The 8-Bit Instructor: The Spring Break Episode (EP035)

Download the episode here.

Episode 35

This week, we’re taking a brief respite for Spring Break, but there’s still a lot of education news from Google, Microsoft, IXL, Formative, and Screencastify. I’ve got a nice little treasure in the treasure chest as well.

News & Updates

  • Formative updates
  • Premium users
  • Restore deleted items
    • If you accidentally deleted a question or lost student responses by changing the question type, use the 3 dots menu to restore them
  • Teachers and students can record video
    • Teachers can record or upload videos or screencasts
    • Students can record or upload videos to essay questions (2 minute limit)
  • Improvements to audio player
    • Adjust play time, volume, download file
  • Copy and paste images directly into questions
  • Free Users
  • View your account activity
  • Restore deleted Formatives
  • Copy and Paste alert
    • See what students copied by clicking “details”
  • Create teacher and student avatars
  • Checkpoint Performance reports
  • Checkpoint skills look at standards readiness by assessing their knowledge of multiple concepts
  • IXL will recommend exercises for any gaps
  • Teachers can get reports for whole class and individual students
  • Good for unit reviews and test prep
Google Workspace

Treasure Chest: Google Slides Text Fitting

  • Insert a text box
  • Option menu box on lower left side
  • 3 options: Do not autofit, Shrink text on overflow, Resize shape to fit text
  • Shrink text is good for titles, or anything you have to fit within a certain area
  • Resize shape only resizes vertically
  • Check out this tutorial to see how to do it.

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

We’re entering the home stretch. Hang in there!

Use #8BitCrew on Twitter, tag me @comicsocks, or post longer stories in the comments section here.

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Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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