Google Forms, GSuite, Technology

Combine Google Forms with FormRecycler

As a Math teacher, Google Forms has become one of my favorite GSuite tools to use in my classroom.  Although I use Google Forms in a variety of ways, one the main ways it is used is to provide skill practice for students.  That’s right – my students still practice math skills!  As I’ve said before, there must be a combination of multiple types of learning opportunities in every classroom.  On some days, these levels of learning might be lower or higher, might be deeper into the SAMR model, or higher on the 4 C’s.  It completely depends on the day and where your students need support.  It’s a balancing act – one that teachers must be careful to recognize.

The reason that I am having a long discussion on the pedagogy behind my use of Google Forms is this:

If I am providing my students with basic skill practice (Level 1 learning) then it must provide immediate feedback.

As an example, it’s important for my students to practice adding and subtracting integers but that feedback must be immediate.  Google Forms allows me the ability to provide them that feedback and to create opportunities for inquiry-based learning based on their results.  Now, as we move further into the material, the students will begin to participate in deeper levels of learning (i.e. project-based learning, etc) but that initial skill practice is still important.  However, it must not be the entire learning experience and the students should be able to see how they are progressing based on that immediate feedback.

In addition to simple practice, I have also used Google Forms to:

  • Create assessments.
  • Provide feedback on presentations.
  • Create opportunities for students to provide peer-to-peer feedback.
  • Create “lock forms” for BreakoutEDU digital.
  • Allow students to submit project proposals.
  • And more…!

Anyways, you are most likely not here to read about my ramblings on pedagogy – but I always try to start with the “why”.  Now, let’s focus on the technology tool!

Form Recycler

FormRecycler is an add-on to Google Forms that allows you to copy questions from one Google Form to another.  This is a great feature for teachers that use Google Forms regularly and do not want to rebuild them each year.  For instance, let’s say that you have two sets of practice for students in a Google Form and you want to combine them.  However, you want to keep some of the questions and remove others.  FormRecycler easily allows you to pick the questions that you want and add it to the new form!

Interested in seeing it in action?  Watch this video:

Link to FormRecycler Add-On

As you can see, this is an extremely simple and easy-to-use tool that can expedite many of the processes in your classroom.  Enjoy!

Do you use Google Forms in the classroom?  If so, in what ways do you use Google Forms for student learning?

5 thoughts on “Combine Google Forms with FormRecycler

  1. This is a great feature! I have been wondering for some time if there is a way to merge two forms together to create a new one. Thanks for sharing, Meagan!

  2. I have been using formrecycler and find it very useful, however, it would not copy images/pictures or Answerkeys. I removed the add-on and then attempted to reload it. Unfortunately it wouldn’t reload and returned a message – Sign in with google temporarily disabled ……. I now don’t have the add-on to work with. Can you please advise on how I might be able to get it loaded.

    1. Hi Rick!

      Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. First, I don’t think copying the answering key is an option – at least not to my recollection. That is very strange about the images and pictures – have you tried it from another gmail account?

  3. Hi Meagan, I can no longer load the add-on to google forms in any of my google accounts. I’m still blocked when I try to reload the add, getting the message: Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app
    This app has not yet been verified by Google in order to use Google Sign in” I really don’t understand since there are some 19k users using the add-on.:-(


    1. Hi Rick! That’s so strange! Let me look into it and see if I can find anything. You might also try removing the add-on and adding it back to your account.

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