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Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets

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Google has a whole host of online document creation tools that are browser based and free to use.  You may already be familiar with Google docs for word processing, and if so, you probably know that it can be a powerful tool for collaboration and cloud-based document creation. This post is going to look at a less well known, but equally powerful set of Google tools – Google forms and spreadsheets let you setup powerful tools for collecting, organizing and visualizing data.

These tools are accessible as mobile apps for android and iOS, but this post will focus on the browser-based computer versions.

If you don’t already have a Google account, you’ll need to create one and sign-in.  One nice thing about the Google ecosystem is that one login allows you access to all the Google tools, from Gmail to Youtube. It’s also important to realize that Google derives profits by gathering and tracking information about how you use all these different services and allowing different companies to target you with tailored advertisements. I’m not saying this is necessarily a good or bad thing, but it is something that I believe is important to be aware of.

Once you’re logged into your google account, you’ll want to head over to drive.google.com and follow along with the video below!



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