Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Re-Use a Google Form

I have had a few colleagues want to use a Google Form from last year, but discover they do not know how to set up a new response form.

Change the Response Destination

In Google Forms, select Responses and choose Change response destination...

You will want to create a new spreadsheet and maybe add the school year to the title.  Select Create.

But I already sent out the what?

If you already sent out the form, you may have your new responses, but they are below all of the rows you already deleted.  It may look something like this:

Not to worry, you need to remove the rows entirely!  Select the row heading (the numbers on the left).  If it is a large amount of rows, select the first row you want to delete scroll down to the last row you want to delete, hold down the Shift Key & Select that row.  The entire range of rows should be selected.  Right Click and a similar menu should appear.  Select Delete Row.

Now, your sheet should be fixed and you can Keep Calm, Click Undo!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Google Classroom: Student View Update

If you used Google Classroom last year, you are most likely familiar with the student screen.  I discovered a small change today.  The location of where students "Add" or "Create" in Google Classroom has moved.
Students select "Open" to the right of the assignment name.

Next, you will want to guide students to look below your assignment information for a similar image entitled "Your Work" and select "Add."

Students may choose to add or create.  For demonstration, I chose to "Create" a Doc.

Students will notice a Google Doc created with the assignment name and their name attached to it.  Students may open the document up to start working and they may turn in with the icon in the image or while they have their document open.

I hope this helps you out!  Remember...Keep Calm, Click Undo!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Google Forms Cheat Sheet 2016

With the August 2016 update to Google Forms, I made a cheat sheet to help us all out!  Feel free to make yourself a copy and change what you need.  Just remember my creative commons and give credit to other's work.
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I hope this helps you Keep Calm, Click Undo this school year!

Share to Classroom Extension

You can add the Share to Classroom Chrome extension to share web content to your classes in three ways:  Push to Students, Make Announcement or Create Assignment.  The one item to remember is that your students and/or co-teacher must have the extension as well in order to share content with them.

Push to Students

Found a website that you want your class to go to?  Don't want to waste time with detailed directions?  You can push the website out to your students making class more interactive and saving time.  Once you push a website out, it will appear in all active students and co-teacher in the class.

Make Announcement

Found a great resource to share out with your class?  You can make an announcement to your class as well.  For now, it appears you can only post an announcement to one class at a time, but you can save it as a draft.

Create Assignment

Similar to Make Announcement.  You can only post to one class at a time, but you can save as a draft.

To view websites that were recently shared:

The one concern I have is all of the notification I will receive when students push a website to me.  You can mute this notification!  You have to open the notifications centers and uncheck the box!

To find the notification center:
  • Chrome OS: Press ALT+SHIFT+N
  • Windows Users: In the bottom right corner of your screen, click to up arrow, then click the notification bell icon.
  • Mac Users: At the top of your screen in the menu bar, click the notification bell icon. 
Next, click settings or the gear or wheel. Lastly, uncheck the box next to Share to Classroom.

The good news:  While you have muted the notifications, you can still see the pages shared by students to you by clicking Received from Students.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Back to School Google Updates

In a day or so, you should see quite a few changes to Google.  Voice Typing allows you to type in Doc without touching the keyboard.  You will be able to find Voice Typing in the Tools menu in Docs, then tap the microphone button.  Google Voice is available for more than 40 languages.  Google already has a nice help menu for Voice Typing

Brand New Look to Forms

Google has updated the look to Forms.  They have updated their themes and you can even insert your own image.  Much like the Google Classroom update, a menu is off to the right as you can see below:

See New Changes In a File

When you leave a document and come back to it later, you will be able to select "See New Changes"  and pick up where you left off.  I think this will be a real winner for collaborative assignments or group work!
Google is also launching new templates in Docs, Sheets and Slides.  

Explore in Sheets

Explore is like having your own analysts with you.  Explore will make it easier to analyze and decipher data.  It will also create charts and insights automatically.

New Extension:  Share to Classroom

With this new extension, teacher are able to push out a specific website to students in class and it opens immediately.  From my understanding, students are able to push websites to the teacher for review and in turn can push out to the entire class.  I do like the idea of saving time while students type in a specific URL and can focus more on the content we are learning especially for my students who struggle and my English Language Learners!

Don't be too surprised with all of the updates and changes coming to you over the next few weeks.  In the end, Google wants to make our school year as smooth as possible.  Remember, Keep Calm, Click Undo!