Customizing Resources Using Microsoft Office

Modifying Activities as well as other resources from the Teacher Portal using Microsoft Office can be accomplished in a few easy steps by using ‘Download.’

The following article will cover:


How to ‘Download’ a Google Doc to be opened in Microsoft Word

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Open the Educator Resource or Activity you would like to modify.

For this example, the Basketball Drills VEXcode VR Activity will be used. To learn more about VEXcode VR Activities, view this article.

Open the activity and select ‘File.’

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Select the expand icon beside ‘Download’ and select ‘Microsoft Word (.docx)’. This will download the file as a Microsoft Word document to your device’s download location.

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You can launch Microsoft Word and open the file from your device’s download location. Note that the file now has a .docx extension for Microsoft Word.

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You can now use Microsoft Word’s features on the document.

Note: when opening a Google Doc in Microsoft Word, there may be formatting changes depending on the document.


How to ‘Download’ a Google Sheet to be opened in Microsoft Excel

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Open the Educator Resource you would like to modify.

For this example, the VEXcode VR Cumulative Pacing Guide will be used. To learn more about the Cumulative Pacing Guide, view this article.

Open the activity and select ‘File.’

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Select the expand icon beside ‘Download’ and select ‘Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)’. This will download the file as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to your device’s download location.

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You can launch Microsoft Excel and open the file from your device’s download location. Note that the file now has a .xlsx extension for Microsoft Excel.

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Now you can use Microsoft Excel’s features on the spreadsheet.


Some example resources

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You can use the procedures above to ‘Download' many different resources. Some examples include:

  • Email Home - VEXcode VR: a great example of a resource found in the Teacher Portal. This can save countless hours by having all the pertinent information already created for parents and by using ‘Download,’ you can use Microsoft Word to customize it for each class!

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There are many other resources found within the VEXcode VR Activities and Computer Science Lessons that can be easily modified using ‘Download.’ For more information about the educator resources provided to support VEXcode VR, view this article.