I want everyone to know that Google Forms has pushed out their data validations with text response questions, and it is fantastic! In “Google Forms Part One” we talked about using forms as a Digital Turn-In Bin. As promised here is part two, where we will address how you can use data validation in Forms. Data validation will help you get the responses you really want from a Google Form. If the kid response does not fit the required field you set, they will get an error message. To get started, create a Google Form and select “Text” as your Question Type.
You will see “Data validation” right below the “Their answer” box. Right now there are only three types of data validations in Google Forms “Number,” “Text,” and “Regular Expression.” Lets take a look at all three.
Numbers – think about all the possibilities! I remember doing Google Forms in my math classroom and getting frustrated when I would ask for a numerical answer and my kiddos would respond with “five” instead of 5. I’d then need to run a “replace this with that” in forms. Now you can run a validation that will give kids an error message if they don’t fit within that required range, meaning they cannot spell out the number.
Text – all I need to say is EMAILS! I always did a Google Form at my Back to School Night to get all of my parent emails and add them to my weekly email blast. With this requirement you cannot just type in @gmail it will make you fully type in @gmail.com. Now that isn’t to say people will not misspell their email, but hey it is a start! URL will require the response to have http:// www blah blah .com or .edu and so on. This is great for collecting Google Doc links, Educreation Links and really any link.
Regular expression – could be used as a formative assessment check in. You can type in the correct answer and use “matches.” Then have students take the Google Form and if they type in the wrong answer they are prompted to go back and try again. Can also use this if you are flipping your classroom. You can ask questions about whatever video or article students were asked to do for homework. Then students fill in the Google Form as a way for you to know who really is prepared.
Got more ideas on how to use this? Let us know in the comment section.