Tuesday, January 10, 2023

How to Remove Google Forms Add-ons

Last week my Android notified me that I had 22 apps that I hadn't used in the last 30 days. I took that as a good reminder to do an audit of all the things connected to my Google account and disable or uninstall the apps, extensions, and add-ons that I no longer use. That process included removing some Google Forms add-ons as well as some Google Slides add-ons. 

If it has been a while since you last did an audit of the add-ons connected to your Google Workspace products, now's a good time to do that. When you find something that you no longer need, remove it. This short video shows you how to remove add-ons from Google Forms. The process is almost identical for Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. 

Video - How to Remove Google Forms Add-ons

On a related note, if you have Chrome extensions installed that you no longer need, watch this video to learn how to remove them.

Video - How to Manage Your Chrome Extensions

Applications for Education
Doing an audit of the third-party tools connected to your Google account is a good digital citizenship habit to teach to students. Guide them through the process and explain to them that the fewer third-party services you have connected to your account, the fewer opportunities there are for your account to be compromised.

Ask Two EdTech Guys

At the end of 2022 Rushton Hurley and I brought the curtain down on our series of live webinars titled Two EdTech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff. The archive of the shows lives on right here. And if you can't get enough of our friendly faces and banter, we're bringing the series back in a new format! But we need your questions to make it go. 

If you have an educational technology question that is burning in your brain, we'd love to answer it for you. To submit your question please fill out the short form that's listed here and is also embedded below. 

Create a Snowman Word Game

Earlier today when I picked up my daughter from preschool she proudly showed me the snowman artwork that she had made during art class. A picture of her artwork is the featured image of this blog post. 

Seeing my daughter's snowman art reminded me of the snowman word game template offered by Flippity. Flippity's Snowman word game is a game in which students have to correctly guess the letters of a word in order to prevent their snowmen from melting. The template lets you make your own variation on the game with words and hints of your choosing. Your game can be shared with students via its assigned URL. Students don't need accounts in order to play the games that you create. Here's an overview of how to create your own online word games by using Flippity's Snowman template

Monday, January 9, 2023

Students Can Create Their Own Video Games With Construct 3

Construct 3 is a video game creation platform that students can use to develop their own games. The games students can create with Construct 3 aren't simple quiz-based games like many other platforms offer. Instead Construct 3 offers students an opportunity to create games that might remind you of some classic video games like Mario Brothers, Zelda, or Space Invaders.

Construct 3 uses a visual programming language and a drag-and-drop interface. Students don't need to have prior programming knowledge in order to create a game with Construct 3. That's partly due to the nature of the Construct 3's game development environment and partly due to the excellent tutorial that students are guided through the first time they try Construct 3. Construct 3 also offers many game templates that students can copy and modify to suit their needs.

Games that students create on Construct 3 can be played online and can be played offline. Likewise, the Construct 3 game development environment can be used online or offline.
Applications for Education
Beyond the obvious fun factor of students making their own games, there are a couple of aspects of Construct 3 that make it appealing for classroom use. First, the visual drag-and-drop nature of Construct 3 makes it accessible to students who don't have prior programming experience. Creating a game can be a could introduction to some important programming and game development concepts. Second, for students who do have some prior programming experience, Construct 3 does include options for development via Javascript while still being able to refer back to the comfort of a block interface.

How to Convert Google Forms into Microsoft Forms

Yesterday I published separate collections of tutorials for using Google Forms and for using Microsoft Forms. But what if you are transitioning from a Google Workspace environment to an Office 365 environment and don't want to recreate all of your forms from scratch? There is a solution to that problem. 

In the new video that I have embedded below you can see how to convert a Google Form into a Microsoft Form. As you'll see in the video, the process isn't perfect but it beats the heck out of having to re-create everything from scratch. 

Video - How to Convert Google Forms Into Microsoft Forms

Couldn't watch the video? No problem. Here are the highlights:
  1. Use the print menu in Google Forms to create a PDF of your form.
  2. Save the PDF to your desktop. 
  3. Open Microsoft Forms.
  4. Use the import PDF option in Microsoft Forms. 
  5. Edit any formatting errors that Microsoft Forms made when converting your PDF.