It's no secret that I am an avid GSuite for Education fan. What's not to love about a free platform that is versatile, trustworthy and accessible from any device? Google is always working, too, on new features and updates and this latest one is another game changer!
I love this new Google Drawings option because of the way it can now be used within Google Docs. There has, admittedly, always been an issue with Google Docs in that the only way to insert objects such as shapes, arrows, and lines, was to create a new Google Drawing every time using insert > drawing. Docs then opened the Google Drawing app for you to design your image. When finished, using the save and close button popped the Drawing into the Google Doc. You were able to edit the Drawing from within the Google Doc used when you created it, but there was no easy way to use the Drawing over again or edit it to use in another Doc. It could be downloaded and saved as an image, but that meant the Drawing could no longer be edited or updated if needed.
I was part of an interesting discussion recently concerning teacher's concerns over what they feel are limitations of Google applications on the iPad. Teachers had stopped having students use Google Docs to type assignments because they thought it was not possible to to set up a paper using MLA style on an iPad. Instead they had created a cumbersome workaround which involved students typing documents, emailing them to their teacher, and teachers then printing out document after document for students. Obviously this is more than inefficient! Creating an MLA style heading is a simple process and hopefully for these teachers will quickly lead to less time and paper being wasted!
MLA Format in Google Docs on the iPad
1. Open Google Drive on the iPad and log in.
2. In Drive click the Plus icon in the lower right corner. Choose new Google Doc.
3. In the Google Doc, click the More icon in the upper right corner. Tap the toggle to turn Print Layout mode on.
4. In Docs, tap at the top of the document to reveal the Header. Tap the right align icon to move the cursor to the far right, and type your last name.
5. Tap the Number Pages icon to add the page number. Each page will now include both your last name and page numbers in consecutive order.
6. The last step is to add the four-line, double-spaced heading to your first page. This includes your name, professor's name, class information and the date.
That's it! Each page will now have your last name and page number listed in the upper right corner of the paper. The video below also explains the entire process.