackboard, here is how you can leverage Chrome extensions to create your own task lists. Every time you open a new tab in Chrome, you will see this (your own version of this, that is!):

today's to-do list

When you mouse over an item, you can trash it or edit it, but by all means, the goal is to check it off! If a list gets overwhelming, you can switch to the focus mode  – one task at a time!

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And then you can pat yourself on the back, when you look up your history. I have nothing to show yet (slacker!), but I am just getting started!

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 8.52.40 AMThis is certainly not limited to just online faculty, it can be useful for anyone! Your students may be the most avid users of this extension as well.

To get your extension click here – Dayboard. Click install, and then just open a new tab.

Let me know how it goes. In fact, add it to your task list to report back! 🙂

I first found it on Free Technology for Teachers.