Wednesday, January 4, 2023

How to Include Google Maps in Your Google Documents and Canva Documents

Canva's new documents tool has a bunch of great features that I highlighted in a video last month. One of those features is the ability to embed just about anything into the body of your document. In the demonstration that I gave last month I embedded videos and presentations. You can also embed Google Maps into the body of your Canva documents. As you can see in the video at the bottom of this post, the map is fully functional when it is embedded into the document. 

Google Documents has a feature called Smart Chips that lets you include live previews of Google Maps in the body of your document. When you use the Google Maps Smart Chip the map that you include is previewed when you hover your mouse over the word associated with the place you've mapped. Clicking through the preview lets you see a full size version of the Google Map. How to use this feature is explained in the first part of the video that is embedded below. 

Video - How to Include Google Maps in Your Documents

Applications for Education
Of the two options that I featured in the video above, the option to include maps in Canva Documents is the better one. Including interactive maps in the body of the document could be a great addition to reference materials and study guides that your students or you create for geography lessons.

How to Sort Google Sheets and Forms Entries in Reverse Chronological Order

Last week a reader reached out to me for some guidance on how to handle a Google Form that had more than one hundred submissions. He was looking for a way to quickly find the most information submitted in the most recent entries. My solution to that problem was to use Z-A sort in the Google Sheet associated with the Form. By doing that you will see the most recent entry at the top of the sheet. 

In the video that is embedded below I demonstrate how to sort Google Sheets and Forms entries in reverse chronological order

Video - How to Quickly Sort Google Sheets in Reverse Chronological Order

Applications for Education
Sorting the Google Sheet attached to a Google Form is something that I've done for years. I do that so when I have students completing something like a practice quiz over the course of a week I can quickly find the latest submission and review it with a student without having to constantly scroll to the bottom of the sheet.

Learn much more about Google Forms in this playlist of 40 Google Forms tutorials videos.

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