How can I add accent marks and special symbols?


#1

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

Marco here :grin: I’m trying to add accent marks and other foreign language characters into my formative. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

Marco


#2

Are you trying to use them yourself or allow students to use them or both?

I enter mine using the google input tools international keyboard. It’s an easy toggle off/on way to use accented letters.

For my students, in my Formatives, I usually start with text block that includes all of the accented and special characters they might need and then tell the students to copy and paste as needed.


#3

Hey Andy! I am trying to do both, so I really appreciate the info…and workaround!! I downloaded the google input tools international keyboard and have already started my text block with all of the special characters for my students to copy/paste…what a fantastic idea! That takes the guess work out of everything, and takes out the need for students to remember keyboard shortcuts on different types of computers/laptops/devices. Brilliant!

Thank you so much!!


#4

As a science teacher, it would be nice to have easy access to superscript and subscript. :slight_smile:


#5

Have you tried using the math text editor for superscript and subscript? You can write superscript by using the ^ symbol (Ex: 4^5). And you can use the _ to write sub-script (ex: 4_2). It’d be great to hear how this works for you.

Here’s a guide of commands you can enter that @casey.liu shared :


#6

I have done it that way but It would look cleaner if there was a subscript or superscript (chemical formulas, making degrees symbol, etc…)

:slight_smile:


#7

When you say “cleaner” do you mean having it in-line with the text that typing outside of the math editor?


#8

Yes…:slight_smile: That would make science things easier.


#9

I see how to add subscripts in Questions but is is possible to do subscripts in answer sections?


#10

Not yet, but this is definitely something we’ve heard support for and are considering adding in the equation editor for students to use when responding to questions and for auto-grading as well. We collect every piece of feedback we get and use it to inform the features we work on :slight_smile:


#11

I agree as a science teacher that to be able to have subscripts or superscripts would be great. I have to go to Word, type it in, copy and paste it into my Formative.


#12

I’ve had similar issues in math. If you have lots of questions, you might offer a small ‘bank’ within the directions.

For example, I wanted students to show me how the graph would look for a composite inequality. So I put all the possible types of graphs in the directions and they could copy and paste the one that worked.