Google Forms

Google Forms iconWhat is Google Forms? Google Forms is a data collection and analysis tool that can be used for a wide variety of purposes.

Start arrow New to this Google tool?

Check out our "Basics" section for resources to get you started off on the right foot.

Compass Ready to learn more about this Google tool and go further?

Take a look at our "Tips & Tricks" section to get ideas and suggestions.

Open padlock Not sure if your students have access to this Google tool?

The "Who can use" section outlines which grade levels have access to this tool.

Rocket taking off Wondering how this Google tool ties into Deeper Learning?

Scroll down to our Deeper Learning section for ideas and resources.

Google Forms basics

Who can use Google Forms?

Google Forms permissions & access

All staff and students in SFUSD have access to create, share and complete Google Forms.

If you have any questions, please submit a Help Desk ticket.

Deeper Learning with Forms

Deeper Learning has 4 core instructional priorities

Person looking at some images and text while thinking Inquiry

The thinking and questioning of students is the focal point. Students build connections to prior learning and experiences, and are independent learners who make their thinking visible.

Three students working together Collaboration

Students interact in meaningful ways through conversation, or participation in collaborative structures. The educator serves as facilitator and a collectivist or communal approach is used. 

Three people linked with a dotted line to an image of a book Equitable Access & Demand

Curricula is designed and instruction is delivered to ensure access for all and cognitive demand for “each and every” student, supporting independence, not dependence.

Two people talking or communicating Assessment for Learning

Students are provided with time, space and support to set goals, assess learning, track progress and present their growth. Students are seen as co-designers of their assessment, owning and sharing their learning.


To learn more about Deeper Learning in SFUSD, visit the Deeper Learning Towards the Graduate Profile website.


Student-created forms

Student thinking and student questioning are the focal points of inquiry. While we often use Forms to collect information from students or colleagues, students can create Forms too! Have students identify what they think is important to find out and then design their own survey questions to collect responses/data. Students can even analyze their data with Google Sheets with simple chart features.

Letting students decide what's important to find out and the best questions to ask to find it out is a powerful way to let students take ownership of their own learning. 

Equitable Access & Demand

Student-center your instruction

Students are the focus of what teachers do in the classroom, and learning should be designed to ensure access for all, supporting independence, not dependence. Google Forms can be a great way to elicit feedback from students about the classroom space, instructional activities, and sense of community, and students can even be helpful solution generators. You can also use Forms to gather information from students to get to know them better, such as asking them to vote for something or asking for their preferences.


Assessment for Learning

Self-reflection & feedback

In Assessment for Learning, students are seen as co-designers of their assessment, owning and sharing their learning. Google Forms can be used for guided feedback and reflection. Students can be highly adept at assessing their own performance, especially if scaffolded appropriately. While there are many ways to prompt and collect students' self assessments, Google Forms can be used to gather data in one convenient place.


Formative assessment/Exit tickets

Formative assessment means assessing what your learners know and taking that into account as a teacher plans the next learning activities. The "score" on a formative assessment doesn't go in the gradebook or count towards a student's grade in any way because it's meant to be informative for both teachers and the student. The best formative assessments help teachers and students see the student's gaps and know what the next steps should be. 

Google Forms has a "quiz" feature that can be used for formative assessment. Because there is no way to lock down a student's device while they work on the "quiz", SFUSD doesn't recommend using this feature for summative assessment.

With Google Forms' quiz feature, you can set the correct answer for a question, which allows the the Form to auto-grade itself. The answers and a feedback message can be shown to students after they submit their answers. 


This page was last updated on November 15, 2022