05-08-2019 10:29 AM - edited 08-15-2019 11:37 AM
In case you haven't discovered it, there's an tool called Glide that allows you to quickly turn a Google spreadsheet into a mobile app. I tried it out and the tool is pretty easy to use. So I thought, "What if I took my syllabus (currently in Microsoft Word) and copy and pasted the paragraphs into a google spreadsheet?" Well, it worked out very well. Take a look. Either scan this QR code with your mobile phone:
Here's what the syllabus looks like on a mobile device:
Here's a screenshot of the google spreadsheet I created that was imported by Glide to create the app:
If you'd like more info on how to do this yourself, just feel free to get in touch with me.
(note: Glide is not associated with Cengage. Just a very cool tool)
05-16-2019 08:53 AM
Glad you're all liking the idea. Here's some help to get you started:
It definitely takes a little tinkering to get it to look the way you want, but I found that fun. Feel free to get in touch with some feedback.
06-27-2019 07:28 PM
I didn't see this question - so I investigated it and can share the answer:
Students do NOT need to download any app to use this. You don't even need a QR scanner app on an iphone.
It just senses from the camera that it's a webpage and opens it up. Color me impressed.
08-15-2019 11:36 AM
@Scott_Crawford Right - if you have an iphone you just have to point the camera at the QR code and you'll get a drop-down from the top that you can tap on. The app itself is indeed essentially a mobile-optimized webpage, but if you add it to your phone it will then operate in much the same way as other apps on your phone. Pretty cool.
08-15-2019 06:30 AM
Good Morning Michael,
I am interested in learning more about this app. I was looking for the link you referenced to copy into Google slides and did not find it. Also, I am thinking, if this works for the Syllabi, it should also work for presentation materials. Right?
Can we connect soon?
08-15-2019 11:43 AM
Glad you like the idea Essie. Here's the link to my google spreadsheet that you can copy and use as a template for your own work: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YCwV8Vgx_UDXGUfsZi5RXIq47Lrc3uYyByvKiUD6TAo/edit?usp=sharing
This doesn't have to be used just for syllabi - you can put any kind of study materials or presentation materials (images, audio, video, maps, etc.) into a google spreadsheet and then use Glide to turn it into an app that anyone can add to their phone. When you update the google spreadsheet the app is updated automatically.
I'm happy to show you how this all works. I'll contact you via email.
09-04-2019 07:16 PM
That is really cool! I'm so impressed with all of you in this Community. So creative, industrious and soooo generous with your ideas. Thank you!!! I might just do it for the fun of it....to say I was able to do something so cool.
09-05-2019 08:49 AM
Thanks for the kind words @marthamorse We do try to do some unique things here in the community. If you do give the "sylabus-in-an-app" idea (which would make you the coolest teacher of the semester) feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or run into any problems.