Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
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Even More Google Updates to Make Teaching Easier
Smarter Google Forms
Forms has been around since 2008, and since then, Google has been able to study the question patterns that all of its users have created. Using that information is how Forms can now predict the question type you're asking. For example, if you're asking about the best days of the week to host a meeting, Forms will automatically change the question type to Check boxes, presuming that's what you'd select. Other question types appear for various questions as well, so this is a valuable addition!
File Upload Question Type
If you've ever given a quiz using Forms, you know how cumbersome asking an essay-type question is. This especially rings true when you go to grade it since the tiny cell of the Sheet expands and can be kind of hard to read. But, Google has now taken care of that issue with the option for a "File Upload" type of question. What this allows students to do is type their essay on a Doc, or upload an image from their computer and submit it as the answer to that question. Then, the teacher is able to see the link to the file from the Sheet of responses, along with the other answers. This has the potential to be a really beneficial resource for teachers and students.
Custom Templates in Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms
Several Available Templates
Google Docs: Resumes (Four different templates), Letters (Business, Informal), Education (Essay in MLA Format, Class Notes, Lesson Plan), Work (Proposal, Meeting Notes, Brochure)
Google Sheets: Personal (To-Do List, Budget, Planner), Work (Time Sheet, Budget), Education (Grade Book, Attendance)
Google Slides: Education (Book Report, Student Certificate), Work (Proposal, Profile), Personal (Photo Album, Recipe Book)
Google Forms: Education (Exit Ticket, Assessment, Course Evaluation) , Personal (Contact Information, RSVP, T-Shirt Sign Up), Work (Event Feedback, Order Form, Time Off Request)