Form Presenter is an add-on for Google Forms that provides additional controls for online assessments. I use it to add features like a time limit, collect user device information and real-time monitoring of student progress for my Forms. The full list of features with links to each is below.
Control the timer and when to open and close the form
Track the Test-Taker activities
Control audience to access the form
Make your own custom theme to present your form
Invite your audience via emails
View your published Forms and Audience activities
Form Presenter is a paid service. The free or basic version only lets you demo the software. Their paid monthly plans start at $9 for 1000 tests per month, which should be enough for most instructors. You can also explore site licenses for schools and districts by contacting email@example.com.
If your school district has not approved the Form Presenter add-on, you will need to install it on a non-school account. I use my regular gmail.com account. Later you will link to your Google Classroom using your school email, so scores are automatically imported. For information on how to have Form Presenter approved by your school or district contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1: Installing the Form Presenter Add-on
You will need to install the Form Presenter+Timer Add-on from the Google Workspace Marketplace.
To install the add-on use your regular gmail.com account and not your school account.
Part 2: Selecting a Google Form and Configuring the Form Presenter Add-on
Open the Google Form you want to use in Form Presenter and click on the puzzle icon to start the Form Presenter add-on. The Add-on will open a toolbar on the right side of the form.
The first time you use Form Presenter on a new form, choose the Setup option to start the Add-on. Form Presenter then loads as a toolbar on the right side our the form.
The first options Form Presenter shows are selecting an image for the form and a form title. Both of these are useful to help identify the assessment later. Next, you will have the option to select an optional time limit and control the audience or who can respond to the form.
Then you can configure the Action Control. I use the Capture Photo and Track Device Info options for my summative assessments. The last step is to click Publish Form and then link to your Google Classroom using your school Gmail account.
Part 3: Connecting Form Presenter to your Google Classroom to enable automatic score importing
Now that the form is published the Google Classroom option will show.
When you click “Google Classroom” you will have the option to choose your school account and accept the permissions. This time you should select your school Gmail account that is linked to your Google Classroom.
The last step is to assign it to your Google Classroom, so scores are automatically transferred to Google Classroom. You will also be able to adjust these settings later in Google Classroom.
Below is a short video showing the Dashboard with real-time feedback for a Google Form and the automatic score transfer to Google Classroom. Link: https://youtu.be/YJ_PmhVLqnM
Part 4: Viewing real-time student participation and re-importing grades to Google Classroom
You can view all the Forms you publish from their web interface at presenter.jivrus.com. These screenshots show the “Dashboard” view and the Google Classroom option to Re-import student grades if the automatic score feature does not import a score.
The Dashboard view shows additional information on students like their start time, end time, submission status, and device information. This screen can help you notice any irregularities like students not starting the assessment or multiple students using the same device/IP address.
The Google Classroom option allows you to re-import student grades. Usually, the automatic grade transfer works, but this feature can fix scores for a student who has submitted, but no score is showing.
Below is a short video on using the Re-Import Grade option. Link: https://youtu.be/XNe3T_UDwR4
If you have any features in Form Presenter you find useful let us know so we can include them by emailing email@example.com.
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