Google Forms: Oh, the Things You Can Do!


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Google Forms is a surprisingly powerful tool that can be used in more ways than most users realize. Google Forms are basically surveys that you create and share, with responses organized in a spreadsheet for you. The responses in your spreadsheet can be used and analyzed to accomplish a range of learning and teaching goals.

You've probably used Google Forms before, since we've used Forms to get teacher feedback on PD sessions and other surveys. If you've responded to Forms created by others, now it's time to create one for your classroom.

To get started, here's a 3-minute overview of Google Forms from Google Help:




And here are a few ways you can use Google Forms in your classroom.

HOW CAN TEACHERS USE GOOGLE FORMS?


1. Conduct an exit ticket or other formative assessment, to get a snapshot of your class' understanding of key concepts

HOW TO:

  1. Create a form with a few multiple-choice questions (see video above)
  2. Share the link with students (you can generate a shortened URL and write it on the board, or you can share the link via email, Google Classroom, your website, etc)
3. View Summary of Responses to see instant pie charts of student responses to each question




2. Quickly create a class email list, without typing a single email address yourself

HOW TO:
You have two options to collect students' email addresses, which you can then copy and paste into a new group in your Gmail Contacts so you have a class distribution list. 

OPTION A: If you want to collect students' @rfschools.com email addresses:


  • When you create a Google Form, select "Require RFSD login" and "Automatically collect respondent's RFSD username"
  • Add whatever other questions you want 
  • Share the link to the form with students (see the 'short URL' option above, and write it on your board or post to your website)
  • Copy their email address from the Responses spreadsheet
  • Create a New Group in your Gmail Contacts, and paste in their email addresses 
OPTION B: If you want students to be able to enter email address other than @rfschools.com
  • Create a form with the question "What is your email address"
  • Don't select "Require RFSD Login" in the form settings
  • Copy and paste students' email address from your response sheet to a new Group in your Gmail Contacts
Here's a video demonstrating both options:


3. Automatically grade student answers to an assessment


You can use Google Forms as a quizzing tool with the add-on called Flubaroo. It may take you a little while to set it up the first time, but it's pretty easy to use once you've tried it. Go to the link above (or Google it!) to get the add-on and get started.

Basically, after you get the free Flubaroo add-on to Google Sheets, you just have to take your quiz yourself and enter the correct answers. Then you look at the response sheet and tell Flubaroo that your response is the answer key. Flubaroo then grades all student responses and creates a new tab with grades broken down by student and question.

4. Create interactive branching scenarios and “choose your own adventure” type learning experiences, where students’ choices lead them down different paths


The key to this task is using the "Go to page based on answer" option. You can create a new page for each destination, and students will follow different paths based on their responses.


Here's an example of an adaptive form I used for an activity at BHS recently; try going back and forth, changing your answers, and seeing where you end up. Notice that this form includes images and links, which you can add to your questions as well:




Here's a video to show you how to create your own adaptive assessment in Google Forms:



HOW CAN STUDENTS USE GOOGLE FORMS?


You can put this tool in students' hands and have them create and use Google Forms as well. Here are just a few ideas, but I'm sure you'll have more of your own
  • Input data from a science lab, then analyze that data and create charts and graphs 
  • Vote on what the class should study next, or poll the class to discuss different views on issues
  • Create their own quizzes to review key concepts
  • Create their own adaptive forms for choose-your-own-adventure narratives

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT GOOGLE FORMS?

Links to videos on specific topics within Google Forms.
Google Forms for Teachers: A Must-Read Guide
Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms: FollowMolly.com
And of course, you can always Google it.

HOW HAVE YOUR USED GOOGLE FORMS IN YOUR CLASSROOM? 

What questions and thoughts do you have about this tool? Please share in the comments below!

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