Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Zoho Survey - A Survey Tool Packed With Features

Zoho offers a nice suite of online word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet tools. Recently, Zoho announced the launch of Zoho Survey. Zoho Survey is a feature-packed tool for creating online quizzes and surveys.

Zoho Survey allows you to mix and match 21 response formats while you're creating your surveys. Within those response formats there are additional features you may find useful. For example, you can specify a maximum number of characters entered in an open-ended response field. You will also find that you can apply "if then" logic to any response field. This means that you can ask a short answer question and send respondents to a new question based upon their responses. For example, I could ask students to enter which class they're in and send them to a set of questions just for their class. (This can also be done in Google Forms but only if you use multiple choice responses).

When you're ready to publish your Zoho Survey you can embed it into a blog post or webpage. You can also send out a link to your survey. One of the options that you can choose for your published survey is to limit responses to one per computer. Another useful option is to set a date to automatically stop allowing responses.

Zoho Survey is available to use in your web browser and as an iPad app.

You can see my sample survey here.

Monday, July 8, 2013

How to Create Placemarks and Tours in Google Earth

One of last month's most popular posts was 18 Google Earth & Maps Lessons for K-12. In response to that post I received a bunch of requests for more information about Google Earth and Google Maps including how to create placemarks and tours. I've shared these directions in the past, but it's worth sharing them again for folks who are thinking about trying a Google Earth or Google Maps-based lesson in their classrooms.

You may also find this playlist of Google Earth videos useful.

Finally, last fall Jerome Burg and Thomas Petra hosted a Google+ Hangout about using Google Earth in education. A recording of that Hangout is available here.

Your Tour - Google's Official Tour de France Virtual Tour

Over the weekend I shared a couple of resources for learning about the Tour de France. This morning Google launched their official Tour de France virtual tour resources. Your Tour features interactive tours of each stage of the race. You can choose a stage of the race and scroll through Street View imagery of that stage. While you're scrolling through stage you also see the elevation profile of the stage.

Easily Sign Documents In Your Browser or On Your Tablet

The other day I received an email from a reader who was looking for a way to digitally sign documents. My suggestion was to try Hello Sign. Hello Sign is a service that allows you to digitally sign documents. Hello Sign can be used in your web browser, on your iPhone, on your iPad, and on your Android tablet.

On your computer you can use Hello Sign to record your signature by using your mouse or by importing a picture of your signature. Then whenever you need to sign a document just upload it to Hello Sign and apply your stored signature. You can email your newly signed document directly from Hello Sign. Alternatively you can use the Hello Sign Chrome app or the Hello Sign Gmail plug-in.

On your iPhone, iPad, or Android device you can use Hello Sign by selecting a document or by taking a picture of a document. I tried it out on my iPad and was impressed by how easy it was to use. I just opened the app, logged into my Hello Sign account, and snapped a picture of a document. After the picture was captured I had the option to apply a stored signature or sign the document using my finger on my iPad's screen.

Use Bing to Find Public Domain Images

Since I started using them earlier this year Pixabay and Every Stock Photo have been my go-to resources for public domain images. This morning I learned from Tony Vincent that Bing has an option for finding public domain images. To access this setting go to Bing Images, enter your search term, then use the "license" menu to select public domain images. I've included a screenshot of the settings below.
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Applications for Education
Bing image search would probably be my third choice of places for students to search for public domain images after Pixabay and Every Stock Photo. It's my third choice because, like Google Images, the "related" images and search suggestions might not always be appropriate for classrooms.