Google Docs

Google Docs includes Google Forms – Think survey or quiz. Here’s a Step-by-Step:

1. In Google Docs, go to Create New and select Form.
2. Enter a title for your form and any explanation.
3. Type a question (or survey comment).
4. Add the type of response (multiple choice, check boxes, etc.) and response choices if needed.
5. Click Add Item  to add another question.
6. When you are done, select a Theme by clicking on the Change Theme tab at the top.
7. Save the form and then, if you want to add the form to your WordPress site, go to the File menu and  to Embed to find the embed code and copy it.
8. Return to your WordPress site and create a new post or page.
9. Click on the Text tab and paste the embed code in the text window.
10. Publish the WordPress post.
11. Wait for users to fill in the form, or better yet, send the post via email (or Subscribe2) requesting users to fill out the form.
12. You can view the submissions live as they come in (really!) or just view submissions by going to the form in Google Docs and clicking on See Responses.
13. Or here’s another idea: Tell Google Docs to send you an email whenever someone adds a new response. To add an email notification, click on the Responses tab and View Responses. On the next screen, click on the Tools tab and scroll down to Notification Rules. Select the items that meet your needs and click on Save.

Once you’ve collected your data, you can post the results in graphic form. Click here for an example of graphed survey results (but it could just as easily be the results of a student quiz): Administrator Survey Results

Here’s what a sample quiz looks like:

Now that you have watched the Khan Academy Scale of Earth and Sun video, you’re ready to take the quiz to see how close you were paying attention. Although Khan Academy provides some practice activities, having the quiz and video on your WordPress site keeps your audience focused right here. This quiz is a Google Docs form. So you will see the results in a Google Spreadsheet.

****Before you start, make sure you have the plugin Unfiltered Mu activated. This allows html code (the embed code) to be placed in your post or page. Click on Plugins in the dashboard on left when you are editing and then click on “Activate” under Unfiltered MU.****

Just when you thought you’d heard all the great reasons to have a Google account here’s one more. The easiest way we’ve found to add a slideshow to your WordPress site is by using Google’s Picasa. Here are the steps:

1. This assumes that you have taken some pictures and moved them to your computer and re-size them. If you haven’t re-sized them, look at the post below for instructions.
2. Login to your Google Account, go to the “More” menu and select Photos. Don’t see Photos? Click on “even more…” at the bottom of the list.
3. Click on “Upload” and “create a new album”.
4. Give the album a title and select anything but Private.
5. Now click Browse and select your first photo to upload. Continue until you have five photos. Click on “Start Upload”.
6. Once you’ve uploaded all your the photos in groups of five, click on “Link to this Album” at the far right and click on “Embed Slideshow”.
7. Select size “Large” and check or leave checked “AutoPlay”.
8. Copy the embed code.
9. Return to your WordPress post or page and select the HTML tab and past the embed code into the Window.
10. Select a category, preview your post or page and click on Publish.
11. If the slideshow window is too small or too large, go to the embed code in WordPress and change the width and height.

Google word processing documents can also be imbedded into WordPress. The process is very similar to other Google Docs:

1. From your Google Account, go to Create New and drag down to Document.
2. Create the content for the document. Content can include text and graphics.
3. When finished, go to the Share button in the upper-right and set the document to Public.
4. Now that the document can be shared, go to the File menu and drag down to Publish to the Web and copy the embed code.
5. Return to WordPress and create a new post or page.
6. Select the Text tab and paste the embed code into the text window.
7. To change the width and height of the document as it appears in WordPress, put the cursor right after “…embedded=true” (to the right of the second quotation mark) and type width=650 height=600 so that it now looks like this “…embedded=true” width=550 height=600>
8. Click on Publish and you’re done.

Google Docs includes Google Forms – Think survey or quiz. Here’s a Step-by-Step:

1. In Google Docs, go to Create New and select Form.
2. Enter a title for your form and any explanation.
3. Type a question (or survey comment).
4. Add the type of response (multiple choice, check boxes, etc.) and response choices if needed.
5. Click Add Item a the top to add another question.
6. When you are done, Select a Theme by clicking on the Theme button at the top.
7. Save the form and then click on More Actions to find the embed code and copy it.
8. Return to your WordPress site and create a new post or page.
9. Click on the HTML tab and paste the embed code in the text window.
10. Publish the form.
11. Wait for users to fill in the form, or better yet, send the post via email (or Subscribe2) requesting users to fill out the form.

You can view the submissions live as they come in (really!) or just view submissions by going to the form in Google Docs and clicking on See Responses.

Once you’ve collected your data, you can post the results in graphic form. Click here for an example of graphed survey results (but it could be just as easily the results of a student quiz): Administrator Survey Results

Here’s what a sample quiz looks like:

Because Google owns YouTube, adding video to a Google Presentation is equally as easy. Here’s how:

1.On the appropriate Google Presentation slide, go to the “Insert” menu and select video. By default, it opens to YouTube.
2. Find the video you want and double click on it. Resize the video as needed.
3. Now go to the Share menu’s small black triangle and drag down to Publish/Embed and select Publish. Copy the embed code.
4. Go to WordPress and your new post (or page), click on the HTML tab and paste the embed code into the page or post.

You’re done! If you want to have the window of the presentation larger or smaller, change the height and width in the embed code. To show the presentation, click on the single arrow to automate it. To move one slide at a time, click on the double arrows. To enlarge the presentation full screen, click on the enlarge icon just to the right of the “slides 1/6”:

Sharing a Google Docs presentation in your WordPress site is a snap. Here are the steps:

1 Log in to your Google account and go to the more menu and drag down to Docs.
2. If you have a PowerPoint presentation, click on the Upload button in the upper-left. Follow the prompts to upload the file. This converts the presentation to a Google presentation.
3. You can also create a Google Presentation from scratch. Google Presentations works a lot like PowerPoint. Go to the Create New menu (upper-left) and select Presentation.
4. Add slides with text and/or images as you would with PowerPoint. You’ll notice that Google Docs save automatically.
5. Once you are finished, click on the small black triangle next to Sharing in the upper-right and select Publish/Embed.
6. Select the Player Size. For most of our WordPress sites the largest size works.
7. Copy the code in the box at the bottom of the screen.
8. Go back to your WordPress site and your Dashboard. Under Posts, click on Add New (You can also add any Google Document to a WordPress Page as well.).
9. At the top of the text area click on the HTML tab.
10. Click in the text area and paste the embed code you just copied from Google Docs.
11. Click on the blue Publish button at the far right. If you have already published once, the button will say Update.
12. Click on View post to try out the presentation.

If you want to have the window of the presentation larger or smaller, change the height and width in the embed code. To show the presentation, click on the single arrow to automate it. To move one slide at a time, click on the double arrows. To enlarge the presentation full screen, click on the enlarge icon just to the right of the “slides 1/6”:

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