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Computer Literacy Course

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Week 5: Google Forms

About Google Form

Creating an online form, be it a poll, a survey, a questionnaire, or a quiz, is now easy and free with Google Forms, one of the applications provided by Google in its Google Suite. By using Google Forms, users can also easily select the types of questions ranging from multiple choice, checkboxes, dropdown, to linear scale questions. Users can send their forms online by sharing the link to their forms, and reach many people without having too much trouble. Beside that, users will also get immediate results from Google Forms in the form of spreadsheet. Users can also get the data summaries from Form in the form of charts. Also, just like Google Slides, and Google Docs, Google Forms allow the users to collaborate with other people to build the polls, surveys, questionnaires, or quizzes. Thus, collaborate with other people will be just a click away.

Watch this following video to give you general overview of and to make you understand more of what Google Forms are. Google recently updated its Google Forms in 2016, and here is the overview of the new Google Forms.

Why people choose to use Google Forms

There are many other survey and form-making tools available online on the internet such as SurveyMonkey, SurveyLegend, Micropoll, and Polldaddy. Each of these online survey and form-making tools has their own advantages and disadvantages, but we will focus on the advantages of Google Forms. Here are some of the reasons why people choose to use Google Forms:

    1. Users can create unlimited free forms in Google Forms, while many other survey tools usually offer a certain amount of free polls or survey before they offer the users with the paid services. Google allows its users to create as many polls and surveys as possible, or until the Google Drive storage is full, which will take a long time for some users.
    2. Google Forms provide users with variety of types of forms with various types of questions as it has been mentioned previously. It also provides various themes that users can choose. Users can even upload their own images for the background.
    3. screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-4-03-18-amUsers can get the result directly send to their Google Drive in the form of shareable spreadsheet. They can then get analysis or data summaries from Google Forms in the form of charts. They can also analyze the data further using Google Sheets or other software.
    4. If the users need to collaborate with other people, or their work encourage them to collaborate with co-workers, they will love Google Forms because it allows its users to share both the editing of the forms and the results with as many people as they like. All collaborators are able to view at the same time, to edit at the same time, and to see other people’s edit as they make them.
    5. Google Forms also provide logic threading, which means that users can change how the survey goes based on the answers from the participants. For example, a survey on Web 2.0 tools will go to two different sets of questions based on the answer of the first question on whether or not they like Web 2.0 tools. If the participants choose yes, then the questions will continue to the session asking Web 2.0 tools that they like and why they like them; whereas, if the answer is no then the next question will be why they do not like Web 2.0 tools. Here is the sample questionnaire.
    6. Google Forms are mobile-friendly, which means that the forms created using Google Forms are able to be used with any simple browser on any device. This feature makes Google Forms good for polling in a meeting or a conference.

How to create a form with Google Forms

In order to create a form, you can go to Google Drive and then click on New, more and choose Google Forms, or you can go to this link and click on go to Google Forms, and then create a blank form or choose one of the templates.

Once you are on Google Forms page, you can add the title of your form and add questions. However, before you add questions to your form, you can choose the theme for your form.

For a complete tutorial of how to create forms with Google Forms, please watch this following video:

You can also read the tutorial to Create a Survey using Google Forms.

Your Third Assignment:

Now, let’s learn to create a form together:

  1. In order to familiarize you with Google Forms, your first task is to fill out this following questionnaire entitled Computer Literacy Online List of Contacts. As the title suggests, the questionnaire is meant to collect the data from the students of Computer Literacy (Online) Course.
  2. For your next task, fill out this following questionnaire. This questionnaire provide an example of how the logic threading works in Google Forms.
  3. Once you are familiar with Google Forms, your next task is to create your own form.
  4. Add at least 3 questions to your form. You can choose the types of questions based on your needs. You can also set some questions as required questions which make users cannot move to the next questions without answering the questions.
  5. Once you have finished adding your questions, change the setting of the form, and make sure that anyone can fill out the form without having to log in to their Google account.
  6. Sent your presentation to at least 5 of your friends, and ask them to fill out the form. You can send the form via email, send the link to your form to your friends, or embed the form on your blog.
  7. check the results of your form on your Google Drive (the spreadsheet result).
  8. Once you have received your results, go to your blog and write a reflection based on your experience in creating and sending the form using Google Forms. Your reflection should include:
    1. Your thoughts on Google Forms and how to create a form with it.
    2. The things you like from Google Forms and the most favorite feature of Google Forms.
    3. The things you don’t like from Google Forms.
    4. Your embedded form.
    5. The results of your form.
    6. Your thoughts on applying Google Forms for your learning and for teaching.

Good luck and enjoy the ride 🙂

Week 2: Google Slides & Prezi

What is Google Slides?

Google Slides is an online presentation program, which is a part of free web-based office suite software offered by Google in its Google Drive service. Thus, if you have a Google account, you can directly access it through your Google account. Beside Google Slides, there are other programs available within this web-based office suite software namely Google Docs and Google Sheets, but we are not going to discuss about them right now.

Watch this following video to give you general overview of and to make you understand more of what Google Slides is.

The interface of Google Slides is similar to PowerPoint Presentation, but creating your presentation using Google Slides enables you to access your presentation anywhere and at any time as long as you have the tools such as a computer, a Laptop, a smartphone, or a tablet, and an internet connection. So, you don’t have to carry around your flash drive with you. Google slides also enables you to collaborate with your friends anywhere at any time. Google Slides is also compatible with PowerPoint presentation, so that you can upload your existing PowerPoint presentation to Google Slides and edit it on Google Slides anywhere, or you can also download your presentation you have created on Google Slides and present it offline using PowerPoint. Additionally, Google Slides will keep your revision history which allows you to access any version of the presentation you make, and also keep a record of who have made the revision if you are collaborating with other people. Finally, you can also convert Google Slides to different formats such as PowerPoint presentation or PDF

What is Prezi?

Prezi is also a cloud-based presentation tools, which is also similar to other presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint and Google slides. However, it offers some unique features that make Prezi a good alternative to that other presentation software. It allows users to zoom in and out their presentation media.

Prezi was officially established in April 2009 by co-founders Peter Arvai, Peter Halacsy, and Adam Somlai-Fischer. According to prezi.com, they are now support over 75 million users, and Prezi users have created over 260 million prezis, and still counting.

This What is Prezi? video may help you understand what Prezi is:


Here is an example of prezi by Prezi Training to help you understand Prezi more. Play the prezi by clicking on the arrows:

Why Google Slides?

As it has been mentioned on the previous section above, the interface of Google Slides is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, but Google slides has some features that make it different. One of these features is users’ ability to access the presentation anywhere and anytime as long as the users have an internet connection and the device such as smartphone, a laptop, or a desktop to access the presentation. Another feature is users’ ability to collaborate online with other users even though they are far away from each other. For example, a person in Indonesia can collaborate with a person in the US to create a presentation through this tool. Check this following link to read other features of Google Slides which make it different from PowerPoint.

5 reasons to replace PowerPoint with Google Slides

You can also read more about Google Slides here:

About Google Slides

Why Prezi?

It has also been mentioned previously that Prezi is also a presentation tool similar to Google Slides. However, there are some features of Prezi that make more and more people turn to Prezi nowadays. Prezi offers non-linearity in its presentation meaning that by using Prezi people can show the connection among points in the presentation vividly which make the presentation easier to understand. In other words, Prezi enables audiences to see the bigger picture of what the presenter is presenting. Moreover, Prezi is also a cloud-based tool which enables its users to access their presentation online anywhere and anytime as long as there is an internet connection and a gadget to access it. Prezi users can also download their Prezi (limited to certain types of account) so that they can access their Prezis offline. Read more about why to use Prezi than other presentation tools in these following sites:

Your Second Assignment

Now, let’s learn to create some awesome presentations together.

First of all, learn to create a presentation on Google Slides. In order to create your own Google Slides, you need to have a Google account. Once you have an account, you can go to your Google account (through your email or your Google Drive) and choose create a new presentation. I would like you to collaborate with your two classmates so that you can learn how Google Slides enable you to collaborate with other people even when you are far apart. Use your existing Google account that you use to create a new blog on blogger.com, so you do not need to create a new Google account. Together with your classmates (two of them), create a presentation together through online collaboration (each person will be on his/her own computer) using your own topic. Before you begin creating your presentation on Google Slides, it may be helpful to access the following resources:

On your Google Slides presentation, be sure that you have explanation (texts), a picture, and a video. Work also on transition and animation that you have learned from the tutorials above. After you finish creating the presentation, later on you will share the link to your presentation on your reflection that you will write on your blog (your second reflection).

Next, learn to create a presentation with Prezi. First, you need to create a Prezi account for students on prezi.com. This time you will create our own Prezi but you can use the same topic. Once you finish creating your prezi, you will also share the prezi that you have created on your blog post for your second reflection. Take a look at these following resources before you create your own Prezi:

After you have created these two presentations, go to your blog and write a reflection based on your experience in learning to create and in creating the presentations using Google Slides and Prezi. Your reflection may include:

  1. What you think about Google Slides and how to create a presentation with it.
  2. What you like and what you don’t like about Google Slides
  3. The link to your presentation that you have created collaboratively with your two classmates.
  4. What you think about Prezi and how to create a presentation with it.
  5. What you like and what you don’t like about Prezi.
  6. Embed the presentation that you have created with Prezi.
  7. Which presentation tool you like better (Google Slides or Prezi) and the reasons why you like it more.
  8. Your thoughts on why we should use Google Slides and Prezi for learning and for teaching.

Good luck everyone and enjoy your journey 🙂

Week 1: Creating a Blog

What is a blog?

A blog is originally created from the word Web Log. It is a Web page that contains people’s thoughts, ideas, experiences, and many more. Blogs was first introduced in 1998 with only a few dozens in appearance on the Web, but there are over 152 millions of blogs are in existence nowadays. There are many reasons why blogs have become so popular nowadays and one of the reasons is the simplicity of publishing them, in that there is no need for the author to know HTML (HyperText Markup Language), and there are free blog automated publishing tools such as Blogger and WordPress, that make it easy for anyone to create a blog.

What do people use blogs for?

Formerly, blogs are regarded as personal online journals where individuals can compile links and add comments to that links to provide information that interest them. Blogs consist of discrete entries (posts) typically displayed in reverse chronological order in that the most recent post appears at the top of the blog. Recently, however, blogging culture has grown to include political campaigns, institutions such as libraries, museums, and virtually any entity that wants to create a community of interest around particular topics. Blogs are also a good way to uncover news that the regular media cannot or will not cover; and have encouraged the trend of “citizen journalism.” Blogs, then, can be authored by one person or a team of people.  Public can usually insert comments, which makes blogs effective interactive tools.

Evaluating blog content

Since blogs are easy to publish and anyone can easily publish a blog, it is important for you to evaluate the background and qualifications of the authors before relying on the contents of their blogs. Find out whether the author has the expertise on the contents of the blog that she/he has published before relying on the information provided on the blog.

Popular free blog services:

Learn more about blog

Your first assignments:

In order to be able to completely join this course, you must create a personal blog. This blog will be used to record your thoughts, discoveries, and complete the assignments throughout the semester. For this course, everyone will use Blogger, a popular free online blog hosting service that is extremely easy to use. When you create an account on Blogger, you are essentially creating a Google account, which will allow you to use Gmail and all its features as well. Before you begin, it may be helpful to access the following resources:

I can build a blog

How to create a blog with Blogger:

The steps of creating a blog with Blogger:

  1. If you do not have Gmail account yet, create one.
  2. Go to Blogger at https://blogger.com/start and sign in with your Gmail account.
  3. Select a template. You can always change it later.
  4. Throughout the semester, I would like the blog that you created to be private and is shared only to me. So, Very important! Make your blog private and invite me as your lecturer to view it (mariska@yanrf.com). To learn how to do this, read the following: How do I control who can view my blog? Please remember that you must invite me or else I will not be able to monitor your progress through the course and to assess you.
  5. Once you have successfully created your blog, here are two important things to remember:
    1. to add posts: The maintenance interface that you will use to add posts to your blog is accessible online at http://www.blogger.com Be sure to write down your login and password so you will not forget.
    2. to view your blog: Your blog address is http://(xxxx).blogspot.com. Be sure to also write down your blog address. This is the link you will send to me as the administrator of the course. Send the link to my email @mariska@yanrf.com, stating your name, student number, and pasting the link to your blog.
  6. Concerning the adding post task (the first thing), write one post reflecting on your experience in following the explanation and instruction on my web for week 1. It can include your process in doing your first assignment, your opinion about Blogger.com and how to create the blog, and the challenges you faced if any. You can also brainstorm ideas on how to use blog for your learning and teaching purpose. Then, share the blog post with me.
  7. Congratulation! You are now ready to join the course.

Presentation Tools

The fourth set of Web 2.0 tools that you will learn is Presentation tools. This part covers 2-week meetings. You will learn how to create a presentation using Prezi and Google Slides.

Week 14: Video Making, Video Editing, and Video Sharing

Week 12 & 13: Audacity, Podcasts, and Sound Clouds

Video Tools

Audio Tools

The seventh set of Web 2.0 tools that you will learn is Audio tools. You will learn how to create a podcast, post it, and share it.

Week 5: Google Forms

Week 11: Kahoot

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