Investigating docAppender and other add ons to forms for tracking observations & behaviour

I am currently investigating docAppender as I work towards sitting the certified educator level 2 exam. As I have looked into this, I am intrigued by the possibility of developing an observation tracking form.

We have established a tracking table on docs for students, but this has become clumsy as more is added to it. Data requires multiple entries when multiple students are involved.

Earlier today I was considering forms as a method of tracking because at least you could sort by name etc. DocAppender however, has a possibility to send this information into multiple documents, allowing a central collection as well as an individual tracking sheet. It will be interesting to see how these can actually be used.

Anyway, brain unfrozen. I shall continue my work. Update to come.

New learning = blogging explosion

Yet more just in time learning! I wanted to create some QR code stickers for our school Ready to Read texts so I don’t have to keep fluffing searching for the audio file during the lesson, or going and putting a bookmark on each device to the text. I was going to use bit.do for short links & creating QR codes. A quick Google search & some experimenting = success!

How to create QR codes on mass  – use this. It does work. I was really suprised – but excited.

“Getting Ready:
  1. Go to: drive.google.com.
  2. Create a new spreadsheet.
  3. Label Column A “Text or URL.”
  4. Label Column B “QR Code.”
  5. Resize the columns and rows so they look like the screenshot below.
  6. Enter some text or URLs in column A.” Quoted from Google Search”

I then wanted to resize the cells so that QR codes were larger. I figured out how to do one – a bit painful, but achievable – on mass though? No. There is a shorter way.

Resize cells in Google Sheets – “Locate and click the Select All button just below the formula bar to select every cell in the spreadsheet. Hover the mouse over the line between two rows. The cursor will turn into a double arrow . Click, hold, and drag the row border to modify the height.” Quoted from Google Search. 

Gmail learning

Below are a series of screenshots representing my learning around Gmail. The clips generally originate from the Google training site. It has become much easier to make sense of since I actually started using it (as opposed to just reading about it). I am pleased that it seems to be able to do many of the things my old mail client allowed me to do. It is actually now becoming a more pleasant site to visit.

Key learning points:

  • The tasks lists that can be created here and which automatically sync across to calendars
  • Filters: this is automatically assigning labels to my incoming emails.
  • Offline Gmail – turns out that there is a separate app that you need to use
  • The configure inbox button: awesome and fairly accurate at doing some very generic initial sorting for you
  • Being able to record notes regarding contact communication within that person’s contact details
  • How to use themes.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 10.07.12 pm Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 9.32.50 pmScreen Shot 2015-05-21 at 10.00.44 pm Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 9.45.25 pm Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 9.32.43 pm    Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 8.59.54 pmScreen Shot 2015-05-21 at 9.35.16 pm