A new Form of education – Part I


This week we want to return to the classroom to explain how you can use Google Forms to set quizzes or surveys, and see student responses in real time.  

What is a Google Form?

A Google Form is a tool that allows you to create an online form comprising questions you’d see on a normal paper based form; e.g. free text, multiple choice, choosing from a list, rating on a scale etc.  Google forms can be shared with anyone and work just as beautifully on smartphones and tablets as they do on laptops or PCs.  Responses are captured in a Google Sheet that can easily be converted into Excel for further analysis on the responses.

Get building

To create your first Google Form, login to Google using your College account (firstname.surname@chrome.sussexdowns.ac.uk) and go to your Google Drive.  Then click ‘New’ > ‘More’ > ‘Forms’. Alternatively, once logged in, just click here.

Give your form a name and then start adding questions using ‘Add item’ and selecting the type of question.    When you’ve finished designing the form, hit send in the top right hand corner of the screen and you’ll see a pop up like this.

Send Form

This step is important and we recommend setting who can respond limited to Sussex Downs College and automatically collecting their username as shown above. This makes it so that your students don’t have to enter their details each time they submit a form, although they will need to be logged in to their College Google account. If you’re using Forms to make a quiz you’ll also probably want to tick the second box too, allowing only one response per person.

Alternatively, you could not tick this box but unless you want the responses to be anonymous, make sure you remember to ask them for their name  or student number.  You can then share the link with learners via Google Classroom, email, social media or iLearn.

Once you’ve shared your form you can hop onto the ‘View responses’ tab and see live incoming data graphed out for you.  This is useful for an at a glance summary of the class, but for a more detailed breakdown hit the “Create spreadsheet” button.

Create Spreadsheet

This creates a Google Sheets document that will store all respondents to your form. This lives in the same place on your drive as the form itself and shares its name (unless you change it), so you should find the two next to each other.

Linking to Classroom

You can also add your quiz to Google Classroom .   Copy the link you get from the ‘Send form’ box – it’s the middle option on the ‘send via’ tabs – and copy to your clipboard.

Classroom Create

Then, go onto your class on Classroom and create an assignment or an announcement and paste the link to your form as a hyperlink – fourth option along the bottom of the window – and add a title and description as normal.

Now your class will be able to access the front end of the survey/questionnaire and submit their responses.  As they do they’ll appear in real time on your Google Sheet.

Responses 1


There’s many ways you can work this into your classroom and your students learning experience. The most obvious would be a quiz or test, but you could also create a survey, a suggestions box (remember to allow multiple responses) or a poll.

It’s also a great way of supporting flipped learning as within Google Classroom you can add a video, and then use a form underneath to ask some questions.

The interface is really simple too, in fact it’s just been revamped to make it even slicker than it was before, so now’s a really great time to check out forms.

No more marking!

Well maybe not quite, but next week we’ll show you how you can automatically grade your Google Form quizzes  using Flubaroo. It provides you with instant visual feedback on which areas the class as a whole are struggling, and which individual students need extra help.  It all works inside the web browser which means it’ll work on any device.

Do let us know how you have used Google Forms or if you’d like some 1:1 support get in touch as always at innovation@sussexdowns.ac.uk.

We’re always on top form….sorry.


Google passwords get sync’d


In December 2014, the Innovation team piloted Google Classroom as a tool to simplify the process of giving feedback to students.

The response from staff and students was so positive that 3 months later we requested that all SDC staff and students should be automatically provided with a Google Apps for Education account.

We now have over 100 teaching staff actively using it to manage assignments and feedback.

If you use it, you’ll know that all students and staff currently have separate passwords to login into the College network and their Google Apps for Education account.

What’s changing

From Wednesday 18th November 2015, we are making a change so that when staff or students change their College network password, this will automatically update their Google password effectively synchronising both passwords.

This means that students and staff will no longer need to request passwords be reset via the helpdesk as they can do it themselves using Ctrl+Alt+Delete.  Staff can also reset a student’s password in the normal way.


Q – How can I reset a student’s College (and Google) password? 

A – From http://connect.sussexdowns.ac.uk go to  Tools > Student Info > Change Students Password or click here.

Q – Will all Google passwords be synchronised from Wednesday?

A – No. The synchronisation will happen next time a College network password is changed.

Q – If a student changes their Google password will this change their College password?

A – No. It only works from College password to Google password.

Q – I have more questions about Google account passwords.

A – Email helpdesk@sussexdowns.ac.uk

Q – I’d like some training on using Google Apps for Classroom e.g. Google Classroom.

A – Email professional.development@sussexdowns.ac.uk

Q – I’d like some more ideas on how to use Google Apps in my teaching.

A – Email innovation@sussexdowns.ac.uk