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How do you attach files such as word or powerpoint to a quest?

I am trying to have my students watch a powerpoint presentation and then do an activity based on a word document. How can I include these in a quest? Alternatively, how can my students submit these documents to me?
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  • We have not yet added the ability to upload a file into the WYSIWYG. However, the workaround is simple. Upload the file to Google docs, capture the link, paste the link in your quest page.

    We will eventually add a file upload to the quest Creator WYSIWYG.
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  • Just for constructive feedback, I hope this feature is coming soon. My district blocks Google Docs and other services where students could access shared documents via a link. I'm not sure how I'm going to work around that yet without a file uploader.
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  • I’m surprised this hasn't been added
    I finally decided to take the time to get re-familiarized with GameLab. Is it still the case that you can't attach a file to a quest? If so, this makes the platform basically unusable for me.
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    Hi all - I would suggest using Google Drive (which is free with any Google account) as a solution. Simply upload your PowerPoint - or create a Google presentation - then change the visibility settings (the blue share button) so that anyone with the link can view it.

    Copy the link from File > Publish to the Web > Start Publishing > then copy "Document Link."

    Simply create a hyperlink in your quest to your resource. You can also choose Publish to the Web > Start Publishing > then copy "Embed Code" and embed a Google Doc in a quest.

    The advantage here is that at any time you can revise your document or edit it to improve it or make changes within Google Drive and your updated document is automatically served up to students when they click the link or view the embedded document.

    Another benefit is that it is much easier to organize quest content in Google Drive - in folders, for example, than in the Quest structure.

    I highly recommend this. Let me know if this works for you.
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    Hi Wes,

    I appreciate you're getting back to me so quickly. It looks like this solution will work for us. I was concerned because our system's firewall blocks access to Google Drive and other file sharing sites; however, it looks like a file being shared with a link is getting through. This might not be true of all schools, depending on how their firewall is set up.

    My two cents is that the ability to upload a file from WYSIWYG editor would make creating quests a bit easier, and teachers could still use the Google method, if they chose.

    Anyways, back to exploring, then!

    Thanks
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  • yes, I'm not really sure what the attachment is for in the quest creation if there's no real service for it. One of the reasons I liked GameLab was because it looked like in the quest creation that there was a capacity for uploading files to the quest for students to access and use. If this isn't the case, I don't see this as nearly so useful a system.
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  • Hi mrsbernard -
    I'd highly recommend providing resources using an embedded Google Document or a link to a Google document.

    The reason for this is that once you've created a group and copied it or cloned it, then you can update your Google Document and any copy of the group will be updated.

    Of course, you can upload a Word document to Google and use the url for that document's location to create a link to the resource. That's the recommended approach.

    3D GameLab is not designed to serve as file storage, though you can embed images, videos and documents.
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    So is the result of this students can't load PowerPoint files at all? I have quests that require students to complete a PowerPoint or a Paint.net document and these do not open when I try to approve quests. Is there a work around for this? The beauty of the 3D Game Lab was to be able to access ALL student work through the quests they submit. Not having the capability to view these files creates more effort to get to them by having to set up a secondary place for them to complete a quest. The only thing I have available for the students in a common Drop Box where they can access other students' documents.
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  • Can you give me a sample gamertag, group name and quest name to look into this further?
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  • Try superdazzlegirl250 in Computer Class PV6. The Water Cycle quest was a PowerPoint that wouldn't load.
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  • This worked for me. See screenshot of the completed quest with PPT file link (which I downloaded and opened successfully). Seems to be working.
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  • That previous screenshot was from the student's account; this is from the instructor account. You can see the PPT download works.
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