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Stop clicking, start Apps Scripting

You can code! You can extend the functionality of Google Workspace Docs, Sheets, Slides by starting Apps Scripting!
Stop clicking, start Apps Scripting

The last episode of the season for Totally Unscripted was our attempt to convince you how awesome Google Apps Script it! A low code way to get more out of your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Google Developer Experts for Google Workspace Alice Keeler and Martin Hawksey join with Googlers Kara Ireland and Charles Maxson to make the case for Apps Script! 

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Episode 10: Start Apps Scripting

YOU CAN DO THIS I SWEAR! Coding with Google Apps Script is not only doable, with AI tools such as Google Gemini you can instantly be successful! 

Google Gemini Helps Us Out

Not only can Google Gemini help you with coding your Google Apps Script, it is going to help me write this blog post. I pasted the video link into Gemini to see how it did: 

In Episode 10 of the Totally Unscripted podcast, we embarked on a journey into the often-overlooked world of Google Apps Script. This episode is your gateway to transforming your Google Workspace experience from ordinary to extraordinary.

Beyond the Basics: Unleashing the Potential of Google Workspace

We kick off the episode by addressing a common misconception: that Google Workspace is simply a suite of basic productivity tools. While Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are undeniably powerful in their own right, there’s a hidden gem lurking beneath the surface – Google Apps Script. This scripting language empowers you to automate tasks, create custom functions, and integrate different Google Workspace apps in ways you never thought possible.

Apps Script Demystified: A Beginner's Guide

One of the most valuable aspects of this episode is the beginner-friendly introduction to Apps Script. We break down the basics, explaining what it is, how it works, and why every Google Workspace user should care. 

We dispel the myth that coding is only for tech wizards, demonstrating how Apps Script is accessible to anyone with a willingness to learn.

Real-World Magic: Apps Script in Action

To truly grasp the power of Apps Script, we dive into real-world examples that showcase its transformative capabilities. Imagine automating repetitive tasks like grading assignments, generating personalized emails, or creating dynamic dashboards that pull data from multiple sources. Apps Script makes these seemingly complex tasks a breeze.

We also explore how Apps Script can streamline workflows, enhance collaboration, and personalize the learning experience for students. From creating interactive quizzes to building custom add-ons for Google Classroom, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Your Apps Script Toolkit: Getting Started

By the end of this episode, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and resources to embark on your own Apps Script journey. We provide step-by-step guidance on how to get started, where to find tutorials and resources, and how to connect with a vibrant community of Apps Script enthusiasts.

Dispelling the Myth of Coding Complexity

One of the key takeaways from our conversation was the surprising accessibility of Apps Script. I shared my experience of mastering the basics in just one hour, creating an individual sheet in Google Sheets for each student in her class. Martin, another guest, echoed this sentiment, highlighting Apps Script’s low barrier to entry for those seeking a user-friendly coding experience.

We explored the myriad ways Apps Script can revolutionize your daily routine. Imagine generating QR codes for quick access to resources, automating tasks like grading assignments or creating dynamic dashboards that consolidate information from various sources. The possibilities are endless!

Tap into a Wealth of Resources and Support

Embarking on your Apps Script journey is made easier with a vibrant community of users and a wealth of resources at your disposal. The Google Apps Script forum, Stack Overflow, and Reddit are just a few places where you can connect with fellow enthusiasts, seek help, and share your own creations. Additionally, you’ll find a plethora of sample scripts, comprehensive documentation, and informative video tutorials to guide you along the way.

Episode 10 of Totally Unscripted is your invitation to explore the limitless possibilities of Apps Script. Whether you’re a seasoned Google Workspace user or just starting your journey, this episode will ignite your passion for automation, customization, and innovation. Tune in and discover how Apps Script can revolutionize your workflow, elevate your teaching, and empower you to achieve more within the Google ecosystem.

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