Forms are versatile tools that allow you to collect various types of data. As teachers and educators, we fall back on forms to gather feedback, create polls and surveys, design quizzes, administer questionnaires, and many more. There are several online form builders to use to create your form and the list below features my favourite titles out there.
These are all simple and easy to use form builders. No technical or coding knowledge is required. In fact, you can set up and create professional looking forms in minutes. While the list is created with teachers and educators in mind, anyone else looking for easy to use form builders will find this collection helpful. I have used and continue to use these tools to build forms at several points in my career as an educator and EdTech blogger. I find them reliable and helpful.
What is an online form builder?
An online form builder is a web-based tool or application that allows you to create online forms using various presets and customizable templates. While some of these form builders are free, others are freemiums offering both free and premium versions. Obviously, the premium versions always come with more features and perks.
Best form builders for teachers and students
Below are some of what I believe are some of the best form builders for teachers and students. If you ask me which one of these form builders is my favourite I would answer: it depends on what kind of form I want to use.
If I were to create a quick form, Google Forms is definitely my go-to form builder. It is completely free and is integrated with other Google Drive services making it super easy for me to streamline my workflow. If I were to create professional looking forms, one of the other form builders would do the job, with a slight preference for Jotform.
1. Google Forms
Google Forms is Google’s form builder. It is completely free and is integrated with Google Drive suite. Google Forms offers all the required functionalities to help you create your form within minutes. You can start with one of its pre-made form templates or create your form from scratch. Either way you will be able to add your own input by inserting fields and sections. Responses from Google Forms are automatically saved to Google Spreadsheet where you can access and analyze them the way you want.
Google Forms offers various features including the ability to upload files, various types of questions (e.g., short and long answer questions, multiple choice, checkboxes, dropdown, etc), import questions, add videos and images, make questions optional or required, convert questions into quizzes (e.g., assign point values, set answers, and provide automatic feedback), and many more.
Google Forms also enables you to control and manage how responses are collected. You have the option to send respondents a copy of their responses, allow editing responses after they were submitted, require respondents to sign in to Google to provide their responses, share results summary with respondents, and more.
Jotform is another good form builder for teachers and students. I love the variety of pre-designed templates it offers. I find their templates visually appealing and professionally looking, definitely way better than Google Forms. Jotform offers an intuitive drag and drop editor to help you customize your form the way you want. You can simply drag and drop questions and form fields and place them anywhere in the form.
Jotform offers different sharing options. You may choose to publish your form as a standalone link or use an embed code to easily embed your forms directly into your blog or website. Each time someone responds or fills out your forms you will receive email notifications.
Using Jotform Report Builder, you can generate visually appealing reports based on your submission data. These include bar graphs, pie charts, form submissions grids, HTML texts and images. Visual reports can be shared online by using a generated link or embedded in websites or blogs. Additionally, form submissions can also be downloaded as Excel, CSV, or PDF files.
Typeform offers a powerful form builder that enables you to create beautiful forms. You can start with a pre-made form template or build your form from scratch. Typeform uses a smart editor that can anticipate your questions when you start typing and add them automatically. Your forms can include various media types from GIFs to custom designs.
Typeform also offers a powerful quiz maker with a special feature called Calculator which allows you to ‘set up your own scoring system and save hours of correction and scoring. Other features provided by Typeform’ s quiz maker include the ability to automatically send certificate of completion to students once they finish their tests, create custom messages for various responses and quiz results, insert multimedia materials into your quizzes (e.g., images, GIFs, and videos), include conditional logic functionality to provide students with more options when they choose a particular course of action, and many more.
123FormBuilder, as its name indicates, is a web tool that enables you to create numerous types of online forms including surveys, polls, questionnaires, contact forms, event registration, order form, application form, and many more. 123 Form Builder offers an easy drag and drop form builder that makes it easy for anyone with no coding knowledge to create beautiful forms.
123 Form Builder allows you to create flexible and responsive forms that work on different platforms and devices (e.g,, desktop and mobile). You can also create dynamic forms using conditional logic allowing you to get questions generated for your form automatically and based on respondents answers.
123 Form Builder also provides you with the tools that enable you to insert within your forms sections where respondents can upload documents, pictures, and video files. They can simply drag and drop any document or file to upload it. In fact, document collection is a powerful feature to use in your forms. It will allow you to securely collect various types of documents from your students.
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