In this Google Apps for Education News Update, we will show you new updates to Google Forms & how to do a live Q&A in Google+ Hangouts On Air
In this Google Apps For Education News Update we show yet another update to Google Forms:
Hi, you’re with Mike Reading from googleappsforedu.com. In Today’s Google Apps for Education News Update, we are going to show you yet again another update to Google forms and there has been a great update to Google plus hangouts on air.
So this Google Apps for Education News Update is coming to you live from Sydney International Terminal just waiting for delayed flights. I just apologise for any background noise you might hear.
On Google Forms, there have been three major updates in the last week which got some fantastic benefits to teacher and students.
The first fantastic update to the Google Forms is you will notice now under form settings, there’s a new option here that allows us to show the progress bar at the bottom of the form pages. So as the students are filling out questions, they can actually see their progress through that questionnaire which I think is a fantastic update.
The next update you will notice, once you have entered into a new question, you will see that there is an option for us to do some validation on our data. Now for instance with this question here that says “What is your email address?” I can actually say it’s got to be a text answer, and then what we do is just click on the contains button and it must be an email address.
Now you will also notice here that you can put in some aero text that is customised to each individual question. So that’s one way that you can do some data validation.
The next way is that as your students are answering questions, if you know what the answer should be then you can say that the text must contain this particular word. Now you can also put in here your custom text, so the text would be in this case Hint: it starts with a capital “S” and if your students wrote the wrong answer that would get autocorrected and they would be told that the answer is wrong and here is the hint to get the answer right and they won’t be able to move on in the test until they get that question right.
Now just a warning, when you put your answer in here it is case sensitive, so anything that is even slightly different to what you’ve typed will not come through.
The last update in Google forms I want to show you is that now we can turn off accepting responses from inside the form.
We used to have it through the toolbar and through the spreadsheet but now you can just click this button. Now you will see here that it’s now saying not accepting responses and we’ll also see that another option is opened up just here where you can customise the text that you would like to display when someone tries to submit a form.
So let’s have a look what this looks like in a live setting and this would be customisable here. Now let me show you what the form would look like with data validation.
So what is your email? If I just went like this, and tried to move on it would tell me it must be a valid email address. So now I’ve put it in my email address and move past it and then it lets me accept it.
Now if I wrote Sydney without a capital here, it will say hint, it starts with a capital “S” so maybe I’ll go back and put in a capital “S” and then tab past it and it will let me.
You would noticed down here the progress bar that was changing as we were going and once I click submit, the usual process takes place.
. You can do this by simply clicking the add item button.
The other incredible update I want to show you in Google Plus was just announced just yesterday where we now have Q&A inside hangouts on air. So here, people who are watching live, not just the people here in the hangout, the people who are watching live can ask questions and then you can respond. People can vote and you can then see this all happening live.
Now I’ll leave this up here just so you can read a little bit about what is happening, but they are saying you could do this with up to a million people so more than enough powerful what we are doing in a classroom.
So if you are using hangouts on air to expose your students to different experts, to different thinking then this would be a fantastic tool because your students can do a live Q&A at any time.
You will also see here that it’s going to roll it on desktop and a view-only mode on android. So just keep your eye on that. I’m sure there will be further updates as time goes on.
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Have a fantastic week.