Feb. 23, 2021

Chat with Sandy and Karen

Sandy & Jackson talk about Gamifying with Google Forms & Slides.
#ACEdTech #GoogleEI #GoogleET #VIA20


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High School CTE Teacher

Google for Education Certified Trainer & Innovator

Leader for Google Educator Group of South Texas

Ambassador to WeVideo, Flipgrid, Wakelet, & DonorsChoose

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ACEd.Tech

Intro:

Today’s guest is Mr. G, who will be talking to us about how to create a Choose your own Adventure slide deck or form.

Tell us a bit about yourself, who you are, what you do.

I have a podcast called ACEd Tech.

I recently graduated from the Google Innovator Academy #VIA20

I’m just generally passionate about EdTech

(If you want to change any of these questions, go ahead. Please add any questions you would like us to ask.) Example: Ask me about …..my garden…..

Question:

How are you doing? What would you like to chat about today?

There are ways to create a choose-your-own-adventure games using Google Slides or Google Forms

You created choose your own adventure with google forms tell us about that.

At first, breakout edu was popular. Then, digital breakouts were created. On Google Forms, a breakout which may include a “password” may not work because it can be easily hacked. Instead, a choose-your-own-adventure would make it better.

What prompted you to create this?

Based on my Google Innovator project, I tried to create a game on Google Forms.

How does it work?

In Google Forms…

In Google Slides ...

How can others get involved in this?

Here’s a link to one I made using forms: https://forms.gle/Q4kJLHLQR1iGWPcKA

With Google Slides and Google Forms it will take practice and patience.

Here’s a link to my student using Google Slides https://preview.tinyurl.com/tyca21

Do you have other topics you would like to chat about?

Join your local Google Educator Group. If you want to investigate what a GEG is, GEG-SOUTX link is here: https://geg.soutx.us/join

Please add the links to any resources here.

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Transcript
00:04
[Music]
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hello
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i'm mr g the g is not for google but it
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fits
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and thank you for joining me on a
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journey
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where we learn from different edtech
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leaders
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[Music]
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welcome to aced tech
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[Music]
00:29
hello everyone i am mr g
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unfortunately the past few months
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the pandemic has affected everyone in
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some way
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personally i have been affected in other
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ways
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throughout this year
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not all of them bad one amazing thing
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that happened to me
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was that i was able to complete the
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via 20 google innovator academy
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nevertheless there are different ways
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that this year has been very impactful
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in my life although my
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show is in hiatus it is not over
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here is a show where i recently was
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a guest and i am thankful to the hosts
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for allowing me to post it in my show as
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well
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without further ado here you go
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let's take about the aced topic
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[Music]
01:32
hello everyone welcome to chat with
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sandy and karen
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i'm karen jackson and sandy bensall
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and we have our guest today mr g
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carl welcome
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for our chat thank you for having me
01:53
so how are you feeling today carlos i'm
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doing awesome
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um it's i'm sure that uh karen
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you've seen what's happened to me in the
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past few weeks
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but i can say that right now i can
02:06
appreciate life a lot better
02:08
oh that's good yeah yeah some uh
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it's amazing what a couple good health
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challenges will do for you to
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make you appreciate what you have and
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just kind of waking up every day you
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know
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yes ma'am makes a difference
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yes yes sir so um
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that let me just uh
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i'm gonna let you know i'm gonna
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describe how
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uh i met you and then um
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uh sandy what we can talk about your
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innovator experience a little bit and
02:45
then carlos is gonna share
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it looks like a little bit about his
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project and about a game of some
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gamification he's working on
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um so uh when i became an innovator in
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2017 i
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was afterward we were mentored
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there were other innovators that that
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walked with us through a project for
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a whole year and i had such a good
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experience
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that i wanted to be someone else's
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mentor
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and uh in order to stay connected to the
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google educator program
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i joined a geg a google educator group
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and the only one at that time was one
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way down in south texas
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and i live in central texas which we're
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in the same state but we're
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hours and hours drive away
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so i um i met this guy named named
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carlos
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and uh he he was a pretty on fire guy
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for education
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and uh google and
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when i signed up for the geg i just
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really enjoyed the teachers and the
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caliber of discussion they had and
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the projects they talked about and so uh
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i guess i've known carlos for about
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about two years maybe
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just a bond yes yeah yeah and then
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um tcea
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would you share a little bit about
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presenting
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yes it was an awesome experience
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first i applied to tcea to present on
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podcasting so
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something on the side on my own but in
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the
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process um i enjoy presenting so
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i presented at another
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one but it was mainly about google and
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google
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for education products and there
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i met somebody that works for google an
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actual googler
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so she invited me to tcease that i would
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present i applied
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and uh my application was on jamboard
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and how to use jamboard in general
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because jamboard at that time was very
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new
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and it was uh nobody was really
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presenting on it
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so i thought that's my weigh-in right so
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i ended up presenting two different uh
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two different times at tcea one for
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google
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at the google theater which was pretty
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awesome and
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one uh in a different location
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so and there
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karen was helping me which was pretty
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pretty cool thing
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and my phone is talking to me because i
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said google
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it was it was pretty awesome experience
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um
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it was a volunteer situation so i
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volunteered to be at the google booth
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and uh carlos was
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presenting at the time
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uh sandy were you gonna say something
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that
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i just said karen you are a helper
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you're out of helping everybody
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well i just i just love it i love the i
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love seeing other people succeed
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it's it's pretty awesome um i get as
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excited
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as if it were my own project so um
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that's i think that's what i kind of
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live vicariously through
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people
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awesome you're awful oh well thank you
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of course of course more more
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[Laughter]
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and modest too yes yes
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height height of modesty um so
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you what do you want to talk about first
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well um how about sandy says with
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her innovative project and then i'll
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jump into mine
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okay yeah so i also became an innovator
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in 2017
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uh actually that's where i met karen and
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my project was actually um
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has i was a language teacher then and uh
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my project was that i was typing in the
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same words um giving the same feedback
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to all the students and i wanted to make
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a shortcut for that
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and so at the
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my uh my mentor
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the one that was recommended said he
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knew programming but actually when it
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came to it he knew
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nothing and then i never heard from him
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and my project went
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down but luckily i met two other
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innovators whose projects were also
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going down and together we
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came up with an idea about digitized
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wonder women
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and how to you know uh
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feel make women feel good about the
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knowledge they
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have and then share the knowledge
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between everyone
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um and that ran for about a couple of
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years
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and while everyone i mean the other two
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with their jobs and with covid it just
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got
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so crazy busy for them
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and we weren't getting anywhere and then
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me and karen
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were on ted talks we were doing a
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master class together and then we just
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came up with an idea and
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and now i think this is our follow-up
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from the innovators project
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that we are now podcasting
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not just i mean i mean the thing is what
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do women do
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they have coffee what do they do they
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chat about everything anything and
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everything and that's what we're doing
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but what we like to do
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is have a chat not just about
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women and celebrate women we want to do
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it about men too
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because i think together we collaborate
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and we do so many good things together
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and that's what we're trying to do just
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chat and drink coffee
09:09
[Laughter]
09:12
coffee sounds good cheers
09:15
time to sip
09:21
to continue on your
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conversation there um i have two little
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girls
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a six-year-old and four-year-old and um
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they are the world to me i want to show
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them that they
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should have a future without
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limitations and
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as a computer teacher
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one of my idols or um
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heroes if you want is ada lovelace
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and if you know who she is yeah i'm
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actually a computer teacher
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i live in sweden and
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that's where i was teaching languages
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because i was teaching english but
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technically i have been teaching
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computer science for 20 years
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and this is what we try to do is get
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those little girls to make the choice
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if they want to do science or not but
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it's their choice
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yes yeah yes
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well that is so cool that you mentioned
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your children um
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you know that's what it's all about
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that's that's why we're here and that's
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you know as educators it's important
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that
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uh we can
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we'll be we'll model all the time like
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everything we do
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we need to remember that our children
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are watching us whether they're our
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biological children or not i mean our
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students are watching this
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and uh we can we can encourage them
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every every minute so um i really
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appreciate you mentioning that yes and
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uh
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i mean that's that's pretty much where
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my
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my innovator project came from is
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i thought about they're going to grow up
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and
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i want to make sure that they go the
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correct
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path so what
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can i tell them what uh
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advice can i give them in order for them
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to
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when it comes down to it for it's their
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decision right
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but for them to understand that they
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need to
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that their decisions will have a
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consequence
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right and from there i thought but it's
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not just
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my daughters it's my students too so how
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can
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i can combine two and one how can i give
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them advice
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and then it went from just how can i
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give them advice
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to how can i give advice not just to my
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students but to
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future or the students that i had in the
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past
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before and i was at that point like
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they there are some students that
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already graduated those are the ones
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that are really gonna need the advice
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the students that i have right now are
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just probably gonna see it as a class so
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how can i provide
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something for the students that already
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graduated right
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and now at one point i thought maybe if
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i write a book
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and then i thought are they actually
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going to read a book right
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and that's where i was at that point is
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those that really need it more than
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likely will
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not want to read the book and
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uh i i was
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between what can i do here i applied for
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the innovator project and
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with the question of how might we
12:56
better prepare high school seniors and
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those that graduated
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for adult responsibilities
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that's where it started as i went
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through the program
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uh the idea of not just adult
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responsibilities but what about
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college responsibilities so
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and adult in college all down all
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that came down to financial advice
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for example making sure that you don't
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max out your credit card and then
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just pay the minimum
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is what i did and um
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for a long long time i wasn't dead
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i can say that starting next year i will
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no longer have credit card debt
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oh that's awesome yes a big step for me
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and that's uh something that uh that's
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part of where my passion for this
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advice for my daughter's advice for my
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students
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because of a bad experience i had
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as a result and all had to do with
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financial
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right understanding what is being
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financially independent versus
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always trying to achieve you know
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getting
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a bigger paycheck each time it's not so
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much about getting a bigger paycheck but
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being financially independent whether
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you have a small paycheck or a big
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paycheck
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right and from there
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it turned from um how can i
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advise them to what if it's
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something fun for them and from there it
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went from something fun
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to what about a game show
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for the students
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now that's the what they call the 10x
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idea
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right so that's my goal in the future to
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get a
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game show for students
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but i need a stepping stone so where can
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i go
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where can i launch from
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and this is where this is where i am in
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my innovator project
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my innovative project is going to be a
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game board
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similar to life but not life right and
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the title is going to be adulting ninja
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so the adulting ninja game board love it
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love it that's great
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[Music]
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i mean what a great idea i think
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i think that's what uh kids need
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they they are in going into the future
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but
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with their eyes closed even more so
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now than probably what we did
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when we went to university or college
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i think they need something and yeah
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like we said they do not read
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and one thing about uh going to the
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university which is
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very difficult is the cost
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and in the past it was the percentage
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was you know you're you're debt
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to what you were going to earn was a
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small percentage of debt
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now it's like you're going to be in debt
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forever just because
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you want a better education
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so it's a big difference the cost it's
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not just the cost because of
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the the value of the dollar or the value
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of
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wherever you're from but uh
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it's the cost overall the percentage of
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how much you're going to make versus how
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much you're in debt
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has increased and that is a big
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difference now
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and that is a big problem
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yes so awesome
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well i think that um that's that's
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actually
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way way back in the stone ages when i
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got married my husband
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told me he said you need you we need to
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get find out what you
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what your career is so that if anything
17:18
ever happens to me
17:20
that you have something of your own that
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you could continue on with and i just
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really respect him for that and i know
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that
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a lot of students now are
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you know especially in the last year
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they've been at home
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and they don't have connections they
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don't have experiences where they can
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meet mentors and you know get out into
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the world to
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practice their skills to practice you
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know
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financing and and being responsible
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with their money and things like that so
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you know it i think it's going to be
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more challenging now in the
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time of covid of course again
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everything's more challenging but
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um to to
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uh to practice you know they kind of
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have to have a non-threatening
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place to practice and and that's why i
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think this game is brilliant because
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if they mess up and lose forty thousand
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dollars in the game it's not going to
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matter
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but if they get forty thousand dollars
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in credit card debt that's gonna matter
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is it similar to like the monopolies so
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you're gonna do a board game or is it
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um a app
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that they will download
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right now my goal is a board game and um
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as as the goal right now yes a board
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game but then after that
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can i make that board game into a video
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game
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or can i make that game into a game show
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so i'm starting with a board game
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idea first and from there if
18:58
i can expand that will be
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the next step because it's monopoly
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yes but monopoly is more of a real
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estate
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yeah how to invest well
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that's more of a real estate uh the
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original idea of monopoly was
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it was actually called the landlord's
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game or something like that but
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uh beef that was before it got acquired
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and then it was called monopoly but the
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original
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the person that created monopoly was
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more interested in
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warning people what happens if you have
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a monopoly
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and how everybody else loses as a result
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but it got turned into if you have a
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monopoly you get all the money
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so that's much better for yourself
19:54
so yeah that that has a different
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message right there
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commentary on on civilization
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you know um i will send you a link later
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i've got to find it i know in italy
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there is a game they play as a family
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and
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it might be similar to monopoly i'm not
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sure
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but it is all about money it is all
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about who can have
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money for their future or something i it
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i've not heard it in the english games
20:30
but definitely an italian one but i will
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send the link
20:34
karen remind me because my receive
20:37
will do that's cool yes
20:40
that sounds awesome and that might i the
20:43
more
20:43
board games i play uh the better of an
20:46
idea how i want to create
20:48
my board game in the end
20:51
yeah yeah that uh that was one of the
20:54
best projects i had and now it was
20:56
actually an english
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class we had to create a board game
20:59
about the books we were reading
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which was pretty interesting it was a
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fun fun project
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just creating the game um because of the
21:08
of course our my teacher was very wise
21:11
we had to do a lot of research
21:13
but uh it was a it was a fun project
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i love games games are great speaking of
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board games
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[Music]
21:23
uh there's this website called flip
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flippity
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flippity.net i'm not sure if you've
21:30
heard of it
21:31
i've heard of it but i haven't spent too
21:34
much time on it
21:35
okay it does have a board game
21:40
idea to that so you can see
21:44
the that there's uh
21:49
it will allow me to share my screen that
21:51
way
21:52
you can see what i'm talking about okay
21:55
but um
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it's fairly simple it has the pieces
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it has the
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the squares it has a die so i click on
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the die for example
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and and then it has right here some
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cards
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so using google sheets you can
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create a board game real simple so when
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it comes to for example that english
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project that you mentioned
22:24
it doesn't have to be just a concept in
22:27
your mind you can actually
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create it digitally that's awesome
22:35
but that's not what i'm here to talk
22:38
about
22:40
something else okay so let's get to it
22:43
i'm we're warmed up now
22:45
all right are you what the board game
22:47
we're playing this christmas
22:52
panda
22:56
wow that looks interesting
22:59
and it's not about who wins it's about
23:03
you
23:03
as a team that are going to win together
23:07
oh nice that's cool have you played it
23:09
yet
23:10
no it's still in there we're gonna open
23:12
it up this is our christmas thing
23:15
oh cool i won't call anyone
23:18
okay yeah no one listens
23:24
that's awesome awesome
23:28
okay carlos yeah the the i was gonna
23:33
comment on that my little girls are
23:36
six and four so it's kind of difficult
23:38
which board games i get to play with on
23:40
the band
23:41
yeah yeah it's very limited
23:46
can't you win i think
23:51
i haven't tried candyland but snakes and
23:54
ladders for example
23:55
yeah yeah it's very basic
24:00
guess who yes with my six-year-old
24:04
i don't know about my four-year-old
24:08
i wish my kids were that young
24:14
okay right so
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what i created and this was something
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recent that
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i just wanted to see what can i do with
24:24
something as simple as
24:25
google forms or google slides
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and the one thing that has that google
24:32
forms and google slides has is this
24:34
thing uh
24:35
this conditional if you do this then you
24:38
go to this location
24:41
so my idea was
24:44
can i create a choose your own adventure
24:46
game using
24:48
google forms and google slides depending
24:50
on where you click is what's going to
24:52
happen next
24:53
right so
24:57
at first you know how breakout
25:00
rooms were popular and that breakout
25:04
room turned into breakout edu
25:07
and those were popular and then there
25:10
started to
25:11
this trend of it's too expensive for a
25:14
breakout edu what about making it
25:16
digital
25:18
and somebody came up with the idea can
25:21
we create a
25:22
digital breakout room
25:25
using google forms and normally
25:28
a google forms if you type a password
25:34
on google forms like you create a
25:36
password field
25:38
and then you use the conditional or what
25:40
is it called not conditional formatting
25:42
that's google sheets
25:44
i've been working a lot with google
25:45
sheets lately it's uh
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well let me open up google forms because
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i quite
25:52
can't remember what it's called but
25:56
in google forms there's this thing
25:58
called uh
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where you check based on your response
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goes to a certain certain uh section
26:08
no it's a like a password thing oh
26:13
and i thought i knew it by memory but uh
26:15
apparently i forgot so
26:18
you can create a password using google
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forms
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the problem with that and it's called
26:26
response validation there we go oh in
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google forms there's something called
26:30
response validation
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and if i change it to text
26:37
and contains so the text must contain
26:41
the password
26:43
all right and
26:46
uh that's that
26:50
that's normally how a breakout a digital
26:53
breakout using google forms would work
26:55
with passwords because you need to find
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out the
26:58
key oh yeah move forward
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the problem with that is that you can
27:05
easily
27:06
hack a google form to find out what the
27:09
password is
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and i mean if you don't know that that's
27:16
possible
27:17
then of course you'll never be able to
27:19
find
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out how to hack it right but if you just
27:23
understand that you can hack the
27:26
password in a google form
27:29
i'm sure there's somewhere out there
27:33
a video or an instruction that says this
27:36
is how you do it
27:37
and it's three simple steps
27:40
so that's not so much of a
27:45
board game excuse me that's not so much
27:47
of a a game to be able to
27:50
play because all the passwords are in
27:53
the google form either way
27:54
you just need to know where to look for
27:56
it
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um site tip or side note
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uh well during our via 20
28:06
there's this breakout that we're
28:08
supposed to do right
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and it was digital uh
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i had no idea how to solve it like uh a
28:17
few days before
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it was due uh somebody told us
28:23
or it was supposed to be in a group
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right we're supposed to solve it in a
28:26
group
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and somebody said this is the answer for
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the first question
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oh that's not fun yeah it's we're
28:36
supposed to solve it in a group
28:37
so this is the answer for the first
28:39
question and uh they were able to find
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it somehow and they
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me i i couldn't figure out the first
28:47
question or the second question they
28:48
were just
28:49
it took them a long time to figure out
28:50
the first question by the time i went in
28:52
i'm like
28:53
i have no idea so i'm like okay i know
28:56
the answer to the first question
28:58
let me look at the code on the website
29:03
so i started looking for the answer in
29:05
the website itself
29:07
and sure enough it was within the code
29:11
so from there i started to find patterns
29:15
and i didn't
29:18
know the answers to any of the questions
29:22
but we solved the problem and we
29:26
broke through
29:34
how was that again great minds they
29:37
weren't polite so they think
29:38
like and they can solve it yeah so
29:42
with uh somebody solving the question
29:46
i was able to solve the other ones but
29:49
not by actually solving the questions
29:51
rather by looking at the code
29:54
which was pretty cool um
29:57
which is the same going back to the
29:59
google forms it's going to be the same
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thing
30:00
eventually somebody's going to solve the
30:03
that and it's
30:04
going to be kind of simple from there on
30:07
if there are any other breakouts so i
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thought instead of a
30:11
breakout game how about a
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choose your own adventure game
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and that's when i came with the idea
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that uh
30:22
if you choose or in
30:25
in google forms it's called
30:29
i need to use the multiple choice and
30:32
there's one that says go to
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section based on answer
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in google forms
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[Music]
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and that's where i came with a quick
30:44
story just to make sure that it did work
30:47
and let me
30:50
show you by presenting this
30:54
share screen
30:58
and i'm taking some screenshots too and
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i'll share these below when we uh
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put this in our
31:08
youtube channel all right i'm gonna try
31:11
to be as descriptive as possible for the
31:14
audio listeners only okay but
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as you can see here here's my uh
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my google form
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and uh i called it teacher alone it's so
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it's a story
31:29
and it starts it's a second person point
31:33
of view
31:33
so the story is about you
31:37
and it starts with would you like to
31:39
enter an email address
31:42
and then it starts with a story and
31:44
notice it says that email address not
31:46
required but it's part of the story
31:50
so it starts with a story that are you
31:53
tired
31:54
and then you suddenly wake up
31:58
and what should you do should you take a
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shower first or
32:02
turn on the camera because you're late
32:03
to class already
32:06
so this is where i continue
32:12
the next thing is it tells you not all
32:15
the students join
32:16
and uh it gives you a little story as to
32:19
what's gonna happen next
32:20
but you have this administrator waiting
32:23
for you right
32:26
and you get in trouble as a result and
32:28
uh
32:29
what should you do next like in this
32:31
example it's time for a break
32:34
so i move on to leave the camera
32:38
and it takes you to something else
32:40
entirely break is over
32:42
and then something else happened if you
32:44
didn't had it hard enough
32:46
you you get an email with a memo
32:50
right because you were late to class
32:54
and then you see the memo and it says
32:56
this is what's going on
33:00
it has been a very frustrating day and
33:02
now either you work on your lesson plans
33:04
or you take a nap
33:08
because it's part of being a teacher
33:11
right
33:12
that's great and then you like for
33:15
example right now i decided to work on
33:16
my lesson plans
33:18
but i'm very exhausted so in the middle
33:20
of it i pass out
33:23
and then i hear a sound
33:26
you wake up there's an alarm and you
33:30
the alarm is your house alarm you're not
33:32
sure why
33:33
your house alarm is ringing but uh
33:36
you know the passcode oh wait what's
33:39
that passcode it's the birthday of the
33:41
first computer programmer
33:45
so this is going to be one of those uh
33:48
breakout rooms things that i talked
33:50
about earlier
33:52
which if i just type whatever here
33:56
and i click next it says wrong eight
33:59
digit code
34:00
i'm not gonna bother googling who the
34:02
first computer programmer is
34:04
and i'm not gonna bother figuring out
34:06
what her birthday is
34:09
instead i'm gonna go what i did
34:12
with pretty much anything else that i'm
34:14
trying to hack
34:16
i'm gonna look at the the developer
34:20
tools
34:21
i'm gonna find the
34:25
information i have i'm gonna go to
34:30
right there i see it and i can tell that
34:34
the birthday is 18
34:37
15 12 10.
34:41
so in 1815 december 10th
34:47
i move on to the next part now that i
34:50
know the code right
34:51
and uh you hear a silence so you're
34:55
trying to to see who's home
35:00
and you find nobody so what do you do
35:01
next you call the cops
35:03
or you go to search for them
35:08
so you can choose either one right and
35:11
if you call the cops then you start
35:13
doing one thing
35:13
if you search for them you start doing
35:15
something else so i'm gonna go search
35:17
for them before i call the cops let's
35:18
see what happens
35:22
you bring everything you lock the door
35:25
and then you realize that your phone
35:28
needs charging
35:31
uh but wait the door is locked
35:36
and you can't go back inside but
35:39
uh because you're a teacher you do have
35:41
a paper and pen
35:43
so what should you put on the node on
35:46
the door
35:48
just in case they come back
35:52
for right now i'll just put i'll be back
35:59
and then the light flickers and then the
36:01
lights go
36:02
off and then you see a
36:05
shadowy person in the distance what do
36:08
you do next
36:10
hurry run or hide
36:14
let's just say that i hide i move on to
36:17
the next one
36:19
and uh you see a shadow
36:23
actually you don't see the shadow but
36:26
when you
36:27
emerge all of a sudden you just
36:31
hear smack and pass out
36:35
and submit and then you
36:42
you come to the end of the story you're
36:44
asked flutter
36:45
what happened what was that you were
36:47
just dreaming
36:50
the night was so surreal you look at
36:53
your
36:54
phone it's just saturday at
36:57
4 17 a.m so
37:01
everything was just a dream it's time to
37:03
calm down until
37:04
you actually go to your gmail
37:09
and i'm waiting for this thing to load
37:12
no reply so it's over here
37:14
and then you get this note in your gmail
37:17
it says i'll be back that's the note you
37:19
wrote remember
37:24
awesome i love that so the the player
37:27
actually gets that email
37:30
yes the if you enter at the beginning if
37:32
you remember it's
37:33
asked or an email cheers
37:37
thank you
37:40
fantastic yeah that's really good yes
37:44
and uh so that's one way of
37:47
choose your own adventure the other one
37:50
is using google slides
37:52
and one of the things that it's awesome
37:53
about google slides is that
37:56
you can link from one slide to a
37:59
different slide
38:02
so that makes it uh easy right so
38:05
if you want that's uh i'm not sure if
38:07
you've seen uh slides mania
38:10
she creates a lot of these things where
38:13
you have a slide and it has several
38:15
options you click on one of the options
38:16
and it gives you information about
38:18
that that's cool
38:21
based on that idea
38:25
i had my students create a game
38:30
whoops
38:34
yeah proceed to this side i'm not sure
38:36
why it's giving me a warning
38:41
but there it is
38:45
so slide that is a google slide yes
38:49
cool that's a slight presentation that
38:51
my student created created all the
38:53
graphics by the way
38:56
using google slides only
39:00
so let's say hide that looks familiar
39:03
run all right oh
39:11
run away or follow okay so let's see
39:13
what happens if i click follow
39:15
and i'm not sure if you can hear the
39:16
sound but there is some sound effects
39:18
and
39:19
other stuff going on here
39:22
oh so it's an axe murderer you're
39:24
running either running or hiding from an
39:26
axe
39:27
okay let's see what happens if i take
39:29
the other path
39:31
so all i'm doing is i'm clicking on
39:33
links here
39:35
so this is a link to a different slide
39:37
and i click on it it takes me to a
39:38
different
39:39
slide and that slide has an animation
39:43
and apparently i selected the correct
39:45
path because i survived
39:47
and it has a little bit of music so what
39:50
he did
39:52
honestly i didn't check it but he
39:53
impressed me
39:55
and i entered his uh
39:58
his game for free competition that we're
40:02
having
40:03
here in texas so hopefully
40:08
i've always entered my students in a
40:09
gaming competition of some sort
40:11
and every year we win something so
40:13
hopefully
40:14
it's the only student that participating
40:16
this year uh unfortunately because of
40:18
everything that's going on it's kind of
40:20
difficult to work with everybody
40:22
yeah but uh he did such an awesome job
40:24
that i think he deserves
40:26
uh to be entered in the competition and
40:28
yeah
40:29
hopefully he'll win so now that is it uh
40:33
now texas computer educator association
40:35
that's what we've been talking about
40:37
tcea
40:38
is that the contest or is there a
40:39
different
40:41
it's i know it's isti also it's through
40:44
the
40:45
library association so it's uh texas
40:48
youth creator awards
40:49
oh very cool that's nice
40:53
we can include those links too
40:56
that's great now sandy your students are
41:00
doing some programming
41:02
yeah do you think some of them would
41:05
like to create
41:06
maybe create their own adventure i
41:09
think uh i mean looking at this what's
41:13
really good is um i don't know with
41:16
programming i'm
41:17
running out of ideas i mean how much
41:20
programming
41:21
and powerpoints and things can i give
41:24
them but i mean
41:26
the slides i do is great yeah
41:29
if i think about a computer they will
41:32
say oh do i put the graphics card in
41:35
yes no if i don't put it in there then
41:38
this will happen
41:39
i don't know maybe because they've got
41:41
to do a user guide and i think that'd be
41:43
a great way of showing how to do
41:45
a user guide oh yeah want something
41:51
it is difficult i think because we're
41:53
all distance learning here as well
41:55
and but i think that
41:59
i mean the science teachers
42:03
language teachers it's difficult for
42:05
everyone but they can always
42:07
grab something and do something but when
42:09
i'm teaching programming
42:10
or teaching computers or networking
42:14
it's so hard to explain online like
42:17
i can't even say look out your window
42:18
because i don't know what they can see
42:20
outside the window
42:22
yeah yeah that's true
42:26
well that sounds really good you know
42:28
carlos that's um
42:31
something i can take away and probably
42:33
start thinking about
42:34
after the holiday break
42:37
that they can start doing something like
42:39
that
42:41
yeah once you un teach the concepts of
42:44
one slide linking to the other one then
42:47
they just really need to create a
42:49
storyboard
42:51
that way they have a guide to start with
42:54
so storyboard is like an algorithm right
42:58
yeah
42:58
now you have your algorithm start
43:00
programming now you have your storyboard
43:02
start creating yeah and the key is to
43:06
have a good
43:07
story because if they have a crummy
43:10
shallow story there's not very many
43:13
choices that
43:14
they could program into there yeah
43:18
so one thing that i do want to mention
43:22
is that
43:22
for somebody that is new at this and
43:25
trying to
43:26
figure out just the google forms for
43:27
example that it's probably the simplest
43:29
way to start
43:30
uh linking one section of the google
43:33
form to a different section of the
43:34
google form
43:36
and same thing having uh storyline it's
43:39
gonna take a lot
43:40
of time and practice trying to figure it
43:42
out and then every time you try it
43:44
try different paths that's because
43:47
i think right now i saw there was a
43:49
mistake on
43:50
the story that i created it was supposed
43:52
to go one way
43:53
it took me a different way of course i
43:55
didn't mention it because it was going
43:56
to take away from the story
43:59
but once the story is established
44:03
look through your paths to see if it's
44:05
working and it's a lot of
44:07
frustration because it's not working the
44:09
way you want
44:10
but i mean you've seen that sandy in
44:13
programming right
44:15
you get that error and you're trying to
44:17
debug
44:19
and it's just you forgot that uh
44:22
semicolon or
44:23
depending on the language you're using
44:25
right
44:27
and you can't see it because sometimes
44:29
you need the semicolon sometimes you
44:30
don't need it and you never know
44:32
where it's supposed to go until you have
44:34
that experience
44:36
yeah same thing it's going to be in
44:39
google forms
44:40
you you see where it is but you're
44:42
trying to figure out why
44:44
it looks like it's supposed to work just
44:46
based on what i see here
44:47
but over here it's not going the correct
44:50
way what did i do wrong
44:52
so that's where you start this debugging
44:54
process
44:55
yeah and i think it's a great
44:59
way of showing that you know in
45:01
programming
45:02
these are the problems it can be very
45:05
small very big
45:07
but then now go and look at it it's like
45:09
a needle in a haystack
45:11
you know sometimes so
45:14
for teachers like english teachers if
45:17
they want to write a story for the
45:18
students to follow
45:20
or if they want the students to create a
45:22
story it's not something that you're
45:24
going to do for
45:24
every single lesson it's there's no way
45:27
it takes a long time to prepare
45:29
so maybe start creating one this
45:31
semester
45:32
and then another one next semester and
45:35
if you continue teaching the same
45:36
subject eventually you're gonna have
45:38
your portfolio with several
45:42
lessons that you could be using so this
45:44
year you only have two right next year
45:46
you're gonna have four
45:47
yeah and now we can continue with that
45:51
and i like going with uh also doing one
45:55
as a class
45:56
first um to do you know you have your
45:59
class story and then they work on their
46:00
individual projects and that way
46:02
they see the results of maybe making a
46:05
certain type of decision or three
46:07
choices
46:07
versus two choices you know what does
46:09
that look like
46:11
so doing one with the class is always i
46:13
think is a good way to model
46:15
that activity making choices that's
46:18
actually a good point right there
46:20
um history
46:23
so you have the path that history
46:25
dictates
46:26
but now let the students think what
46:28
would happen if in history
46:30
this happens right or what if it goes
46:33
the other way so based on
46:37
historical events follow that path and
46:40
then create a story what would happen if
46:42
something else
46:43
happens what if from there there's a
46:45
different choice would it take it back
46:47
or would it go completely the opposite
46:49
way
46:50
so there's multiple uses there i'm not
46:53
sure how i would implement this in math
46:54
other than problem solving
46:57
right but uh english has
47:00
a similar effect just like history
47:05
and science same i guess it just depends
47:09
on which science subject we're talking
47:11
about if it's chemistry right
47:13
what happens if you do this steps first
47:15
versus these other steps what are you
47:17
supposed to do next
47:18
if you add this chemical this base to
47:21
this acid
47:23
those are two strong bases and too
47:25
strong a strong base and a strong acid
47:27
what's going to happen
47:29
mix them or do something else right
47:33
i'm not very familiar with uh with
47:36
chemistry there but i know that bases
47:37
and assets are going to explode
47:39
[Laughter]
47:43
basically last week i was working on a
47:47
slides and
47:47
i'll pass it on as well to karen as well
47:50
and to you carlos
47:51
and it's about computer parts it's
47:53
called murder mystery
47:55
suspense so it's like a pluto
47:59
but but the questions are to do with
48:02
computer parts
48:06
right they'll get the clue if they get
48:08
it wrong
48:10
then i okay you have no clues
48:14
interesting all right well that's that's
48:17
another awesome example thank you i'm
48:20
looking forward to that yeah
48:24
well thank you so much carlos uh
48:27
for joining us um is there anything what
48:30
any
48:30
last words you'd like to share with us i
48:32
just really appreciate your examples
48:34
and uh just uh your willingness to
48:38
discuss
48:38
your projects with us thank you so much
48:42
um i would like to you know i'm all
48:45
about google
48:46
uh mr g the g is not for google but it
48:49
fits right
48:50
so uh
48:54
i would encourage all educators to look
48:57
into something called the google
48:58
educator group karen
49:00
that's how we met so i think i'm very
49:03
very thankful
49:04
to our local geg
49:08
ours is for south texas although even
49:11
though it says it's for south texas we
49:13
have members from all over the world and
49:16
from all over texas so
49:19
it's not just a geg that is exclusive
49:22
to that location i'm sure any geg that
49:26
you
49:26
request will be more than happy to have
49:28
you in
49:31
if you want to be part of the south
49:32
texas group you can always visit
49:38
geg.soutx.us
49:40
and there's some information about the
49:42
group and how to join if you're
49:44
interested in joining the group
49:46
we're going to have a really big
49:48
re-modification of
49:50
our group it's moving from one system to
49:53
a different system
49:54
so that we can communicate better with
49:56
each other we've been having
49:58
problems with communication right now so
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we're moving to a different system for
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better communication
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yay but other than that i mean
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not just my group joined any there's a
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global geg that you could be joining as
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well
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so look into your local google educator
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group
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all right awesome great cause you know
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i'm so excited about your project
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uh hopefully we can have you back on as
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well
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and and you can tell us how you
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developed over the year be so excited
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maybe i can interview both of you
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yeah i mean she is my mentor after all
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[Laughter]
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um and i'd be more than happy to come
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back i have several other ideas
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um i'm sure karen has a list of them
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that i provided for
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her and we can talk about something else
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yes absolutely well thank you again uh
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sandy you want to outros out
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yes so thank you to carlos mr g
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Sandy Bansal

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