Learning moment for me yesterday. It all started with this text message on my phone: “I figured out how to print comments from a google doc and I am crying tears of joy”. This came from one of our Humanities teachers, Steph Nichols. Of course, we connected to talk through the process that she discovered.
The Back Story
Every year, some of our teachers have to submit Internal Assessments for IB in order for our IB students to be assessed. In many cases, the IB program needs to see evidence of the feedback that the teacher has provided the student on their internal assessment. Our students and teachers use Google docs with the commenting feature. BUT, one of the major issues with printing a google doc is that you can’t print comments with it.
Well, obviously this is not helpful. I asked Steph Nichols what she has done in the past. She indicated she would:
Print the Google Doc
Re-hand write the comments that were already provided on the google doc
Scan the document with written annotations and send to self to add in Google Drive
equatIO can be a good tool to get your mathematical thinking down electronically. equatIO is part of a bigger suite of tools from texthelp. There slogan relates to helping make math digital. Whether you are a teacher who uses the tool to create content for students or you have students that use the tool to demonstrate competency or submit mathematical papers, feel free to take a look at this resource that I have put together. Good Things to Know About equatIO
For our final day of 10 Days of Google, we are going ‘back to basics’ with Google Docs. We are at a point now where not a day that goes by that we don’t open up a Google Document. Well, here are three tips that can help enhance the look of your documents.
Location of Images
Do you ever find that when you add an image to a Google Doc, it does not go where you want it to go OR you find that you can’t have it exactly in the spot that you want it? Well, have no fear! The default for all images that are added to a Google Doc is set to ‘inline’. You must make the change to allow more freedom for the image to move anywhere in the document.
Word clouds have been around for some time. They can be great to help share a message or get a point across in a visual format. There is an add-on with Google Docs that helps users create a Word Cloud with their content.
For those who do not know much about word clouds, they are created based on the most commonly used words. The more often a word is used, the larger the word gets.
On day eleven of Google, we are going to look at how you can change your default text in Google Docs. To be honest, I didn’t know that you could actually change the default setting to Google Doc until recently. I always manually changed the text to what I wanted it to be. Never thought that I could tell Google what I want it to be when I open up a document.
Google has determined that Arial size 11 font is the default font and size. For some people, this does not necessary work. For instance, if you are required to use MLA format, I believe the text has to be size 12. Students would then have to manually go to the top and change the font to 12.
If you find that you want to change the default of the font text and size, follow these steps: (NOTE: this will change the default to all Google Docs that you create moving forward. If you find that you don’t like the default that you set, you can make the change again.)
Changing Default Setting
Determine what font you want to make default
Determine the size you want to make default
Select the Normal Text, and choose Normal Text drop down – choose ‘Update Normal Text to Match’
Select Normal Text, then Options, save as my default settings