5 Tips to Design Better Forms

Google Forms is a marvelous tool in the classroom. Get even more value out of form by applying these five tips that go beyond the basics.

1. Use validation to collect better data

Your Google Form is only as good as the data it collects. If your data is a mess, it won’t be very useful.  Many of the question types in Google Forms offer a setting called “response validation.”

2. Make your form look pretty!

While Forms has added the ability to change the header image, background, and some limited font options, with a little effort you can really make your form look nice!  I frequently split my form into different sections and use the image element to add graphics.

3. Automate with Add-ons

Once you’ve mastered the essential elements of forms, you MUST dive into add-ons.  Add-ons are like apps for Google Drive. To become a true Form Fanatic you need to be familiar with add-ons for forms AND sheets.  Add-ons will help you work more efficiently and create automated systems.

4. Filter, Sort, and Pivot your Data!

We use Google Forms to collect data. Once someone submits a form, the information gets dumped into Google Sheets…and things get interesting!  A spreadsheet is an amazing tool for collecting and organizing information.

5. Autograde and lock your quizzes!

Google Forms has a special quiz mode that will auto-grade student choices!  Stop wasting your precious time hand-grading paper quizzes! Auto grade them!  Don’t limit your quiz to traditional multiple choice questions!

The information for this post was taken from an article by John Sowash in TECH & LEARNING, follow this link for the complete article and more details.