Google Forms Made Easy, 2014 With Add Ons

I love Google Forms and with the proliferation of Scripts and Add Ons mostly thanks to New Visions for Public Schools' Cloud Lab, teachers now have the ability to automate tasks like never before! But this update just in! To make fabulous forms even better, Google introduced Add Ons directly in forms! Need to add those beautiful equations in your next quiz? Add them directly in Forms with the gMath Add On. Want to eliminate answer choices as they are selected, i.e. selecting parent conference times? Use the Choice Eliminator Add On. Check them out! They are right there in your Forms now! Here was the blog post from Google Drive announcing this addition. Want to get started? Check out the graphic below. 

I have been using Google Forms for years for a wide variety of reasons: 
  • Surveys
  • Assignment Dropbox
  • Idea Collector
  • Quizzes that grade themselves
  • Data Collection (Great for science classes)
  • Voting
  • Peer Review
  • Research (Just a different type of data collection!)
and much has been written about their varied uses like the ever-popular 80 (Now up to 81) Ways to Use Google FormsWe have some new-to-Google teachers in our building this year and prior to meeting with them, I decided to put together a little up-to-date cheat sheet they could rely on as they begin to discover the wonderful world that is Google Forms...

Creating a Google form isn't hard. And with all of the most recent updates, the possibilities for creating dynamic, beautiful forms is even easier! I know there's a lot of information here, but if you're not familiar with Google Forms, poke around and refer back to this graphic.

With the addition of images, math teachers can use the gMath Add On in Docs and Sheets to create equations for math quizzes. (The developer, John McGowan, is a great educator who every math teacher needs to follow!) The use of images is also a great way to structure social studies questions analyzing primary source documents with standardized testing type questions. The possibilities are endless. Features such as randomizing questions or just answer choices makes it harder for students to copy from their neighbors.

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