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Google Docs: Not Research Tool… Explore!

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Use the Explore Tool to Research

Google announced several updates yesterday. One is that Google Apps will now be known as G Suite. If you have been a Google Sheets user, the Explore tool in Google Sheets now comes to Docs and Slides. Like in Sheets, the Explore tool can be found in the bottom-right by clicking on the icon of a star in a conversation box.

Explore icon in Google Docs

Research Tool

The Explore tool in Google Docs replaces the research pane. The Tools menu no longer says “Research,” but rather “Explore.”
Explore in the tools menu

Ask Questions

The Explore tool does not change the functionality of being able to search within a Google Doc. One way that I share about what makes a modern lesson plan is that we teach like Google exists. Instead of telling students information they can look up, ask them questions instead. Students can use the Explore tool to answer questions.

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