Thursday, April 19, 2018

Naming versions of documents

Here's a simple tip that might come in very handy for you (I know it's saved me several times)-- you can name "versions" of a Google doc, sheet, or slides.  This can make it much easier to find the particular draft you're looking for.  It's also helpful when you're about to make a major change and you want to preserve a version prior, just in case there's a problem with the change.

To name the current version, use the sub-menu off of Version history (formerly called Revision history).

You'll now see the named versions when you go back to Version History.  Any version you don't name will still be listed as the date of that version.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Creating interactive fiction with Twine

I've been using a tool called Twine in a course I'm taking this semester.  Twine allows writers to create "choose your adventure" stories, or any kind of writing that involves branching based on user interaction.  It's fairly easy to use and can be a great way to engage reluctant writers.

Here's a quick start to a story I just created as a demo, using the simplest features of Twine. 

Want to give it a try in a class?  I'd love to help!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Commenting on PDFs in Google Drive

You can now add comments to a PDF (that you own or have editing rights to)  stored in Google Drive.
Here's a one-minute "how-to" video.