If you have recently created a Google form, you may have noticed a new purple bar in the header. As Google continues to update their products and meet the ever changing needs of their users, a new version of Forms is in the works. To check out this new format, click on the purple bar to enter the new Google Forms. This update features a cleaner, more user friendly and streamlined look. Simplified floating tool bars have been added to follow you through the creation process and text heavy menu bars have been removed. While most of the features remain the same, there are a few additions that were not available in the past and a few missing features that still need to be integrated.
Fun New Features
Consistent with the old version, users still have the option to use design templates to make their forms more interesting. The new version contains updated options, fun animations and artistic elements, as well as the ability to use a logo or school image for instant customization.
Real Time Response
The new Google Forms provides an additional way to view your responses. The option for populating responses in a spreadsheet is still available, additionally, you can now view responses on demand without leaving your form. Consider using this option to perform a quick formative assessment in your classroom anonymously. As you can see in the image below, formative data can be easily collected and displayed to assess student learning.
As of today, there are still a few common features of Google Forms that are not available. The data validation feature is currently limited and add-on’s are not enabled. These features are in the development process and will hopefully be integrated soon. If data validation and add on’s are critical to the functionality of your Google Form, don’t fret. You can easily toggle back to the old version of Google Forms by activating the running man icon in the bottom left hand corner of your screen.
As with most things Google, there is no clear date set for when the new Google Forms will be fully functional and the old version obsolete. Take some time to explore the new version now while the old version is still available to fall back on. Have fun with the new Google Forms and as always let us know if you need assistance.
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