Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Google Docs Updates

Google has slowly been adding features to Google Docs. One of the best features is the integration of translation services. When I first read about it there were 42 languages, recently they've added up to 51 languages. It's really so easy to use, and adds a great amount of functionality to Google Docs. This feature would be really useful for classrooms where English is not the primary language language spoken at home.

They've also added a readability feature to Google Docs. If you go to tools and select word count you get a nice pop up. It includes a basic count of words, characters, etc... as well as Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, & Automated Readbility Index. While I've not used this feature, it does seem really useful. Here's an example of what the pop up looks like:

Thanks to Robert Byrne over at Freetech4teachers for these tips!


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