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Google Drive - Changes Happening In the Search Bar

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This is just changing in my accounts today.  This could help making searching your Google Drive more productive than a general search.  It definitely points out that there is an Advanced Search available to use - which in many cases definitely helps you search better.

For me, through the last couple checks, it has moved from this:

to this:

to this:


Google Forms - Adding Images to your Questions

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Adding images to a form can be useful in several ways. Maybe your form is a math quiz having students identify the correct graph.  Maybe it is having students identify particular body parts.  Or maybe you are working with non-readers so are creating an image-based form.  Regardless of why, it is very easy to add images into your form.

This post has how to add images to your questions.  Here is the post on how to add images to your form.  If you prefer a short video, here is one that shows How to Add a Picture to Your Form Questions.

To insert an image into a question title:

Click on the question that you want the image to appear BELOW.  Then click on the image icon in that appears on the right-hand side-

The Insert Image window will pop-up (similar to what it is with other Google Tools).  You have 6 options:
Upload - an image from your deviceTake a snapshot - using the web camBy URL - paste in the URL of the pictureYour albums - from your Google Albums (if pictures are stored there)Go…

2019 MACUL Conference Tipsheet #1 - Food Tips & Special Events

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(This is 1 in a series of 4 to help you get ready and excited about going to this year's conference.)
Yes, you are attending the conference for all the great learning and networking.  However, eating is still a necessity and it is important to know where to find food while in Detroit...especially food that you can get quickly, without waiting in long lines!  Here are some tips and hints for dealing with that while at Cobo, along with some special events you should know about: Staying Hydrated: make sure you stay hydrated!there are several fountains and water coolers provided throughout the venue to get water - bring along a refillable cup/mug and keep filling it all day instead of purchasing expensive bottles of waterFood at Cobo: there are several food vendors right in COBO; some tips about these:there will be around 4000 attendees AND hundreds of additional vendors at the venue, and everyone will be taking about the same meal breaks - either pick up food at odd times or plan on wa…

Michigan History Center - Free screening of film The Sentence

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From the Michigan History Center - 
Award-winning documentary film, The Sentence, returns to Lansing on Sunday, Mar. 3Free screening and discussion at the Michigan History Center at 1 p.m.The Sentence explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing through the story of Cindy Shank, a mother of three young children serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement in a Michigan drug ring years before. A lyrical, intimate story documented over 10 years by Cindy's younger brother, filmmaker Rudy Valdez, The Sentence follows Cindy’s struggles to be present in her children's lives from behind bars and her daughters' experiences growing up without their mother at home, while her husband, parents and siblings fight for her release before the last months of the Obama administration's Clemency Project. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Audience Awar…

Google Forms - Modifying an Image Inserted Into Form

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In yesterday's post,  we saw it is very easy to add images into your form. Once an image is added, though, you might want to modify it, or even change the image.  Today's post will focus on the variety of ways you can modify your image after it has been inserted into your form.

Here is a link to yesterday's post on inserting the image.  Tomorrow's will demonstrate how to add images to your questions.  If you prefer a short video, here is one that shows How to Modify an Image in Your Form.

To modify an inserted image:

Click on the question containing the image.  Once you are in edit mode on the question, there are several items at the top:

Area for the image titleMore options menu (3 stacked dots)Icons for duplicating and trashing the image similar to other questions

When you click on the More options menu, you have a few more options:

Set the alignment for the image within your formYou can change the image if you want a different one (more on this below)You can also Rem…

Google Forms - Insert an Image Into Your Form

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Adding images to a form can be useful in several ways. Maybe your form is a quiz over a labeled diagram (image) from class.  Maybe it is adding to your brand on the quiz.  Or maybe you are working with non-readers so are creating an image-based form.  Regardless of why, it is very easy to add images into your form. 

This post has how to add a general image to your form.  Tomorrow's will have how to add images to your questions.  If you prefer a short video, here is one that shows How to Add a Picture to Your Form.

To insert an image:

Click on the question that you want the image to appear BELOW.  Then click on the image icon in the sliding toolbar on the right side-

The Insert Image window will pop-up (similar to what it is with other Google Tools).  You have 6 options:

Upload - an image from your deviceTake a snapshot - using the web camBy URL - paste in the URL of the pictureYour albums - from your Google Albums (if pictures are stored there)Google Drive - from a folder in your …

Google Forms - Require a Question to Be Answered

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Sometimes your forms have questions that you want the person completing it to answer.  In fact, you don't want them to be able to submit the form without answer that question (or questions).  It is very easy to require any of your questions to be answered prior to submission!

If you prefer a short video, here is one on both creating a new question and requiring it to be answered.

To require a question be answered:

While in edit mode of your form, click on the question so it is also in edit mode. Look for the Required option in the lower right of the question -

Click on the slider to make the question required (the slider will change to a color in your theme)-

When you are not editing the question, a red asterisk will be displayed next to the question showing it is a required question -


Google Forms - Moving Questions Around

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Any of us who remember the OLD Google Forms will remember our biggest complaint when working with a longer form...all new questions were added to the bottom, and moving questions around (especially from the bottom to the top of the form) was a HUGE pain that took a LOT of time!  One of the most intuitive improvements to the current version of G Forms, in my opinion.

If you prefer a short video, here is one on both duplicating questions AND moving themDuplicating questions is in a separate blog post.

To move a question -
Look for the double stacked dots at the top of the question you wish to move.  For the question that is in edit mode, they are visible.  For the other questions, they show up when you mouse over the question.

When you place your mouse over these, the cursor will change to a 4 way arrow.  You can then click and hold on the dots then drag the question to where you want it within your form -

Google Forms - Duplicating Questions

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There are times when you have to use similar questions on a form.  Instead of retyping a majority of the same information, the better solution is to duplicate the question and then edit the new question. 

If you prefer a short video, here is one on both duplicating questions AND moving them.  Moving questions is in a separate blog post.

To duplicate a question -

Click on the question you want to duplicate so it is in edit mode. Look for the icons at the bottom right of the question.  Click on the duplicate icon (it looks like 2 pieces of stacked paper) - 

Your question will be duplicated and put immediately below the original question.  You are able to edit the parts that need to be changed as needed -

That's it!  This works for any question type.

Google Forms - Question Types part I

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There are a variety of types of questions that can be used on a Google Form.  Sometimes it is hard to know which one is best, even with the Google "smarts" trying to pick the right one for you based on what you type.  I am creating several posts that provide a run down of the (current) types of questions you can set up, along with some of the small differences between the types. 

First up is the Multiple choice, Checkboxes, and Dropdown options. Second will be the Short answer and Paragraph options. Third will be the Linear grid, Multiple choice grid and Checkbox grid. Forth will be Date and Time. Last will be the file upload. 

The Multiple choice, checkbox and dropdown question types are all similar to each other.  There are some small differences that make each one advantageous in different situations. 


First up - Multiple choice.  You don't even have to select this one, as it is the default question -


Once you have typed in your question and possible choices, you may…