Friday, February 20, 2015

Doc to Form and Save as Doc: My Two Favorite Google Add-ons This Week

This week I have found two new Google Drive Add Ons that are making my digital life as a teacher more functional.

Doc to Form and Save as Doc are similar in that they both help you convert information in one type of Google file to another type.

Doc to Form, as it says, helps me easily convert questions written on a Google Doc to a Google Form ready for people to fill out and answer. Late last week our school nurse asked me if I could transform the quiz teachers have to take about blood borne pathogens and convert it to a Google From. She sent me a Word file. I uploaded it to Google Drive and used Doc to Form to make the transformation process faster. This tutorial video shows you how it works in about 90 seconds. Doc to Form is free for up to 10 questions. If you need more, there is a really easy process to donate $3 to the developer via paypal and use up to 50 questions. (I highly recommend donating, and I have no financial stake in that suggestion.)

Save as Doc is an add on for Google Sheets. It lets you quickly convert rows in a spreadsheet to a Google Document. You can even have it automatically page break between each row, so that each entry ends up on it's own page. You can select which rows you want converted. I'll be using this to generate reader friendly versions of some applications we are collecting with a Google Form. (And yeah, I made that form with Doc to Form.)  I figured out Save as Doc without having to watch a tutorial video, but if you want the two minute lesson, Richard Bryn has a great one.

I know I'll be using both of these a lot to make forms and documents from docs and spreadsheets.