Our IT department has decided to try something different when it comes to providing professional development to staff. We have been hard at work producing videos that cover various tools and tips in a more conversational format. Below is our introduction to Google Forms, hosted by yours truly and Tom Rup, our network administrator.
In addition to the Drive web app, Google recently created a web interface for each of their primary Drive apps:
Using these interfaces allows the user to see all of the files that are stored in their Google Drive that can be accessed by the particular app. For example, navigating to slides.google.com will show all of the Google Slides files stored in your Drive, as well as any presentations formatted for Microsoft PowerPoint that the Slides app can read.
At the top of the interface will be displayed a list of templates provided by Google for users to start with; why re-invent the wheel if you don’t have to, right? Clicking on the TEMPLATE GALLERY link in the top-right corner of the window will expand the bar to reveal additional available templates.
Now, Google has added the ability for G Suite for Education and Work users to use and upload their own artifacts to the TEMPLATE GALLERY under a tab for their organization.
- Navigate to one of the app web interfaces listed above.
- Click on the TEMPLATE GALLERY button in the top-right corner of the page.
- At the top-left there should now be two tabs: GENERAL and YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME. Click on the latter.
- Templates that have already been contributed to the gallery will now be displayed. Use the SUBMIT TEMPLATE button in the top-right corner of the page to upload and share your own template(s).
NOTE: If you do not see the new galleries, then this feature may have been disabled. Contact your Google Admin about requesting access to the new galleries and template submission option. For more information, please refer to this post on the G Suite Updates blog.
In my Digital Citizenship class, I sometimes use a Google Form as an assessment tool with my students. While a Google Form cannot be embedded into Google Classroom’s Stream (soon Google, yes?), one can easily attach the link to the live form. The first time I did this I posted the Form link as an Announcement, but then couldn’t tell when students actually completed the assessment. The second time around I posted the Form link as part of an Assignment, but while students remembered to ‘Submit’ the completed Form many forgot to ‘Turn In’ the assignment in Classroom. Now, I realize that I could just open up the Form Responses spreadsheet to check for completion, but I was so hoping for a more…efficient way to spot-check completion. That’s when Google does what it does best: change.
Last week in the Google for Education feed on Google Plus, they announced improved integration between Classroom and Forms (click here for the post). Now you can attach a Google Form to an assignment in Classroom (i.e. forgo the paper clip option and instead choose ‘Attach Google Drive Item’). Then, when students go to submit your Form, they will be prompted to also TURN IN the assignment in Classroom. As an added bonus, when teachers go to the Google Forms assignment in Classroom there is now a direct link to the Form Responses spreadsheet.
Sometimes you just have to embrace “Living in Beta.”
This tutorial will show how to generate a link to a pre-filled version of your Google Form that can then be used as an exemplar to show to your audience.
This tutorial will show how to configure the improved Form Settings tool and the Confirmation Page tool. The Form Settings tool configures how your Google Form will respond when a user arrives at your form, while the Confirmation page tool configures how your form will respond when a user completes it.
This tutorial will show how to customize your theme in Google Forms. Choose from a list of pre-made themes to start then zoom in to customize individual options.
This tutorial will show where your Google Forms response data are stored and how to manage the responses settings to meet your data collection needs.
For a detailed description of the different form response choices and locations where your responses data are stored, please browse to the Google Forms knowledge base here.