Tech Tip Tuesday: Create More Engaging Google Docs

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Want to revamp some of your old Google Docs  / Microsoft Word assignments? Consider updating them to make them more engaging and interactive. Here’s how to take your everyday Word Doc and do more: like change the page color, create a hyper doc, add a table of contents and create a web-page version of your Doc.

  1. To change the page color of a Google Doc simply: Go to “file” –> “page setup”. In the pop-up window that appears, page-color is an option, as seen in the following image. Select that to change the entire color of the doc!screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-10-27-am

2. To add a table of contents and create a hyper doc simply: Create sections/headers in your document. Then, make sure that you change the text style of each header by clicking the “normal text” icon in the toolbar under “format” and “tools” and to either “Heading 1,2 or 3”.

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Then, scroll back to the top of your document, and type the words Table of Contents. Hit the “enter” key once to skip a space and then do this: Click “insert” –> “table of contents” –> then select the “with blue links” option. A table of contents will appear with all of your headings as links. Feel free to edit/format this table of contents to your liking by changing the font size, style, etc. When complete, it could look something like this: screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-22-02-am

3. To create a web page version of your Google Doc simply: Go to “file” –> “publish to the web”. The following box will open:
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Keep it on “link” (unless you want to embed it into something like Schoology), click the “Published Content & Settings” drop-down to open more options. Leave “Automatically republish when changes are made” checked so that the web version will update as you update the Google Doc. Once complete, click “publish”. Google will then generate a link to the web page version of your doc that you can share. This would be great for Web Quests or teaming this up with https://hypothes.is/.

Have fun!

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