New Google Menu Tool – Add-Ons

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Google Doc Add-ons Tool

Working as a OT and AT at a Google School requires searching for supports for struggling readers and writers in Google Chrome. Like other apps and software, change is frequent and exploring what those changes may mean for special needs students is a constant process.

One new change in Google Docs is a new addition to its menu – an Add-ons tool allowing some apps to be readily available from the menu bar when creating a document:

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Although the choices of Add-on apps is limited at present (sure to change…), there are some very worthwhile free, trial / premium apps available for the Add-ons menu tool. Here are just a few of the Add-on apps available that might be appropriate for struggling writers:

 ProWriting Aid icon Pro Writing Aid (14 day trial/ 1 year 35.) available for Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Provides spelling, grammar, word overuse, plagiarism, style, consistency of word use in a document.

ProWriting aid google add ons

Texthelp highlighting tool iconTextHelp Study Tool app (currently free) provides the highlighting tools (yellow, blue, cyan, green) and the ability to collect highlighted text by position or color and create a new document. Highlighting tool opens to the right of the doc for easy access.

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Thesaurus app for Google Doc Add-OnThesaurus app  – (free) provides a synonym tool for words selected in a document. Thesaurus tool opens to right of the doc for easy access while writing.

thesaurus for Google add ons

Easy Bib for Google iconEasyBib – (free for basic version) provides reference tools from within the doc with several choices of styles to choose from .

Easy Bib for Google add on

There are certainly more Add-ons apps available such as concept mapping tools (Lucid, Mind Meister) , audio note add-ons (Kaizena), other comments apps (Track Changes) and utility apps. Available Add-on apps are conveniently available for use, exploration and management from the Add-ons menu tool in Google Docs. One draw back I found is most of the add-on tools such as the Thesaurus results or grammar checking results can not be accessed using the text to speech tools I am using (AppWriter or TextHelp) with Google Doc, unlike Google’s Define and Research tools that can be easily read aloud using AppWriter or TextHelp.

What Google Add-ons have you found helpful for struggling writers?

More for your Google AT Tool Kit!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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2 Responses to New Google Menu Tool – Add-Ons

  1. Diane says:

    Hi Carol.. I am reading your info on the Google tools available (I.e. Appwriter). Are they available on iPad? If so…I’m not finding it.

    ~ Diane


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