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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Improved Management of Google Drive File Uploads

One of the things that I like about Google Drive is that I can upload and store just about any file in my account. Additionally, I appreciate that I can have Word files automatically converted to Google Docs format. That feature is great when I'm working with someone who insists on using Word because they can send me their files and I can quickly convert them to the format that works for me. Then I download it and send it back. The snag that can occur with this process is when I receive a new version of the original file because until now Google Drive would store both copies.

Yesterday, Google released a new Google Drive feature that will automatically replace the old file with the most recently upload version. The original upload will be moved to revisions and the updated version will be the one that you see in your Google Drive. Of course, if you prefer to have multiple copies, you can still keep both files by simply selecting "keep as separate file" when you upload new versions.

Watch my video embedded below to learn how to enable automatic conversion of Word files that are uploaded to Google Drive.

How to Conduct a Reverse Image Search

Tineye is a free tool that helps you conduct reverse image searches. In a reverse image search you're searching for the places where an image has been posted online. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to conduct a reverse image search.


Applications for Education
Conducting a reverse can be a good way for students to discover information about an object or location featured in a picture. As demonstrated above, when the image is located through Tineye students can click through to the source to see how the image was used and what was written about the image.

Conducting a reverse image search can provide students with a good lesson on digital footprints. Have them conduct a reverse image search for images they have posted online and then count the number of places where that image has appeared.

How to Accept Multiple Correct Responses on Google Forms Quizzes

The Flubaroo Add-on for Google Sheets is a powerful tool for quickly grading multiple choice and short answer quizzes created with Google Forms. Flubaroo has been around for years and almost every week people ask me questions about how to use it. One of the things that I'm frequently asked about is the possibility to accept more than one response to an open-ended response question. You can accept multiple correct responses. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to accept multiple correct responses and have them graded for you with the Flubaroo Add-on for Google Sheets.


Read this article for an explanation of how using Flubaroo is different from using the quizzes feature in Google Forms.