Announcing our 2022 back-to-school toolkit

At Jotform, we have a passion for making workflows run smoothly. That includes one of the most important workspaces in the world: the classroom.

So it’s no surprise that Jotform has a comprehensive set of tools for teachers, students, administrators, parents, guardians, and more. And with the new school year on the horizon, if not already upon us, we’ve put them all in one easy-to-find place — our back-to-school toolkit.

Take a look at a variety of Jotform tools that simplify the school day, allowing students and faculty to focus on what matters most: teaching, learning, collaborating, and building relationships that last a lifetime.

Education forms

At Jotform, neary everything starts with a form. That’s certainly the case with our back-to-school toolkit. Among Jotform’s thousands of form templates are more than 2,000 education forms. Each one has the power to turn any time-consuming task into a quick and easy assignment.

Plus, you can stop printing paper forms, resulting in far less waste. Organizing your digital forms will be a breeze by comparison, as your data will be conveniently stored in your Jotform Inbox.

There are subcategories of education forms, such as registration and enrollment forms, education and teaching surveys, and various types of evaluation forms.

Here are a few examples from each category.

Student registration forms

School surveys

Evaluation forms

If our library of 2,000-plus templates doesn’t have the form you need, use Jotform’s drag-and-drop form builder to create exactly what you’re looking for in minutes.

And say goodbye to stacks of paper. Take it from Padraig Glynn, course director at Nas College in Ireland:

Jotform is an excellent tool to support the transition away from paper. Jotform has greatly enhanced our student interaction by getting live feedback from students. Every day we are finding new ways to apply Jotform and further reduce our reliance on paper.

Learn more about education forms.

Quizzes

Save time and resources by creating an online quiz instead of a paper one. We’ve put everything you need in one place with Jotform’s free online quiz maker. Use conditional logic to make your quiz interactive; automatically grade answers; and show or hide form fields to provide custom quizzes for selected students.

When you’re finished, you can share your quiz with a QR code, via email, by embedding it into your class web page, and more. Each quiz will be available on mobile devices through Jotform Mobile Forms or on any desktop device.

You can also bundle all of your quizzes into your own unique Jotform app. Share your app as you would share a form. Your students will be able to install the app on their home screen for convenient access.

Organize your answers with Jotform Inbox and Jotform Tables, or integrate with 100-plus platforms, such as Dropbox or Google Sheets, to store your grades.

Learn more about quiz templates.

Jotform Mobile Forms

According to Jotform’s in-house research, educators take advantage of Jotform Mobile Forms more than nearly any other profession. Much of that growth occurred during the pandemic, as distance learning took over. But consider these facts about students and mobile devices:

Jotform Mobile Forms provides yet another way to streamline the education process. Educators were already using mobile surveys and forms at a high rate compared to other industries, and as students started learning remotely, more mobile data poured in. Maintaining a mobile option for students provides yet another way for them to stay on top of assignments and keep in touch with their instructor on the device they use every day.

Pro Tip: Consider using one of Jotform’s card forms when collecting student data with Jotform Mobile Forms. Card forms show one question at a time and are ideal for asking just a few questions. They perform exceptionally well on mobile devices, as the average card form yields more mobile submissions than a classic form by a two-to-one ratio.

Education app templates

We already mentioned Jotform Apps when discussing quiz templates — that’s because we created Jotform Apps, in large part, so you can bundle multiple forms into a single app. As valuable as that is, there’s much more you can do with a Jotform app.

There are 30 education app templates to help you get started. A few examples include

There’s also a tutoring app to help students request one-on-one instruction, a reading log app, and even a daycare app.

When you’re finished refining your app in the App Builder, distribute the link to your students so they can download it onto their smartphone, tablet, or desktop. You can distribute your app via QR code, email, website, and more. You may even impress students with your newfound digital savvy, though we certainly won’t make any promises in that regard.

Education table templates

Jotform Tables imports data from each form into an all-in-one workspace, allowing you to easily analyze information, organize workflows, track task progress, and more.

Daily assignment checklist from Jotform Tables

It’s a lot like a spreadsheet, but we think Jotform Tables is much better. Case in point, there are 30 education table templates ready for you to use right away. Stay up to date with a student progress tracking sheet or chart classroom attendance with a school attendance sheet.

More examples include

Each education template is fully customizable. Plus, you can download your table as a PDF, CSV, or Excel file, invite collaborators, share it via link or email, or embed it into your website.

Learn more about education templates for Jotform Tables.

Widgets

Jotform widgets perform a variety of functions that make your life easier, and they can be added to any form. That includes all of the form templates we’ve already discussed.

Use our Checklist widget to help students stay on track during lengthy assignments; add a calculator to any form with the Calculator widget; or use the Date Reservation widget to schedule parent-teacher conferences, special presentations, and more.

Four of our newest widgets can help you communicate with your students:

Messenger and WhatsApp are the two most popular messaging apps in the world, with a combined reach of 3.2 billion active monthly users. With Jotform, you can place a Messenger or WhatsApp button right on your form, allowing students to reach out to you on an app many of them use regularly.

Loom is a dynamic screen recorder that allows you to record your screen or your webcam — or both at the same time — to create helpful videos that can be refined with a host of editing options. With the Loom Video Embed widget, you can embed an instructional Loom video into any form. And with the Loom Video Recorder widget, your students can record their own Loom video with the click of a button and submit the video with their completed form.

You can see both widgets in action here. Plus, take a look at our 15-minute webinar on using Jotform and Loom in the classroom.

Learn more about Jotform widgets.

Education PDF templates

With Jotform, you can turn form submissions into polished PDF documents. Templates make the job simple. Just select your PDF template, connect a new or existing form, and distribute your form.

There are dozens of education PDF templates to choose from, including attendance certificates, ID cards for parents, and a project status report.

A few more examples of education PDF templates are

Also, don’t forget Jotform’s letter of recommendation PDF templates. Confidently say “yes” the next time one of your students requests a recommendation. Jotform’s templates streamline the process. Simply fill out a short form with details about your star pupil, and watch the template convert that information into a professional PDF document complete with your e-signature.

Approval templates for education

Approval flows aren’t just for business. We’ve created multiple Jotform approval templates for education to streamline approvals for field trips, course registrations, and more.

Approval templates automatically forward form submissions to the relevant employee at your school, a student’s parent, or other stakeholder. Each approver can approve or deny requests from any device, triggering an autoresponder email that’s sent to the form filler, notifying them of the final decision.

Choose from these templates and more:

Trusted by educators

Though we’ve assembled this toolkit for the upcoming school year, streamlining the education process is nothing new to Jotform. Educational tools have long been at the forefront of what we do. 

For instance, Sergio Travieso, director of digital evolution for Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV) in Madrid, Spain, says:  

“I love Jotform. At the university, we use it for internal processes, communication with students, and relationships with people outside the university. It’s so user-friendly. We’ve noticed a terrific increase in responses. Such a great tool!” 

Learn more about how UFV boosts its productivity with Jotform.

Jotform Report Builder

Take your data to the next level with Jotform Report Builder. After surveying students, parents, or colleagues, you can display their answers in visually appealing reports. Ask staff about any needed tech updates in the classroom; determine students’ habits, such as how they prefer to learn; and more.

Best of all, the reports are auto-generated. All you have to do to convert your form data into custom reports or presentations is click a button. You can embed Jotform reports into your website or download them as secure PDFs.

Learn more about Jotform Report Builder.

The right tools for the job

We don’t want to brag, but our back-to-school toolkit has a lot of cool stuff in it. That’s because we’ve always included educators and students in our mission to make users more productive.

We’ve been at it for so long, much in the world has changed since we got started. Most notably, use of mobile devices has skyrocketed since Jotform’s inception in 2006. At that time, only 3.8 percent of Americans owned a smartphone.

Now, that number is 77 percent, and 95 percent of high school students have access to a smartphone. As Jotform has adjusted to meet demand, we’ve added mobile capability and new features while keeping all the proven tools that have worked for nearly two decades.

So why wait to take advantage? The new school year is upon us, and the back-to-school toolkit was made for you, the educators of today — along with your students, staff, and anyone fortunate enough to be associated with your school or university, as you prepare the students of today for a prosperous tomorrow.

This article is originally published on Aug 23, 2022, and updated on Nov 23, 2022.
AUTHOR
Luke is a content writer at Jotform, hailing from Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco. A former artisan baker, Luke is a seasoned writer and editor who loves to inform and entertain. For leisure, he enjoys spectator sports and experiencing all the Bay Area has to offer. You can reach Luke through his contact form.

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