All posts by Sam Shuttleworth

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 ( 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

We’re always on top form….sorry.


Blended Learning goes Massive

We’re excited to tell you about a great opportunity to boost your learning technology skills and ideas. Introducing the Blended Learning Essentials MOOC.

Er… the what?

The Blended Learning Essentials MOOC is a 5-week online course starting Nov 2nd, focused on pedagogy and technology.

What’s it about?

In their words, by the end of the course you will be able to:

  • use a range of effective blended learning practices and pedagogies to improve your learners’ experience and attainment
  • understand how the many free and affordable technologies now available can enhance teaching and learning, and
  • approach new technologies with confidence, designing a pedagogical approach to make the best use of these tools

So what’s a MOOC?

A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is delivered typically through interactive online video, is open and free to anyone, and sometimes taken by hundreds of thousands of students at the same time all around the world.

The course already has 5,000 teachers in FE signed up, and we’d like as many of Sussex Downs College to take part.

Breakfast anyone?

To answer any queries arising during the course, the LTI team will be hosting breakfast and/or twilight sessions at the Eastbourne and Lewes campuses during the course.  These will provide a chance to discuss what you’ve learned, ask questions about what you’re not so sure about, and share your ideas for how you plan to use blended learning in your practice.

Campus Room Date Time Discussion
Eastbourne LTC, A Level Centre Tue 10/11/15 17.00-17.30 Week 1 content
Lewes 226, Cliffe Building Wed 11/11/15 13.30-14.00 Week 1 content
Lewes 226, Cliffe Building Tue 24/11/15 17.00-17.30 Week 2 & 3 content
Eastbourne LTC, A Level Centre Wed 25/11/15 08.15-08.45 Week 2 & 3 content
Eastbourne LTC, A Level Centre Tue 08/12/15 17.00-18.00 Week 4 & 5 content
Lewes 226, Cliffe Building Wed 09/12/15 17.00-18.00 Week 4 & 5 content

Tell us you’re attending here.

Flat out?

Remember, if you’re stretched for time right now, there’s no harm in signing up and then reviewing the material in your own time, at a later date.

So in case you missed it, here’s the link. And tell us you’ve signed up here.

(not so) Secret Agents

Last week we ended briefly mentioning our new Digital Agents initiative that we’re hoping to launch. But what is a digital agent?

The way we envision this program is as a way to draw students into the innovation and integration part of learning tech. These students, or College Digital Agents – CoDAs as we’ve taken to calling them will come from all across the wider college. We want a broad range of students from all disciplines and interests, not just those already with a strong knowledge of technology.

They will provide student feedback, telling us how we’re doing at integrating technology. They’ll explore how to develop and improve its use, suggest new approaches and give us other students views on them.

Currently the idea is being pitched to this year’s Student Executive and we’re excitedly waiting on their feedback. Watch this space to find out more.