Saturday, May 16, 2015

Come see me!

Hey, everybody! I'm at the Texas Google Summit at Porter High School right now! Are you here? If so, check me out in room C108 during session 4, 12:45 to 1:35. If you can't be here, come back to this site later today and I should have a YouTube link for you with a screencast of today's presentation. Have a good TxGoo, everyone.

Doh! I forgot to screencast my presentation, guys. Sorry. Click "Teaching with Google" at the top of the page to see the website I made for today's presentation.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Our Favorite Add-Ons: Choice Eliminator for Google Forms

 Hello, again. Today I want to spend just a few minutes telling you about one of my new favorite Google Drive Add-Ons: Choice Eliminator for Google Forms, a neat add-on from the folks over at Ed Listen. I'll give you a pretty basic how-to on using it, but for an even better tutorial, check out this video from Google Apps Certified Administrator and Google Education Trainer, +Brian Gray
Step 1 - Create Your Form
If you're ready to use Choice Eliminator, then I'd like to think that you already know how to create a form. If not, take a minute and check out my tutorial on how to make a parent sign-in form for open house. 

Got it? Okay, so next...

Step 2 - Add Your Question
Add a multiple choice question. Go ahead and fill in all the slots (answers) now.

I suggest putting a warning about disappearing answer choices in the Help Text.

Step 3 - Install and Start Up Choice Eliminator
If you haven't already added Choice Eliminator to Forms, you can do that right now. Just click "Add-ons" and then "Get Add-ons..." Once you've got it installed, click "Choice Eliminator" and "Start."

From there, choose the question for which you want to eliminate choices. Check the box for "Eliminate Choices" and then click "Choice Options."

Step 4 - Set Numbers
Next, you set your numbers you want for each choice. Note that if you save and then do it again, everything goes back to one. I don't know what the maximum is, but for choices that I don't want to go away, I just set it to 99.

And that's it. You can go check out your form. To test it, I like to make one fake answer and set it to a limit of one. Go fill out your form yourself and choose that choice, then do it again. This time, the choice still shows up until you click it. When you do, a box appears around the choices in a different color with that choice no longer available. 

So far, I've used this to schedule book talks for my dual credit history students, and it's worked just about perfectly. The only issue I've found is when a student chooses the wrong choice, there is no way for you to go back and fix it without resetting all the numbers. Otherwise, this is a pretty awesome tool. It's definitely much more user-friendly that Google Calendar's appointment slots and can also be used with a regular Google account (appointment slots is only available on Edu and Enterprise accounts).

Thanks for reading. Please leave a comment if you have any questions, or hit me up on Twitter @TechChandler.