If you have not recently created a spreadsheet in Google Documents and used the free option to create a form, you should give it a try. I still subscribe to Surveymonkey and use it for some web surveys, but increasingly I find myself using Google Documents for web forms. Why?
- It is free so when I show it to someone and they say, “Boy that’s cool, I’d like to do that” my answer can be, “You can! Just use your Google Account and go to Google Documents.”
- It is easy to share access with others, whether you want to collaborate or just provide read-only access.
- Data in the spreadsheet is easy to aggregate, analyze and graph either online or in a downloadable Excel or Open Office Spreadsheet formatted file. We want students to understand the power and possibilities latent in data-driven decision making– There is no better way to do this than empowering students to become data gatherers and utilizers with a tool like Google Forms.
- Asking even a small number of people to email in responses to a series of questions can quickly become cumbersome. It is so much easier to ask folks to submit a quick online form. (Lee Lefever’s “Google Docs in Plain English” video is a good visual explanation of how this can get complex and unwieldy fast with a newsletter, but the same applies for other bits of info you need to collect from others.)
- You feel VERY powerful and uber-connected when you realize you have the power at your fingertips to share links to customized online forms anytime, anywhere.
Google forms now allows you to REQUIRE that folks enter certain fields before submitting the form:
As before, you can have text fields, text area fields, multiple choice, and other field types. I LOVE the language at the top of the page when you start creating a Google spreadsheet form: “Results will be magically entered into this spreadsheet!”
Isn’t that so true! All technology at some level is “magical.” Some people have more words to describe what is happening and how it works, but there is still an aura of magic and mystery around many technologies which can be at times hidden, and at other times very overt.
I love Google Documents, and especially the fact that access to them is free!
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- Learning Together at EdCamp Fort Worth (July 2013) - 2013
- Boiling River: Best Kept Secret In Yellowstone National Park - 2012
- Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone: Perfect for HDR iPhoneography - 2012
- OG&E Smart Hours Program is Saving Our Family Money This Summer - 2012
- Publishing video to YouTube and Celebrate Kansas Voices - 2010
- Google Voice and Latitude on the iPhone - Oops - 2009
- Great VoiceThread resources - 2008
- Great themes in HP5 movie (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) - 2007
- Great minds discuss open source - 2006