Google Forms Basics

For all the how to information on Google forms use the GSuite Training extension. Click here to add the extension to your browser. If you're not sure how to add the extension or what the GSuite extension is click here and scroll down for more information. 

Options in Forms to Explore Using GSuite Trianing
-collect usernames.
-required questions (student must answer question to submit)
-edit responses
-see summary of responses after submitting
-customize the colours
-add images/videos to questions
-add images to responses

*Fun Features*
Google forms has become more intuitive when creating questions, as you type your question Forms will choose a "response type" for you (this can be changed if you don't agree with Google). For example, if you have a "What.." question Forms will automatically create a multiple choice response type; if you have the word "explain or comment" in your question, Forms will select a paragraph response. 

You can also create an "add a file" questions so students/users can upload a document to your form. When they submit the form you have access to the file in your Form Responses and/or Spreadsheet of responses. This is useful for collecting hard copy forms or if you would like a final copy of an assignment submitted.  

Create Choose Your Own Adventure Stories

Here's an example of a Choose Your Own Adventure created by Sylvia Duckworth

Google Forms can be used by students to create Choose Your Own Adventure stories. If creating a Choose Your Own Adventure Story, it is important to plan the story out before creating it in Forms. The process is a bit extensive but can quickly get confusing if not planned out first. 

The example to the right is what a completed Choose Your Own Adventure story looks like in Google Forms. Instructions for how to create a Choose Your Own Adventure in Forms created by Sylvia Duckworth (EdTechTeams)



Summative Assessments

Google forms allows you to create Quizzes that can be marked automatically with the mark being sent to the student as soon as they complete the quiz, or wait and review the quizzes and provide feedback on questions before sending students their mark. You can turn any form into a Quiz (if you have already created a Form that isn't a quiz) or you can create a new Quiz by creating a new Form. 

Creating a New Quiz in Forms


Turning an Existing Form into a Quiz


 Creating a Quiz in Google Forms

Formative Assessment

Forms can also be used to collect/record formative assessments of students "on the fly". Create a form with student initials in a drop down question, the outcome(s) you are assessing in a new question and your assessment scale as a multiple choice question. You may also want another question as paragraph form to record notes or observations for the assessment. Forms are easy to fill in on your device, this allows you to fill in observational or formative assessments while walking around your classroom. 

Building Formative / Observation Assessments with Google Forms

Data Collection and Graphs

Google Forms can be used for easy data collection and analysis. Create a form with Multiple Choice, Checklist or Drop Down questions. As soon as forms are submitted, Forms automatically creates the most appropriate summary graphs. You can also quickly create a spreadsheet for further analysis of the data. 

Summary Graph Examples


Example of a summary of multiple choice or drop down question.



Example of a summary of paragraph or written responses.


Creating a Form for Data Collection

Using Forms for Sign Ups

Example of a student sign up form.

Creating a Form for sign ups can be used for students signing up for projects, for bringing snacks for a celebration, signing up for options courses. In a sign up form create a short answer question for students to put their name and then, depending on what the sign up is for, a multiple choice question, check box question or short answer question could be used. It is also recommended that you collect the student username automatically. This is helpful in cases where a student does not put their actual name or to quickly email a group of students quickly.