Thursday, July 15, 2021

Getting Started With Google Forms - The Basics and More

All week I've been releasing new video tutorials designed to help new Google Workspace users get started with the basics and a little more. The first installments in the series covered Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides. You can see those tutorials here and here. This morning I published a tutorial on Google Forms for beginners. 

How to Create and Give Quizzes via Google Forms covers everything you need to know to create your first quiz, share it with your students, and review your students' responses. The video also shows a student's perspective of taking a quiz via Google Forms and Classroom. 



Once you've got a handle on the basics of using Google Forms to create a quiz, you'll probably want to learn more. Here are some additional Google Forms tutorials to help you.

Score Quizzes That Have More Than One Correct Answer



How to Require Complete Sentences



How to Combine Google Forms



How to Create QR Codes for Google Forms

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Whimsical - A Good Tool for Collaborative Diagram Creation

Whimsical is a good tool for creating flowcharts, mind maps, Venn diagrams, and a variety of other charts and diagrams. As we've come to expect with any tool like it, Whimsical is a collaborative tool. You can invite people to collaborate with you to edit your work or to simply comment on it to provide feedback. Charts and diagrams created on Whimsical can be published as simple webpages, kept private, or exported as a PNG (image file) or as a PDF. 

To create a flowchart or mind map on Whimsical you can start with a template or create from scratch. Either way you can customize every element of your chart by using the editing tools that appear on the left-hand side of the Whimsical editor. You can quickly select shapes and lines to connect in your diagram. Text can be written on any shape that you add to your diagram. And you can even add emojis into the shapes that you use in your diagram. 


Applications for Education
As is demonstrated in my screenshot above, Whimsical could be a good tool for students to use to create illustrations of government processes like how a bill becomes law in the United States. Another use for Whimsical is to have students outline the progression of a story. Whimsical might also be used by computer science students to create wireframes and user-experience maps.

Getting Started With Google Slides - The Basics and More

This week I'm releasing a series of videos intended to help new Google Workspace users. Yesterday, I published videos on getting started with Google Drive and Google Docs. Today's videos are all about Google Slides. 

Google Slides for Beginners shows viewers eight key aspects of Google Slides that they need to know. Those aspects are outlined below:

➡Three ways to access Google Slides
➡How to alter slide layouts.
➡How to add and edit images
➡How to add and edit videos
➡How to add and edit audio
➡Using speaker notes
➡Adding captions to presentations
➡How to publish slides



Once you've learned the basics of using Google Slides you'll probably want to know more about how to use it. That's why I created Ten Things You Need to Know About Using Video in Google Slides and Five Things You Need to Know About Using Audio in Google Slides. Both videos are embedded below.



Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Glide 2.0 - New Layouts, Actions, and Sound Effects

Glide is a great tool for quickly creating your own mobile apps from Google Sheets. I've been using it and recommending it for the last couple of years. In fact, I featured it in the last session of the Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp

Recently, Glide introduced version 2.0. The latest version of Glide introduced some new layout options including a layout optimized for tablet display and a new swipe layout. There's also a new option to connect multiple steps within an application which reduces the number of screens a user has to clicks/ tap through to accomplish a task. But from my perspective the most interesting update in Glide 2.0 is support for audio. 

An overview of the new features in Glide is provided in this video



Applications for Education
One of the most common ways to use Glide is to create an app that houses review materials for students. Another common use is to create a directory app. You can use Glide to create a staff directory app that includes not only the basic contact information for staff members but also is a place where students and parents can find teachers' websites and supply/ materials lists. You might also add teaching or course schedules to the directory app.

Getting Started With Google Drive and Google Docs - Everything You Need to Know

This week I'm releasing a series of videos designed for new Google Workspace users. All of the videos will be published on my YouTube channel throughout this week and next week. 

The first videos in the series is Getting Started With Google Drive - Settings and Uploads. This video explains how to adjust the display of your Google Drive dashboard, how to upload files into your Google Drive, and how to convert Word files into Google Docs format. 



Creating and Sharing Google Drive Folders is the follow-up to the first video in the series. In this video you'll learn how to create folders, how to share folders, how to import folders, how to add and remove files from your folders, and how to organize folders in Google Drive.



After setting up Google Drive you're ready to start creating Google Documents. In the third video in the series you'll learn everything you need to know to create your first Google Documents. The video covers all of the following points:

➡Three ways to access Google Documents.
➡How to change Google Documents fonts.
➡How to add images to Google Docs.
➡To to conduct a Google search within Google Docs.
➡An easy way to create footnotes in Google Documents.
➡How to share Google Documents.
➡How to publish Google Documents.
➡How to download Google Documents.



For more Google Docs tips visit 21 Docs Features You Need to Know.