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Jot Form vs Google Forms

I’ve been using Google Forms for several years now for surveys and other quick jobs where I need to collect information from multiple people easily and quickly.  But last year I was in the process of interviewing for several instructional coaching positions in our district and wanted something a little more robust. 

While Google Forms has great customization and the ability to do a lot of different things, one thing it didn’t do was allow for user-contributed material, like uploading a resume or letter of reference.  So I looked around and stumbled across a website called JotForm.us and I have been absolutely blown away by it.  I used it to build an online application last summer for our IC vacancies, including collecting resumes, letters of support, and other user-submitted resources.

Now this year I’m using it for teachers to submit what we call Implementation Verifications for professional learning experiences.  After completing the professional learning, as part of our evaluation process (described in this post), certain teachers submit reflections on how the implementation is going in their classroom and upload artifacts to support the implementation.  Artifacts that have been submitted so far include pictures, videos, student work, lesson plans, and reflections on how lessons have gone.  It’s been a great opportunity for me to see how the work we do in the professional learning department extends into classrooms and impacts student achievement.

 

Though JotForm has paid accounts, I currently only have a free account.  The biggest issue for me is that I’m limited to 100 MB of storage space, so when people are uploading pictures and videos it fills up very quickly.  But another great feature the site offers is integration with Google Drive, so when I start to reach my 100 MB maximum I just download what is stored in JotForm, make sure the artifacts are stored on my Google Drive, and then delete them. 

It’s an easy step to take so I can save some money.  Right now the site is configured so that as soon as a form is submitted I automatically receive a PDF of what is contained on the form in my email and the attachments (and the PDF copy of the form) are all automatically uploaded to my Google Drive. 

Quite simply, I could not do the level of evaluation for our professional learning without JotForm, at least not to the extent at which I do it.  I could easily see something like this being used in a classroom where students could upload artifacts as part of an assignment, and it could include some specific questions on the form.  If you’re looking for a form builder with more features that Google or Survey Monkey, take a look at JotForm.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Form templates

 

POINT OF DISTINCTION JOTFORM GOOGLE FORMS
Form Design

 

Jotform has the most advanced form designer available. You can upload images, logos, create custom branding, change fonts/colors, sizing etc.
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25 templates are listed and users choose from those 25. Very basic and minor changes can be made
Coding

 

Attractive and Professional Forms can be made without the knowledge of coding. It has a point-and-click technology, so anyone can click around and create a beautiful form.

Forms can be made to look better only if the user has good amount of knowledge about coding.
But If someone knows CSS, they also have the option of adding custom CSS however they like in Jotform as well.
Templates

 

Jotform helps you to create the form of your choice. Many templates are available regarding the type of form you want to create.

The speed of the hide/conSuch options are not available by Google forms unless a form is create by another user. In such a case you can import the form from Google drive.
Integrations

 

Jotform has 114+ intergrations including PayPal, Dropbox, SalesForce, WordPress, Twitter.

Google forms does not have any integrations besides Google Spreadsheet, which is one of Jotform’s most popular integrations.
Branding

 

Businesses look better when all of their forms and surveys look like they were custom made by that company. With Jotform only on the “Thank You” page is their Jotform branding and even then you have the option of removing it.

Google forms is not a good choice for customer-facing forms. This is because you cannot get rid of the “Google Forms” branding everywhere.
Customize

 

Jotform is fully customizable

Customization is limited to only a few functions.
Payment

 

Collects payments from various sources as seen below.

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No such option available
Spam Prevention

 

Spams can be prevented by adding Smart Captcha to your form with ease.

No such option available
Widgets

 

Various Widgets can be added to your form as seen below.

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You need to know the required HTML code or CSS code if at all you need to add a widget. Otherwise, no such options are available.
Ease of Use

This is an example of a Jotform form creator page. You can see how convinient it is for it’s users to create forms

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This is an example of a Google Form creator page. To be honest. As you can see the options are very limited which limits the way you want to design the form

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