My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: How Google Forms creates Online Questionnaires and Surveys - Questionnaires and Surveys for your Blog

Saturday, December 6, 2014

How Google Forms creates Online Questionnaires and Surveys - Questionnaires and Surveys for your Blog

Google Docs allows you and your friends to do real-time collaborative work over the internet, so long as they have a Gmail account. I know this, albeit my team-mates and I doing the Professional Diploma in Teaching at MICO College University have yet to take Full advantage of Google Drive.

It may be because of pressure from such free alternatives as Google Docs that Microsoft has made Microsoft Office 360, their Cloud-based version of Office into a Freemium product and split into three (3) Separate Apps for Apple iOS users as reported in my blog article entitled “Microsoft Office 365 goes Freemium Model - One Becomes Three as Word, Excel and PowerPoint with US$6.99 monthly to remove Restrictions”.

Off campus, my life revolves around blogging for my personal Blog, My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica and working Freelance as a Writer for the Geezam blog.

Our labour seems to be finally paying off, as we won the Award for Best Technology Blog at the Caribbean Blog Awards that took place on Friday December 5th 2014 as stated in the article “Blog Awards to recognise trendsetters in social media”, published Friday, December 05, 2014, The Jamaica Observer .

The Geezam blog won in the Category “Best Technology Blog” as per the Tweet on our Geezam Twitter Feed.

Recognition is slow in coming, but it’s on the horizon….or may even already be here.

My Introduction to Google Forms - Offer from American Company to Write Sponsored Articles

A couple weeks prior, I received an email offer from a company abroad to write sponsored article for a Marketing company. As usual, I’m skeptical of such offers of money, especially as I’m a mere blog and not a big-time website.

Usually such thing are hacking attempts, often employing emails loaded with links that you click on in order to tag the location of your machine. Once you click on them, they download malicious code unto your machine and access or open up Logical ports to allow hackers to gain remote access to your computer.

Once they’re achieved that, they usually use it to remotely control your computer, often installing Keyloggers in order to steal passwords as I’d explained in my blog article entitled “Professor Marco Gercke warns of Scammers using Keyloggers for Spear Phishing - How to use Keyloggers and how to Protect yourself from Scammer's American Hustle for Fast Cash”.

So I took the usual precautions, scanning the websites and checking online in forums to see if it was a scam. To my surprise it appeared legit, even sending me what appeared to be a Google Forms to fill out.

Google Forms? “What that” you ask? That’s what this article is about….

Google Forms has improved – How a little known service can add Survey capability to your blog

I had never heard of Google Forms before, muchless known that you could create Survey forms so easily without knowing any scripting language. This is like the best kept secret online, as the only sources I could find were on mainly from Google’s blogs and YouTube Channels!

Thus Google Forms, allows you to make Surveys and forms that persons online can fill out. Those responses are automatically collected in a spreadsheet in Google Docs that you can peruse in real-time as noted in the “Google Drive post Google Forms”, Refreshed, published Wednesday, January 30, 2013, Google Drive Blog.

Google Forms was a recent addition to Google’s better known Suite of Productivity Web apps, Google Docs that allows for real-time Collaboration online. Google Docs are a part of Google Drive that serves up 15Gb of online Cloud Storage once you have a Gmail Account as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “Google Drive, the Dropbox clone, now ups the ante to 15GB of Free Storage during Google I/O”.

Google Forms may be used for the purpose of conducting a survey, Questionnaire or for Data Capture for your Website or Blog. The video below does an excellent job of explaining the full hidden features of Google Forms and how to embed it in your Blog.

If you’re the owner of a Google Chromebook, you’d have realizes that it can be used to open older Microsoft Office documents as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Laptop makers go Chromebooks as Google Chrome’s Office Extension makes it easy to View and Edit Office Documents”.

Google Forms now has Professional Themes – Easy Drag-and-Drop Questionnaires and Surveys

Good to note that Google is continuing to improve the product.

In September, 2014 Google  added a “Change Theme” Button on the Toolbar that allows you to select more professionally preset Forms for Questionnaires and Surveys as reported in the article “Google Forms Now Less Ugly Thanks To Addition Of Themes”, published Sep 2, 2014 by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch. Check out their Google for Work YouTube channel for Tip and Tricks on how to use these latest updates in Google Forms.

So excited about Google Forms?

I’m already planning how I’m gonna use them to not only do surveys and Questionnaires, but also for a Business Idea and even in my Courses next year 2015, the Year of the Sheep, when the New Semester of my Professional Diploma in Teaching at MICO College University resumes.

You’ll be seeing more info on this on my new Wordpress Blog, Lindsworth Deer’s MICO Wars: The Teacher Force Awakens.

Here’s the link:

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