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Step Up Your Google Game with the Explore Tool

Step Up Your Google Game with the Explore Tool

Google has an artificial intelligence tool built into their productivity suite, and it’s something that can save you a lot of time and effort. Here are the basic details you need to get started:

Google has an artificial intelligence tool built into their productivity suite, and it’s something that can save you a lot of time and effort. Here are the basic details you need to get started:

Explore in Google Docs

The Explore tool in Docs makes creating documents, researching and adding images so easy that it’s almost unbelievable. One of the frustrating pieces when you’re creating documents is the many tabs or windows you need to have open to look up facts and copy them over to your doc. Then, if you’re going to add images, you have to have a new window, search for your image, save it to the laptop and then insert it into your document.

Google has taken all the hassle out of this and made it so easy for you to do all of this without leaving the tab your document is in! Here’s a peak from Google’s Blog:‍

Explore scans (or reads) your document and when you click on the tool to open the sidebar, it shows you information based on what you’re writing. Google makes it easy to insert images, find facts (when you insert facts Google automatically cites it), and to search through your Drive, notes, and the web to find anything else you might need.

All this without ever leaving your document!

Explore in Sheets

The Explore tool in Sheets helps you become the master of data that you always wanted to be. If you have data in a spreadsheet and then hit the Explore button, Sheets using AI magic to help you do a number of things.

First, you can easily format your data to make it look good with the alternating colors tool. Second, Google will automatically create charts of your data without you having to do any of the hard work. Once you insert the chart into your Sheet, you can also add it to a Google Doc and it will reflect the future changes to the sheet in your Doc. Third, Google has an easy way for you to ask real world questions about your data and not only will Google give you the answer, it will also show you the formula to represent it. Then you can just drag the formula out onto the sheet and you don’t have to be an expert on writing all those complicated formulas to be able to really get the most out of Sheets.

Explore in Slides

In Slides, the Explore tool makes it easy to format slides. If you’ve ever tried to quickly create a presentation you know how complicated it can be. It always takes more time than you think it will. You have to copy and paste, try to fit everything on the slide, and decide the best way to lay it out. But with Google, you don’t have to worry about that anymore! The Explore tool helps you design and layout your slides so they look good.

You can also use the tool to search for images and to research your content, just like in Docs! If you want training on these tools for your staff, feel free to reach out. We want to help you (students, teachers, and administrators) become as efficient as you can possibly be.

Ben Parker

Director, Technology

Ben Serves as the Director of Technology for the OPSRC. Ben provides teachers throughout the state with training on all things Google and consults with districts on how to get the most out of technology.

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