Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Forms & Shortened URLs

Almost all of my hands-on Google Apps workshops have at least two things common at the beginning.  I usually have a Google Form that I ask participants to fill out get a sense of the participants’ prior knowledge and to collect their email addresses to use when we do sharing activities.

The other commonality to the beginning of my workshops is that I display shortened URLs (shortened through either Bitly or Goo.gl) to direct people to the survey form. The shortened URLs don’t lead to anything if you enter them into a Google search, they only work when entered correctly into your browser’s URL bar. I don’t do this to trick people, I do it to get everyone to the form while also learning a bit more about the participants’ skills.

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