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Pre-Filled URLS in Google Forms

Pre-Filled URLS in Google Forms

We all know that Google Forms are an awesome way to collect data from students, parents, and staff.  Today I wanted to share with everyone a quick tool that you can use to help collect data. A pre-filled url is a url that pre-populates fields in your Google Form. Pre-filling fields is a huge time saver and guarantees that certain fields (i.e. cohort, assignment title, date) are accurate and uniformed. You can also use pre-filled urls  to share exemplars, guiding questions, or sentence starters within your form. 

So why would you use a pre-filled URL?

  • To provide your students with sentence starters.
  • Provide additional instructions for students.
  • Pre-Fill the assignment name or class period to create uniformed method of collecting data.
  • Give students an exemplar of a advanced answer.
  • Anything you can think of!


Creating Pre-Filled URLS in Google Forms Tutorials:

Step 1: Create your Google Form.
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Step 2: After you are done creating your form click on responses and then Get pre-filled URL. Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 11.00.34 AM

Step 3: Fill in the parts of your form that you would to be pre-filled. When you are done click submit.

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Step 4: Share your new pre-fill URL with your students/staff.
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Google Drawings

Google Drawings

Google Drawings is a free app that allows users to create, share, and edit drawings online. When creating your Google Drawing you can insert text, shapes, arrows, scribbles, and images. Google Drawings also helps students design their drawings by offering alignment guides and the ability to snap to grid. My favorite Google Drawings feature is the ability to create and insert your drawings directly into a Google Doc, Sheets or Slides file. This is a great way to enhance student documents, embed thinking maps, and give students a chance to be creative.  For a quick tutorial of how to use Google Drawings check out the video below.

If you are thinking about using Google Drawings in your classroom you may want to start by digitizing your Thinking Maps. To help your students I would suggest sharing either the  Circle Map , Bubble Map, Flow Map, and  Double Bubble Map template with them as a starting point. To quickly do this I would suggest using Doctopus to share the drawings files.

Examples of Student Created Google Drawings

The following three images are examples of identity charts that my students made this week for our Facing History and Ourselves unit. As the students read each student had their Drawings Identity Chart open so they could edit it whenever they wanted to. If you plan on having students try this I would suggest saving every few minutes to avoid losing data. Unfortunately a few students’ files did not save properly and their drawings were lost.

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If you would like to learn more about  Google Drawings check out Google’s About Google Drawings page. For more ideas on how to use Google Drawings in your classroom check out LVUSD’s Google Drawings PD page.

Force Copying a Google Spreadsheet

Force Copying a Google Spreadsheet

In the video below the Google Gooru shows how to force users to create a copy of your Google Spreadsheet. This is a great way to easily share templates with students.


1.) Click the blue Share button at the top right corner of your Google Spreadsheet’s screen.

2.) Copy the URL within the window that appears.

3.) Paste this URL in an email to whomever you want to share it with.

4.) Add “&newcopy=true” to the end of the URL (remove the ” “)

Source: http://www.googlegooru.com/how-to-force-a-copy-when-sharing-a-google-doc/