Just a quick little post about Google Drive. I swear I learn literally something new about all the Google "stuff" every single solitary day. How can I keep track of all of this? Oh, well, yeah I guess I can always Google it if I forget.
So, today's little nugget is about converting files to Google formats automatically. If you have ever noticed when you upload a file to Google Drive it will still have the format extension it originated in. For example, a Word document will have the extension .docx. Well, there is a way to just automatically format it to a .gdoc. You can either got to drive.google.com/settings OR you can open Google Drive and click on the gear icon in the top right corner and select settings. Once you do that, it is the second option. You simply click "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format" and from now on when you upload a document, powerpoint, spreadsheet, etc. it will convert it to an applicable Google App. Voila! Life changed!
Today I had the priveledge to learn more about Google Forms today at the Upstate Technology Conference. I have to admit I am not new to Google Forms and realistically before now I was a Survey Monkey junky. With that said, they have made Google Forms a lot more user friendly with a LOT more design control of graphics and such. I like that it is a Google product and for those who are in Greenville County, you can access this easily by clicking on your Google Menu (see picture below) in the top right hand corner of your Google screen.
I am thinking that this would be something very easy for teachers to use to create those pesky PAS-T surveys we are all TOO familiar with that students are supposed to complete for your notebook each year. I have done this in Survey Monkey and very similar to that, once all the surveys are in you have instant data, instant graphs (that are so, so colorful and look so, so pretty in your notebook). Boom!
For my primary teacher friends, I used Google Forms this year during our camping unit to send out food and supply requests to my parents. They were able to sign up for the products they wanted to send in while at the same time making everyone else aware that they had signed up for that item. This was awesome for me and maybe I am nerding out a little bit over this option, but I literally loathe sending home those little letters for school parties and what not because there is a good chance that parents never get those letter. Google Forms cuts out the middle man (in this case your sweet precious babies).
Here is the form I created for parents to sign up for things---and it was my Outer Space Unit, not camping---
Hi! My name is Allison Barton, a former elementary school teacher turned Technology Integration Specialist at Greenville High School in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been teaching for 11 years and have relied on technology during that time to excite, engage, and educate my students (both young and old). I also enjoy very much sharing my knowledge about technology with other teachers.