Power of Publishing: Publish those Google Apps!

One great feature of Google Apps that I don’t think is very well-known is how you can publish pretty much any of them to the web. When you do this, you get a new URL as well as an html embed code. Both of these things are very useful.

When you publish a google app, it:

  • It is somewhat like a copy of the app
  • It is like a view-only version
  • It takes away most functionality, only leaving the content to view
  • It updates every 5 minutes if you change the original
  • It creates a new url for you to share (no “share” function like regular apps)
  • It creates an html embed code

There are many advantages to publishing including:

  • Not having to worry about sharing settings.
  • Getting your content out to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. (Sometimes you can overload a doc or other app if too many people are trying to view it at once.)
  • Inserting your content inside something else like an LMS or blog or website
  • Taking away all Google apps bells and whistles. (This is sometimes positive for those who only need content and might be confused by functionality)

Want to learn more? Check out my presentation here. You could also register for the EdTech Team Google Education Summit this January 30th and 31st where I’ll be presenting. 

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Author: karinhogen

I teach middle school language arts and run an Edtech company, DocentEDU, on the side. Every day is an adventure in my classroom with technology!

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