Google has been getting a lot of attention in the last couple of days for its Chrome browser. As a Google devotee, I'm particularly bitter that the Mac port of Chrome hasn't made its way out of development yet. However, I did discover a slick new Google feature today that, once again, makes collaboration a piece of cake.
Within Google Docs, you can now choose to create a form (in addition to a word processing document, a spreadsheet, or a presentation). I say now, but I'm not actually sure how long this feature has been available; my use of Google Docs has largely been limited lately to sharing a few key bits of network documentation.
When you create a form, Google Docs automatically creates a spreadsheet to hold the data collected on the form. The form can then be emailed, shared, or embedded (choosing embed gins up code for an iframe to your form that can be placed on a webpage).
Better yet, the data are available in real time in an associated spreadsheet. Fill out the form above, then check back in a few minutes (the data are automatically republished every 5 minutes) to see the results:
No muss, no fuss, just a spiffy way to collect data from teachers, staff, students, and parents.