Google Forms for Teachers


Google has many tools and apps that are valuable for teachers, and one of these is Google Forms.  If you have not used Google Forms yet, it is a powerful tool for student surveys, quizzes, and more.  These forms are free to use, and can be created through your Google Drive account.  Simply go to Create, Form on the left hand side of the screen.  Once you are in the form, you can have different templates and choose how you want your questions to look, such as multiple choice, paragraph, text, and more.  You can make the questions optional to answer or required.

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Once you have the forms set up, you can send out a link to the students in order for them to fill out the form.  To send the students a link, go to View, Live Form and copy and paste this URL.  If you believe that the link is too long, you can create a tiny URL for free, which will make the URL easier to handle.  Google Form collects the responses so you can view them in summary form (with graphs) or through a spreadsheet (by exporting from the File option).

Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers recently did a post about “A Handful of Helpful Google Forms Tutorials for Teachers.”  In this post he includes video tutorials for inserting photos and videos into Google Forms and a document on how to create quizzes in Google Forms.  He also has information on Doctopus, which is “a Google Spreadsheet script that can help teachers manage the flow of shared work in Google Drive accounts.”

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