Exciting new add-ons for Google Forms

Forms

 

A few weeks ago it was announced by Google that there are many new exciting add-ons been added to Google forms. I use Google forms most days and they really are fantastic. I use them in my lessons to design worksheets which are self marked using Flubaroo and to produce surveys for my students and in so many other ways across the school.

Here are just a few of the growing list of add-ons that you can use today with Google Forms:

  • formLimiter: Close your survey automatically, after a maximum number of responses is reached, or at a date and time of your choosing.
  • Ultradox Trigger: Create custom emails, reports, invoices, newsletters, etc., based on information that people enter into your form.
  • Form Values: Store and pull from lists that you use regularly in Forms, like a list of staff, students, rooms, resources or anything you want.

There is also a really interesting one that now means you can import graphs and mathematical expressions into forms which you couldn’t really do before, this will be great news for maths teachers. This is called gMath.

You can read more about them and how to access them here

Do you use Google forms? What do you use them for? Have you used any of the new add-ons yet?

Have you tried the Cultural Institute?

Over the weekend I was reflecting on a couple of thought provoking events in school in the last week held to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. I then looked online at the cultural institute and looked at many images and resources about the war.

British soldiers making Christmas decorations while recouperating at Fulham Hospital during WWI
British soldiers making Christmas decorations while recouperating at Fulham Hospital during WWI

It made me wonder how many people out there know about this fantastic resource that is freely available, so I thought I would feature it here.

What is the Google Cultural Institute? (Taken from Wikipedia)

“Google Cultural Institute is an initiative unveiled by Google following the 2011 launch of the Google Art Project. The Cultural Institute was launched in 2011, and put 42 new exhibits online on October 10, 2012.[1][2][3][4][5] It is “an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations.”[6] As of June 2013, the Cultural Institute included over 6 million items – photos, videos, and documents.[7] The Cultural Institute has partnered with a number of institutions to make exhibition and archival content available online, including the British Museum,[8][9][10] Yad Vashem,[11][12] the Museo Galileo in Florence,[13] the Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau,[14] and the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw.[15][16] The earliest notable, project was a searchable archive and online digital exhibition series, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which allowed people to access Nelson Mandela‘s personal diaries and previously unreleased drafts of his manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom

You can find out more here

Do you use this in your lessons? How are you using it?

How long is left Sir?

Google Timer

I am sure we all have them, but the other day one of the flash timers that I project on screen during lessons became corrupted and I couldn’t use it. I have used this for most of my teaching life and it had lots of cool features such as customized sound etc. So during a lesson I quickly Googled ‘Class Timer’ and came across this. I am sure that you probably already know about it or have a better version but for a simple timer to use during different activities in lessons it is really quick to load up and switch on. All you do is ‘Google it’ and it is the 1st hit. Then select the time and set full screen and away you go.

DHSB TEACHMEET PRESENTATIONS PART 4

Once again I had a great night at the teachmeet. I’m always amazed by the quality of ideas in the room. On Wednesday night I left feeling enthused and charged.

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If anyone wants more information about my presentation or wants to discuss anything feel free to contact me via twitter @createach

Grant Taylor

Saltash.net

DHSB TEACHMEET PRESENTATIONS PART 3

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People are always asking me “What is a Chromebook?” A Chromebooks is simply a low cost, fast, internet ready laptop. If you already use Google Chrome on your existing device e.g. Laptop then you already know how to use a Chromebook. There is nothing new to learn. To make the most of the Chromebook you will need to use Google Apps/Drive to make your life more productive :)
Ben Forte @ben40forte
Director of Learning Commons
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