Now that you have learned all there is to learn about Google Forms you may want to print physical hardcopies of the tutorial. Feel free to distribute my sheets for non-commercial purposes.
Now that you have learned all there is to learn about Google Forms you may want to print physical hardcopies of the tutorial. Feel free to distribute my sheets for non-commercial purposes.
In the last part you learned how to create a self-marking Google Forms quiz. Now we will see that there is always more to learn, and always more to explore. Even though you have learned how to create self-marking forms, your journey is not at an end. Sadly, your journey with me has all but reached its conclusion. In this part you will be exposed to a few more features you can explore on your own time to fully unlock the power of Google Forms.
You will find a few more features that could be useful to your Google Forms experience in this section.
On the results screen you will notice a white cross in a green square. Clicking on this will allow you to format all responses as a Google Sheet.
This file can be used in Excel or in Google Sheets. There are a number of complex calculations you can do with raw data generated by Google Forms.
Sharing a pre-filled form can be accomplished by using the three-dot-menu at the top of your form, and selecting Get pre-filled link. This will take you to a page where you can answer a number of questions. When you click submit you will be given a link. Any user who uses that link will start with your pre-filled answers, rather than blank answers.
From the three-dot-menu for a specific question you can select “Shuffle option order”. This will randomize the order the answers are shown for that question.
This could prevent users from looking at other screens and selecting “the second option”.
Do not worry, this will not affect the self-marking correct answer.
Similar to shuffling responses, you can set the form to shuffle the order of the questions. This can be set in the Presentation section of the form settings.
This is not recommended if you use videos or images, as they will be shuffled too!
In our Next Part you will be able to download a PDF guide that can be printed out for convenient offline access.
In the last part you learned how to make an Advanced Google Form. Now that you know how to create a number of different types of forms, you will be putting those skills to use in an effort to make your life easier. If you have not read the previous chapters, please familiarize yourself with that material, as terms and concepts will be referred to in the creation of our next Google Form. It is important to know that Google Forms can be used to make both self-marking and manual-marking quizzes. Their ability to give students immediate feedback makes them excellent teaching tools.
Before we create a self-marking quiz it is important to understand the differences between quiz forms and the Google Forms we have looked at up to this point. Once you are comfortable with the ideas and concepts of creating a Google Forms Quiz, you will have no problem making a self-marking quiz.
What we will learn in this section:
Create a new blank form and:
What we will learn in this section:
Now that you have a form set up, with multiple sections, images, videos, and titles, it’s time to turn it into a quiz. While you could just allow students to fill out the form, as normal, and check their answers in the results page – keeping track of their grades on a separate sheet of paper, there is a more integrated way to use the Quiz functionality of Google Forms.
First, click on the settings icon at the top of the screen. Next, select the Quiz tab and toggle the option “Make this a quiz” to on.
You will be presented with a number of options. They may seem confusing and overwhelming at first, but after a moment’s pause to take them in you will realize they’re quite straight forward.
Release Grade has two options. If you select “Immediately” then students will be given their grade as soon as they complete their quiz. This is useful if the quiz is all multiple choice, and you want to ensure students are aware of corrections straight away.
If you were creating a quiz that tested students’ knowledge on a new digital literacy tool, immediate feedback is excellent as the user can correct themselves straight away.
“Later” allows you to go through all of the results before you students are informed of their marks. We will need to select this option as we have Paragraph Questions that will require manual marking.
Ensure that you have selected the Radio Button beside Later, after manual review.
Note that if you hover the mouse cursor over the help icon it will explain what the other options do. I would recommend keeping them checked.
Now that you have turned your form into a quiz, you will notice that every question has a new option. Click on the first question, “Explain how this image targets a specific gender, or how it manages to remain gender neutral.”
You will notice at the bottom of the question there is a new option: ANSWER KEY.
Click ANSWER KEY to access the Feedback and Points screen.
From this screen you can assign the amount of points this question will be worth. For our purposes we will assign the paragraph questions 3 points each.
Assign the multiple choice and checkbox questions 1 point each.
This will give us a quiz that has a total score of 10.
Assign these points now, by clicking on the individual questions and entering the correct point value.
While we haven’t reached the stage where google can mark paragraph responses… yet – we are at the stage where it can quickly mark your multiple choice and checkbox questions.
All you have to do is tell the Quiz what the correct answers are.
You may have noticed when setting point values that you can also set the correct answers. Doing so is simple. Just return to the questions, and click the correct answer on the ANSWER KEY screen.
Note: Should you wish, you can assign multiple correct answers.
For the Checkbox question, it is important that all correct answers are selected.
When you hand back the quiz through the results screen, students will be made aware of the correct answers for multiple choice questions. However, if you want more specific feedback that is returned – depending on if the answer was correct or incorrect – you can add it from the ANSWER KEY screen.
Simply click on ADD ANSWER FEEDBACK.
Select the question Which character is not one of the main Lego Friends?
And Add feedback for INCORRECT ANSWERS:
It’s understandable that you thought Stephanie was not one of the Lego friends, as she is the only one whose name does not end with “A”, however, the correct answer (Sandra) can be discovered by watching the introduction scene.
Note that you can also include a weblink that might direct the user to information that would help reinforce the graded skill.
Note: You might also find it helpful to include feedback to the paragraph answers. You might include remarks such as:
By doing this, when you are reviewing and marking the quiz you can delete skills users successfully demonstrated, while leaving comments to remind them of their areas of need. This will prevent you from needing to re-write similar comments time and time again.
Now that your quiz is fully set up with questions, grades, and correct answers you are ready to deploy it into the wild. However, before you do take a moment to answer it yourself. This will allow you to ensure everything is working as expected.
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Having run through the quiz, yourself, you will have one response to assess. Toggle your quiz to the RESPONSE screen.
You will be greeted with a summary of results. Note that only the automatically graded questions will be marked at this time.
The meaningful section of the results screen is the individual results pages. Use the toggle to select individual results.
Note that you can now view the entire quiz on one scrolling page. You can see both correct and incorrect questions marked with checks and Xs.
Beside each question, you will also notice a grade out of the total available points.
Correct choices will be displayed next to incorrect answers, and if you have assigned specific feedback that will also be provided in the individual results.
Note: Should you wish, you can override the automatically assigned grade, as well as the automatic feedback.
As we know, written responses cannot be marked automatically. However, the answers students wrote will be displayed under the question – just as they are with multiple choice questions.
From this screen you can assign a grade using the points selector to the right of the question.
You can also click on ADD INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK which will open up a screen to write a specific response. If you added feedback while making the quiz, that will be displayed. You can add or remove anything you wish from these comments.
These will only be displayed to the user who wrote the answer you are currently grading.
When you have finished assigning grades to an individual user, it is imperative that you click the SAVE button at the bottom of the screen.
Due to the nature of technology, I advise that you save often throughout the marking process – especially if you have written a number of detailed notes in response to a written answer.
You can use the response selector at the top of each individualized response to navigate through each user’s quiz.
Note that their e-mail address is recorded, indicating who wrote the response. You also have the option to delete, or print a hard copy, of their response.
Once you have selected a new response, simply repeat the grading process.
Now that you have marked each quiz, you will notice that the results in the summary screen are far more valuable. Use them to assess your practice.
You can return results from either the Individual Result screen or the summary screen. To do so click the RELEASE SCORES button.
On the Summary screen this button can be found above the scores summary:
On the indivudal Results screen this button can be found on the individual results bar at the top:
Once you have clicked on the button you will be able to select some, or all, of the results to return. Select the results you wish to return by checking the box next to the users’ email addresses.
You can also add a message that will be included with the results. I suggest you add
“Please find, attached, the results from your quiz. If you have any questions about your grade, feel free to contact me.”
Once you have added the message click SEND EMAILS AND RELEASE.
It’s important to know what students will see when they have a quiz returned to them. In their e-mail they will see their final grade, and be prompted with a button to view the results.
When they click on the VIEW button they will see a screen similar to what you saw when you were marking their responses. The only difference is they will not be able to edit their grade, or comments.
Note: If you selected “Release Grade Immediately” students could view this screen directly after submission.
You’re now a master of Google Forms. You can mark complex forms, and create self-grading quizzes. You’re amazing!
In our Next Part we will discover that there’s always more to learn.
In the last part you learned how to make a basic Google Form. This section will expand your knowledge of Google Form creation. Not only will you create a form with a variety of question types, we will also add images, videos, titles, and sections. Finally, you will create multi-branching forms where specific responses will lead users to different questions.
Having learned how to create a basic form in Chapter Two, you will be tasked to create a quick form that we will add new, and interactive elements to.
What we will learn in this section:
To begin, create a new form titled “Gender and Video Games”
Add the following three questions:
How familiar are you with Video Games?
Which elements do you commonly find in video games?
Note: You can copy and paste a number of choices into your form, so long as they are formatted as one choice per line.
Do you prefer games with Male protagonists or Female protagonists?
To add an image to your form, you need to click the Add Image button on the Insert Options toolbar.
You can choose to upload an image from your computer, paste the URL to an image, take a picture using a webcam, or add an image from your Google Drive.
However, the easiest way to add an image to your form is to click on the Search option. This allows you to search Google Images for a specific image.
For our purposes search for “Video Game Characters”
You can refine your search by colour, if you want to keep a specific theme. Right now, you are searching for an image that displays a number of video game characters. Choose one that suits your needs by clicking on it.
Then click the select button in the bottom left. This will add the image to your form.
Use the movement tab to drag the image all the way to the top of your form.
Adding a video is nearly identical to adding an image. Click on the Add video button, search for an appropriate video, and click the select button.
For our purposes search for a video about video game characters. I searched for “Cammy vs Guile” and selected:【SSF4 AE Ver.2012】Cammy (Kitano Takeshi) vs Guile (COMEON0418788) – Endless Battle
I used this video because Cammy and Guile are essentially the same character (highly trained western military officers) – however, a number of gender distinctions are obvious when comparing the two.
You can feel free to adding a video about Mario Kart, Zelda, or anything else that is relevant to video games.
Once you have added this video, use the movement tab to drag it above your second question.
Once the video has been added, and placed above the question Which elements do you commonly find in video games? add a description to the question.
The description should read: To answer this question, use your own prior knowledge, as well as information gained through watching the above clip.
Click on the video, and you will see a blue rectangle with four square anchor points in the corners. Click on the bottom left anchor and drag it, to enlarge the video.
Next, click to the side of your video clip and you will notice a three-dot-menu is displayed. Click on it, and select “Center align”.
Adding a title is even easier than adding an image for video. Simply click on the Add title button, and an “Untitled Title” will pop up.
Rename the title “What do You Know?” and drag it to the top, using the movement tab.
Copy the title, just like you would copy a question. Rename the copy to “Video Game Characters” and drag it above the video you added.
Copy that title, and rename the copy to “What do You Prefer?” and drag it above your final question.
Now, when you preview your form, you will see that each question has its own heading. You may want to use less headings on your own forms, going forward. The colour of the title changes depending on the theme you have selected.
Note: You can also add a description below titles if you want. This can be a great way to create different parts of your form.
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Forms can be broken up into sections. Each section is a different “screen” for the user. This can be useful when you want a user to be focused on a new idea or concept in your form. It can also help keep a multi-question form from scrolling ever-downwards, without end.
To create a new section, simply click on the Add section button on the Insert Options toolbar.
Note that the new section will be created directly below your currently selected object (question, titile, image, or video).
If you make a mistake, you can either use the keyboard shortcut [CTRL+Z] to undo the creation of the section, or you can click on the three-dot-menu for the section, and select “Merge with above”.
Note, you can also drag objects between sections, just as you would move them around on a form without sections.
Ensure that your new section is created after the final question. Rename it from Untitled Section to Female Protagonists.
Now, after your last question, there is a button to go to the NEXT page, rather than a submission button.
Create the following three questions:
How are women in video games normally represented?
Do you see your values represented in female video game characters?
Explain what values you see, or do not see, represented in the characters?
Through data validation we can add certain requirements to our questions. For example, if we wanted the user to consider a number of different ways women are portrayed in video games, we might want them to pick more than one of the six options. However, perhaps we don’t want them to pick all of them. We want them to be specific.
First, add a description to the question that reads Choose the three options that best apply.
Note that when you went into the three-dot-menu to add a description to the question, there was also an option reading “Data Validation”. Click it.
New options will have appeared at the bottom of your question.
Choose Select exactly, change the number to 3, and add a custom error text of “You must select exactly three options.”
Failure to add a custom error message will display the default of “Must select exactly 3 options”
Now that you’re an expert of Data Validation, add some to your paragraph answer as well. Note that the type of data validation is different for this question. You aren’t adding restrictions on what options the user can choose, instead you’re ensuring they have a specific character count.
Since the average word length in English is five characters, set the minimum character count to 500. This is approximately 100 words.
If you need two similar sections, it can be advantageous to simply duplicate them. We require another section exactly like the Female Protagonists, but for Male Protagonists. Rather than creating the questions again, we will just copy the entire section.
To duplicate a section, scroll to the top of the section, and click on the three-dot-menu and choose “Duplicate section.”
You will now have an exact copy below your current section.
Rename the duplicated section to Male Protagonists.
Change the word women to men in the first question.
Change the word female to male in the second question.
Add an image of a female video game character to the top of the Female Protagonists section, and a male video game character to the top of the Male Protagonists section
I used Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda series.
Now that you’ve completed your new section, click the preview button and navigate through your form. Note that after the first section, you will reach the second sections, and then the third section, before you can submit.
Looks pretty good, but we’re not done yet!
What we will learn in this section:
Scroll all the way back to the last question of section one. Note that at the end of that section it says “After section 1 Continue to next section”. If you click on Continue to next section you will open a dropdown menu:
You can choose what should happen once the user completes that section. Should that end the form, leading to submission, or should it lead to section 3, or simply continue to the next numerical section?
We are not going to be changing this. But – it is important to understand that you can select what section will be displayed after clicking the NEXT button.
You do not need to send your users through each section on your form. There may be times when you want users to be asked certain questions only if they gave certain answers to a prior question.
For our purposes, we are going to use the last question in the first section to determine if the user will be asked the Male Protagonist questions or the Female Protagonist questions.
Click on the Do you prefer games with Male protagonists or Female protagonists? question. Click on the three-dot-menu, and select Go to section based on answer.
Once you have selected this, each of the multiple choice options will display a dropdown menu allowing you to choose which section that specific answer will send the user to.
Set the options so that answering Male Protagonist will send the user to the Male Protagonist section, and that answering Female Protagonist will send the user to the Female Protagonist section.
If you preview the form, you will notice that if the user selects Male Protagonist, they will go to the final section, and be able to submit their results. However, if they select Female Protagonist they will be send to the Male Protagonist section after clicking NEXT in the Female Protagonist section.
Refer back to Step 15 for information on how to change a section to submit upon completion, rather than continuing to the next section.
Scroll to the bottom of Section Two, click on Continue to next section and change it to Submit form.
That’s it. You’re done. You have a beautiful form with a number of sections, integrated video and images, and helpful titles.
At this point you have learned all the advanced features of basic Google Forms.
In our Next Part we will learn how to create a self-marking quiz, or a more advanced test that self-marks the multiple choice questions, while allowing the creator to mark the written responses.
In the last part you were introduced to Google Forms, and learned the basics of the two different screens. Now you are about to be guided through the creation of your first Google Form. This chapter will teach you how to create a form that can be used to collect basic student information. In the first section of this chapter, you will familiarize yourself with the form screen. In the second section you will learn how to title your form, how to add a description, and how to add multiple choice and how to add a short answer question.
The third section of this chapter will teach you more advanced features such as adding titles, adding images, and adding a second section. By the time you have finished this chapter you will be well on your way to creating Google Forms for use with your students, and co-workers.
Note: This tutorial was made to highlight Google Forms use at the Toronto District School Board, so there are a number of specific references to @tdsb email addresses, and services. That you may be operating through a different organization will not have any impact on this tutorial, aside from your information being displayed rather than that of the TDSB.
By now you have created a new blank form. We are going to be creating a very basic Student Information form to collect information.
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The first thing you’ll want to do is click on the Form Name, and change it from Untitled form to Student Information Gathering.
Next you’ll want to change the file name. If you have not touched that part of the form yet, when you click on the file name Untitled form in the top left corner it should automatically switch to your new form name. If you have already clicked in that box you will need to name the form manually. Be sure to give it the same name as the Form Name.
It’s important to explain to people what the purpose of the form is. Even though it might be obvious to you, communicating that to the user is also important.
Beneath your new title, you will see the words “Form description”. Once you click on that, a purple (or a colour matching your form’s theme) indicator line will appear letting you know that you are editing the text in a specific section.
You may now type in a description of your form. For our purposes type the following:
This form will collect your basic student information. It will be used to learn a little more about you, allowing lessons to be tailored to your needs.
By default Google Forms has already created your first question. Click on the words Untitled Question and rename it to Preferred Student Name.
You will notice that this is currently a multiple choice question. As you do not want to have to create all the options for various names, this is not a good question type to collect their name.
Click on the words Multiple Choice and open up the Question Type menu. Select Short Answer instead.
You have now created the first question for your form.
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Click on the Preview Button to open up your form and view it the way your users will. From here you can either close the new browser tab and return to editing your form, or you can fill out your form and submit it.
Please fill out your preferred name, and click submit. Note that once you click submit you will be told that your result has been recorded. Now, close this tab and return to the form editing screen.
Your form now has one response. By toggling to the response screen you can switch between a summary of all responses, and individual response pages.
Note: Currently Accepting Reponses is toggled on. If you wish to stop allowing form submissions simply toggle this to the off position. For now, we will just leave it alone.
Because this response isn’t very useful to us, you will want to delete it. To do so, click on Individual so that you are viewing the reponse with your name on it. Then click on the trashcan icon.
Return to the Questions section, to continue editing your form. You can view results later by returning to the Results screen.
On the Insert Options bar, click the Add Question button. It will add a new question directly below the currently selected question.
You may notice that you did not have a selected question, and so the new question appeared at the top of your form. Since we want the new question to appear after the preferred name question you have two options. You could delete the new question, select the preferred name question, and then add a new question again… or you could click on the question movement tab and drag the question to its desired location.
Moving questions is important, as you will later move other parts of your form the same way. Click on the movement tab now, and drag the question a few times until you feel comfortable.
Note: If you can’t find it, the move questions tab is represented by the six dots at the top middle of each question. They will appear on the currently selected question, as well as appear on any question you hover over with the mouse.
Rename this question to Preferred Gender / Pronoun.
This time multiple choice is a great fit for our question type. Click on Option 1 and rename it to Female / She. Next, click on the words Add Option to add a new option. Rename Option 2 to Male / He.
Note: If you accidentally create an unnecessary option, simply click the X to the right of the question to delete it.
You may also notice a six dotted move tab appears to the right of the options. You can click on it to move the options into whatever order you prefer.
Finally, understanding that gender is a spectrum you will need to click on ADD “OTHER” which will create a third option, allowing students to fill in their preferred gender / pronoun if it is not found in the choice above.
Once more, click on the preview button. Click on the three options under Preferred Gender. Note how you can only choose one of the three options, and that if you choose Other a space will open up for you to write in your own answer.
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Add a new question under Preferred Gender and change it to Checkbox. This is similar to multiple choice, but it will allow users to select more than one response.
Change the question name to Access to Technology. Add the following options:
Device that can take digital pictures
Device that can record digital video
Note: Instead of clicking “Add option” each time, you can simply press [ENTER] once you have typed in a response, to begin adding a new response.
The previous question might be confusing for users. Are they clicking that they know about, what they have, what they want? You can clarify this by adding a question description.
To do this, click on the question options menu in the bottom right of your question. Then click on description. This will create a new section under your question name. There, you can add text to clarify the question. Add the following description:
Please check the box beside each item you have access to.
Create a new question and change it to a Paragraph type. Name the question: What is something your teacher should know about you?
We will now create our fifth and final question. It will also be a paragraph question. Rather than creating a new question, and changing the type to paragraph, simply click on the copy question button.
You will now have an exact copy of your previous question. Rename this one to What is the most important thing that makes you awesome?
Students often have a hard time explaining good things about themselves. But it’s important for you to know – and for them to know – what makes them so amazing. So, rather than allowing them an easy way out, leaving this question blank, we are going to make answering it a requirement.
To make a question required, simply click on the required toggle, ensuring that the circle is flipped to the right. Any question you mark as such must be answered before users will be allowed to submit their response.
You now have a finished Google Form! That’s amazing! I have no doubt that you’ll be able to create all sorts of interesting forms now. But to be valuable, you’ll need to share them with others.
There are two main ways to do that – each way starts by clicking on the Share button at the top of the screen.
This will open up the Send form screen.
The first thing I recommend you do is check Automatically collect respondent’s TDSB username. This will ensure that you know who submitted the response, correlating it with their TDSB e-mail address.
If you want this form to be useable for people without a TDSB account, simply uncheck:
Restrict to TDSB users in the Form Settings.
You now have two main options to share your form. You can manually type in the e-mail addresses of each person you want to send the form to. You can also add a “Subject line” and “message” that will appear when they are e-mailed the form.
Another way to share the form with users is to click on the link tab, next to Send via.
From here you can copy the link (shortening it if you want) and simply paste that link to your Google Classroom, in an e-mail, through a social media platform, or any other way you can think of.
That’s it. You’re done. You can send your form out into the wild now to gain feedback. If you’d like, you might want to change or add a few more questions. Once you’ve done that, you can use this basic form with your own students!
In our Next Part we will learn how to create a more advanced Google Form.
Google Forms in an online data collection tool. It can be used to collect survey responses, or to automatically mark multiple choice tests and quizzes. It is capable of branching questions paths, allowing for the answer to one question to drive the next line of questioning.
As with any powerful tool, it can be somewhat complex. By approaching the program through this step-by-step tutorial you will find yourself both familiarized, and ready to approach everything that Google Forms has to offer.
To begin, navigate your web browser to http://forms.google.com
In this part I hope to familiarize you with the basic features of Google Forms. Before you embark on creating and collecting data from your own forms, it is important to understand what the capabilities and limitations of the tool you are using are.
The Dropdown Menu allows you to access the other primary Google Tools (Docs, Sheets, and Slides). It also allows you to access the basic settings for Google Forms, as well as your Google Drive. Finally, you will also find a searchable help section here.
Clicking on this button will take you to the New Form Screen. For more on the New Form Screen see the section Chapter 2: Creating a Basic Form.
For those who do not want to start with a blank form, there are a number of suggested templates that Google Forms thinks might be helpful for your needs. Clicking on a template builds a pre-made form, waiting to be edited for your specific purposes.
There are a number of additional templates built into Google Forms. By clicking on the Template
Gallery option, you will be able to view, and choose
from, a number of templates. They are sorted by Education, Personal, and Work.
There are a number of additional menus that are common to all Google Suites. From left to right they are, The Google Apps menu, which allows you to view all the programs google makes available, Notifications where information about new updates will be displayed, Your Account where you can access personal settings, or sign-out, and G-Suite Training where you can learn advanced features, and find help for whatever questions you may have.
The last few forms you have created or accessed will be available in the quick menu allowing for fast access to the most relevant forms you created.
Should you want to access an older form, they can be found by searching. Using the various search options finding your desired form is a simple task.
Now that you’re familiar with the Home Screen, you will need to familiarize yourself with the other important screen in Google Forms, the Form Screen.
To access the form screen, you will need to click on the Create New Form button on the Home Screen. This will open up an Untitled form for you to edit.
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this screen as the following tutorials will refer to a number of elements on this screen.
The File Name is how the form will appear in your Google Drive. It is advisable to use the form name for the file name.
The style selector will allow you to change the colour or theme of your form. It is purely cosmetic.
Clicking this button will allow you to view your form as a user would. Results can be submitted through the preview mode. Any forms submitted through preview mode will be counted towards your total results.
The form settings allow you to toggle a number of options. They include, but are not limited to, collecting the e-mail addresses of those who fill out the form. This is important if you want to know who submitted the response. You can limit responses to one per e-mail address, allow users to edit their response after submission, or use the more advanced presentation or quiz functions.
More information on how to create a quiz will be presented in Creating Your First Quiz.
The share button allows you to send the quiz to other people. You can send it by adding their e-mail address to the recipient list, or by finding the share web-link which can be sent to recipients in whatever way is most comfortable for you.
The Additional Options opens a menu that allows you to print, copy, or delete your form. There are a few more advanced options in this menu as well.
Clicking on the Question / Response Selector allows you to switch between creating the form, and viewing the individual or aggregated response date. More information on this will be presented in Understanding Response Data.
The form name will be displayed to everyone who accesses the form. Giving it a name that explains its purpose is advisable. For example, “Student Information Collection”, or “Metropolis Quiz”.
When you create a blank form Google Forms automatically creates an initial multiple-choice question. You will notice that it has a name and one option. These can be edited by you.
This button allows you to make an exact copy of the question. This can be useful if you have a number of questions with similar responses, or if you want o preserve question formatting for your next question.
This button will delete the corresponding question.
By clicking this, toggling Required Response on form users will be unable to submit the form unless they have answered the question.
Questions have a variety of options. The options available are determined by the question type you have selected.
The Question Type dropdown will allow you to change the type of question you have on your form. The most frequently used types are multiple choice, short answer, and check box.
You will notice there are five main options on the Insert Options bar. From top to bottom they are: Add Question, Add Title, Add Image, Add Video, and Add Section.
You will learn how to add questions in Chapter 2. The other options will be explored in Chapter 3.
Now that you have familiarized yourself with pixton you may want to print physical hardcopies of the tutorial, or the student tutorial sheet. You can use the links below to download the resources. Feel free to distribute my sheets for non-commercial purposes.
In the last part (Assignments and Students in Pixton) we learned how to create assignments and add students to our classroom. In this section we will learn how to use Pixton’s built in lesson plans.
The library of lesson plans is one of the most exciting aspects of Pixton. To see what options exist first click on Main Menu, and then select Lesson Plans. You will be whisked away to a subject selection page. From there you can either select an appropriate subject, or search by keywords.
If you want to see if there’s a lesson plan for the short story, The Lottery you could search for “The Lottery” in keywords. Note that a number of lesson plans that use that keyword exist. While not every short story will have a developed lesson plan, The Lottery does.
If you are a Math Teacher perhaps you’d want to click on the Math subject area.
Once you have selected a subject area, you can narrow the search by Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.
Find a lesson plan you think is useful, and click on it.
The lesson plans include multiple activities. Specific props and characters can be associated with lesson plans. They are also broken down into step by step instructions.
Note that each activity has a rubric. By default you will view a condensed rubric, but by clicking you will be able to view the fully expanded rubric for the assignment.
Note that you can add each individual activity to a group by pressing . This allows you to select all, or only part, of a lesson plan for your group.
Congratulations! You are now ready to you Pixton with your class!
In the next part you can download the Student Handout and Teacher Handout for use in your classroom.
In the last part (Pixton in the Classroom) we learned how to set up our Pixton account. Now we will look at how we can customize our assignments and work with our digital classrooms.
From the Activity screen for your class, click on the +NEW ACTIVITY button.
From here you can choose to Import from Lesson Plan or Create from Scratch. For our purposes we are going to Create from Scratch. We will look at using lesson plans later in this assignment.
Two of the fields are mandatory – the Activity Title, and the Due Date.
There is the option to attaching a comic you have already created to the assignment. This might serve as an exemplar demonstrating what the students need to complete.
Once you have finished creating your comic you can click SAVE & ASSIGN TO GROUP.
You now have a class set up, with their first assignment ready to go. If only you had some students to complete the task!
You will be presented with two options, Let me do it, and Give them a link.
For your ease, and also as it fits the Pixton – Student Guide – select Give them a link.
You will then see weblinks for all the groups that you have created. The link will be formatted as follows:
Record the ####-## on the Student Guide. This will allow the students to join your class Group.
You will now have a fully set up Pixton account, with a class group, and students. Feel free to create as many groups as you like. I would recommend one group for each class you use Pixton with.
Before you are considered proficient Pixton Users, ready to embrace the graphic novel creation software, we will look at two more things: Changing Passwords when your students forget them, and Using Lesson Plans.
Click on Main Menu, then select Students. This will take you to the students overview page.
There are three tabs at the top – Students, Students by Group, and Profile Gallery. Ensure that the Students tab is selected. You will see the following information, based on your individual students:
Note that there is a column titled Password. By selecting the change option for the appropriate student, you will be able to change their password to something they can use to access their account.
You can also deactivate accounts here, if students do not enter their name, or username, to your specifications. Check the box on the right for the users you want to deactivate, then select the —Action– drop down menu, and select deactivate.
In the next part we will learn how to use the built in Pixton lessons plans, reducing prep time while offering examples to help spurn your creativity.
Pixton is a powerful tool, especially for educators. You can set up individual classrooms, create assignments tailored to your classroom needs, or search through a multitude of premade lesson plans that suit your needs.
Clicking on Main Menu opens up a number of different options. There four submenus, My Creations, My People, Educator Community, and My Account. These submenus will be detailed later.
You can also access Lesson Plans which is a searchable database of fully detailed lesson plans, complete with appropriate rubrics. They are organized by grade level, and subject area. These lessons can be distributed to your students. (There will be further details on this later.)
My Creations allows you to select from four options.
You can select Comics which will take you to a page showing all the comics you have created. If you press the plus symbol it will allow you to make a new comic.
If you select Characters you will see a number of the characters that you have used, or modified in your comics. Clicking the plus symbol will allow you to make a new character that can be used in comics.
Clicking on Avatar will allow you to create a picture of yourself! This can be used in your comics. It is also the image that other people will see when they view your work.
By accessing Books you can see all the “comic books” you have created. A comic book is a collection of strips. This is a great way to combine all the comics your students made for an assignment in one location. It’s also possible to have pixton e-mail you a PDF of your created comic book.
My People allows you to select from six options. The most import two are Groups and Activities.
Groups allows you to create your various classrooms, within Pixton. Activities allows you to create projects that you can assign to your various groups. This will be detailed in the next section.
Educator Community allows you to get in touch with other educators who are using Pixton in their classroom.
My Account allows you to modify your settings, and update your unique profile.
The Home button gives you a brief overview of your account. From this screen you will see the assignments you have created, access your different classroom groups, and quickly access a number of important parts of the site.
The My Comics button offers quick access to viewing and creating your own comics.
In Student Gallery you can see the comics your students have created. You can sort by those that are finished, or those that are still in progress. You can also limit your search by group, or activity using the drop down menus at the top of the screen:
Now that you know how to navigate the Pixton website, and create your own comics, you are ready to start setting up your classes.
To create your first class you will need to select the Main Menu, then click on My People, and finally select Groups.
From the Groups page click the +NEW GROUP button.
I recommend using the following Naming Convention for your group: [Last Name] – [Year] – [Course Code].
ex. Barltrop – 2017 – ENG2P1-02
Once you have created your group, you will see it in on the Group Page. Notice the name you gave it makes it easy to identify what class it will be associated with.
Clicking the Pencil icon will let you change the settings. Note that in the settings there is an advanced options section at the bottom. You should take some time to familiarize yourself with those options, and tailor them to the needs of your classroom.
Clicking on the House icon will take you to the home screen for that specific group.
Finally, clicking the Eyeball button will take you to the Activities screen for that class. Now that we have a class, we can create an activity for it!
Read the next part to learn how to create assignments, and work with classrooms in Pixton.