Google Forms is an awesome tool for creating online assignments. It’s easy to set up and share. The responses are stored in one convenient place. It’s a great option for digitizing previously paper-based assignments and quizzes.
However, print materials that have images or diagrams can pose a problem for Google Forms. Maybe students need to refer to a diagram of a cell to answer a question or choose the graph that best represents a given equation. If these graphics exist on a piece of paper or even a digital version of an assignment, how can you get them into Google Forms in an efficient way?
My Snip add-on helps you quickly “snip” one or more sections of an image to use in Google Forms. The process is simple:
- Choose an image of an existing assignment from your Google Drive (or upload a new one)
- Use the snipping tool to save one or more images/diagrams from your assignment into your Google Drive
- Add the images to the questions/response options on your Google Form
PDFs aren’t supported, but there are online tools that you can use to convert PDFs to images to use with Snip.
Below is a full tutorial for using Snip. Click here to open the tutorial in a new window.
1 From your Google Form, open the Add-ons menu (puzzle piece)
2 Click Snip
3 Click Snip Images
4 Click Select Image
5 Select an image of your worksheet from your Google Drive (or upload a new one)
6 Click Select
7 Move and resize the box to cover a portion of the worksheet you'd like to "snip" into its own image (e.g. a diagram to display with the question)
8 Choose whether this "snip" is informational or tied to a specific question. This is used to name the "snipped" image in a useful way when it is saved to your Drive.
9 If it's a question or answer, specify the question number by typing or using the +/- buttons
10 If it's an answer option, check "This is an answer"
11 Click Save to Drive
12 Move the box and repeat as many times as you need to in order to "snip" all of your images
13 Make sure all of your images save to your Drive
14 Click Close
15 Click Add question (or select an existing question)
Click Add inline image
For multiple choice questions, you can also add images to choice options.
17 Click Google Drive
18 Navigate to the Snip folder in your drive
Navigate to the folder that corresponds with the current form.
Depending on your form, it may list the title of the form or the date the form was created.
20 Click the "snipped" image you'd like to use
21 Click Select
22 If necessary, you can resize the image
23 Add any additional information to your question
Here's an interactive tutorial for the visual learners
Happy Snipping! If you use this add-on and have any feedback or thoughts, I’d love to hear them!