Getting Started with Google Forms

Google Forms have streamlined so many cumbersome and time consuming tasks I previously did with pen and paper. I was training a group of teachers last week and was surprised to find that none of them had ever used Forms with students. When I stammered, “Why not?” Several replied that they were not sure how Forms worked.

Here are some basics:

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At any point, you can click “View live form” at the top in the grey bar to see what your Google Form will look like when you share the link with students. The URL for the “live form” is what you want to share with students, so they can complete the actual form. (Note: This grey and white view is the your form in edit mode.)

I’d suggest always beginning your Google form by requesting your students:

    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Class Name
    • Email Address

This information is key and so easy to forget on your first foray into using Google Forms! It is also fantastic to have this information if you plan to experiment with scripts, which you can install on your spreadsheets to automate a variety of functions. My favorite scripts include FormEmailer (email students directly from your spreadsheet), Flubaroo (automatically grade quizzes and email results), and Doctopus (to manage and share documents with students or groups).

Ideas for Using Google Forms with Students

1. Collect student data with a survey

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2. Take your rubrics online

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3. Peer Editing with Purpose

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4. Class Evaluations

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5. Exit Tickets

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Have fun with Forms! If you are using forms in a creative way, please share!

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13 Responses to Getting Started with Google Forms

  1. Pam Bowe says:

    I create forms for my students to use as digital drop boxes for their papers. The form asks for their names, class, and then their Google Drive URL for their paper. When I go to read their writing or assignments, I go to the spreadsheet and use the links to get to their papers. No more having to organize their papers in my Google Drive. Coolest thing. Some videos on this on YouTube. This has become quite common in our school so students are used to it.

    • Hi Pam,

      That’s a great way to streamline the workload. I don’t download anything into Google drive. I create “Labels” in my Gmail then set the filters to automatically sort papers that are shared with me when I get the little email alert.

      Thank you for sharing this strategy! I know other teachers who love this approach.


  2. Denise Martin says:

    Can you create one gmail for an entire class? I’m in an elementary school and I would like to show my teachers this, but our students don’t have email. Thanks!

    • Hi Denise,

      Your students do not need a Gmail to fill out a Google form. If you have a Gmail, you can collect all of their responses in a spreadsheet in your account.

      I would be nervous to sign up for a single email that a large number of students would use. There are potential problems with that approach in terms of privacy and organization.


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  4. Roy Breiling says:

    I’ve just started with Google forms and would like to create at test. I would like the object (image), let’s say a musical note, on top of the questions and then the multiple choice possibilities below. Is that possible? I can’t seem to make that work.

    Thank you for your response.


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  7. Maura says:

    I love your idea t0 use forms to compete rubrics. Can you give me more information about how you send the feedback to the students? Our school has common assessment rubrics for each of the writing strands using CCS standards. Any ideas how I could modifiy those rubrics to a Google form?

    • Hi Maura,

      When Google added “add-ons” to Sheets, I was no longer able to use the FormEmailer script to send students emails directly from a spreadsheet. I used to email students their rubric scores directly from the spreadsheet. Now, I use Goobric to copy and past completed rubrics into my students’ documents. Here is a blog I wrote about using Doctopus and Goobric to grade digitally.

      I hope that helps!


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