I’ve been a user of Google Forms forever, it seems. They’re a great way to collect opinions, quick testing, gathering observations, going paperless, … Entries come in with a timestamp and you can ask for identifying information or just keep it random. Things are done at the user keyboard and I think that, properly done, it’s one of the better electronic activities that you can use right in your classroom.
There are a couple of really neat features that you can use to make your work look and act even more professionally. Google continues to work at their offerings to make them mature and just add additional functionality.
Of course, there’s nothing better than a great looking form. But, don’t stick to the boring default – choose a cool theme. Select “Change Theme” from the menu bar and select from some looks that range from fun to professional looking.
Even the best theme can sometimes use a little tweak!
Within each theme (or the blank default), select the “Customise” option and change to your hearts content!
Once you have the perfect customised theme, you may not want to use it just once. In fact, you may have a theme that you’d like to use consistently throughout that class or that subject area.
Copy and apply that perfect theme to your new form! With a background or header image, you can have a consistent display (or even class messages) that appear every time you use that theme. Lots of ideas can be incorporated.
Mix It Up (but not too much)
Now, I don’t want to say that I went to school with a bunch of cheaters, but I can remember paper tests that were labelled “Test A” and “Test B” and even duplicated on different coloured paper. They were distributed such that even if you decided to take a peek at the person beside you the questions, while the same, were in a different order. That functionality is available for your Google Form. Of course, you could create two separate forms – but that’s old school! This is 2014.
Just click the “Shuffle question order” and each visitor to the form will have their questions shuffled. You’ve got to like that.
While you’re at it – there may be people trying to “game” your form by submitting multiple copies of it. Supposed you’re doing a little quiz and you don’t want to take the best results for an individual making multiples in the hopes of getting one that’s right! If they have and are logged into a Google account, check “Only allow one response per person”.
If you’re a Google Forms user, check out these features. Your forms will look, and work, awesomely.
You’ll look like the professional you are with these features.