Thursday, October 8, 2015

10 Tips About Google Forms for Learning

One of the things teachers do best is collecting evidence. We survey students about their knowledge and use the results to provide feedback to students as well as make adjustments to instruction.

Google Forms is a great way to do this efficiently. Here are 10 things to consider.

1. Multiple choice

Before you get discouraged by the labor involved in transferring your questions from a perfectly good document format, consider this trick. 

Copy all of the answer choices at once and paste them into the first "option." You'll find that the hard breaks are acknowledged and Forms will separate them automatically.

2. Written response

Why shuffle through papers or bring stacks home when you can grade student work on Google Sheets?

3. Scale

This tool is great for reflection. A simple question to gather data about student confidence can give you insight into the emotional experience of your students.  

4. Grid

Need to sort a long list of attributes among a few categories? I often use the grid item for identifying cause and effect, fact and opinion, or making rubrics. 

5. List of Traits

Use the checklist item for collect data for lab reports or characteristics of landforms, to name a couple. This would provide data to analyze for similarities and differences. 

Part of the exercise may be to have students make their own checklist based on a bit research and some predictions.

6. Image Analysis

Add an image to the form. Follow it up with questions that guide analysis. The debrief could include projecting the results (in sheets) on the screen.

7. Video Response

Flipping your classroom? Forms is a great way to gather responses to video guide questions. The video can be embedded in the form as easy as an image.

8. Flubaroo

I've tried several ways to quickly collect student responses. Forms is the best way, and Flubaroo is a great add on to Sheets that will grade the responses. 

The steps are few and simple. Try it out.

9. Change the Theme

I like to add an image to the header. It gets us all mentally prepared to address the topics.

10. Collect Questions

It's impossible to learn without asking questions. Use Forms to collect your students' thought process so the inquiry can be accessed for instruction.

Once you and your students get comfortable with this, an entire unit could be guided by student questions. In other words, they will come up with the pattern instead taking a handout from the teacher.