Digital Submissions Guide | Update: 2/1/17

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Using Less Paper in Class...


Digital Submissions...

For each exercise or take-home exam:

Creating a document in Drive and sharing with your instructor

Google Drive, of course, saves your work in the clouds of the internets, where you can share your work with me (or anyone else). The well-paid engineers at Google are responsible for backing everything up, so we are, it seems, freed from the burden of digital files on laptops or desktop computers, in email accounts, on flashy drives, etc.

In a clamshell, you will copy your finished document to your OWU Google account and give me the ability to view and/or downloads it to my computer.

Whilst within your shared folder for Geog 222, click on the New button. Select Document. You can also create spreadsheets, presentations (of the Powerpointy variety), graphics, etc.). Cool! Name your document thusly: Krygier_Exer1 (changing name, exercise or exam number, of course)

You can type stuff in now: saving is automatic. Please explore the option to Install Drive for your Computer (bottom left of main Drive page). This installs a bit of software which creates a folder or directory on your computer with all your Drive stuff. You can set this up so you can work on Drive documents while off-line (if you don't have internet access). It is worth your time to learns how to do this exciting stuff: Use your brains and I bet you can figure out what you need to. Or, let me know and I will be happi to halp.

The following information is organized assuming you will...

Graphics: Getting graphics off the Web

Most of the exercises and take-home exams in this course require finding or making maps on the web. This means familiarizing yourself with how to get graphics from the web and into your documents.

Most of you are familiar with graphics file formats like JPG and GIF and PNG. To keep things simple, stick to these basic file formats. Other formats may also work, and feel free to experiment if you want to.

Always document the source of any image or map you save from the Web. See Citing Maps you use in your submissions.

Graphics: Scanning paper maps & graphics

The easiest way to get a digital copy of a paper document is using your phone. Find an app that is designed to generate readable copies of paper documents. I use Scanner Pro on my iPhone (but there are many other options).

As an alternative, the AV Center in the basement of Beeghly Library has a scanner and staff to help you use it. Check the Media Center hours before you go.

In addition to the basic graphic file formats (JPG, GIF, PNG) you must be familiar with file size when scanning paper maps. File size refers to the dimensions (length, width) as well as the resolution.

Scanning software packages and scanners have many options, a few are important for our purposes:

Back-up Plan: If you are unable to use the scanner for some reason, an alternative is to take a photo of the map with your cell phone. Not optimal (usually somewhat blurry) but better than nothing.

Inserting Graphics in your Word Processor Document

Inserting graphics in a Drive document is easy as long as you know how to do it and do it correctly. When in a Drive document, click the Insert menu, then select Image and either drag and drop your image, or navigate and upload it. That's it! Don't just paste an image copied from the internets - that can cause problems (sometimes Drive tries to link to the image on the web, and the image does not show up properly).

Once you insert the image, and it is on the screen, click once to select the image. Grab the blue box in a corner to scale the image so it is a reasonable size. You can also experiment with inline text (wrapping text around the image) options that pop up when an image is selected.

If you are really set on going old-school and using Microsoft Word or OpenOffice the procedure is somewhat similar.

Windows, Word: get your graphics in order:

Mac, Word: get your graphics in order:

Open Office: Try and figure it out, or ask me!

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