Using Google Forms in the Classroom

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Oct 1, 2013 8:33:39 AM

A few weeks ago, we featured a video blog about how to use google drive, and as a follow up, I'd love to share some ideas for how to use google forms in the classroom.  Here are some of the things I love about using google forms:

  • They are so easy to make and versatile! (Click here for the full tutorial)
  • They are available through google on any device at any time, which is great for students to input through phones, tablets, computers, etc and also for me as a teacher to organize grades and other feedback.
  • When forms are filled out, the data automatically populates a spread sheet that can be sorted by name or other factor.  This makes analysis and grading so much easier!
  • The possibilities are endless!  Here are some samples with extension ideas under each one:


Make a form to collect important data at the beginning of the semester.  You could use this type of form to get to know students, collect contact information, or any other bit of info that you need to keep on a tidy spreadsheet.  Club moderators can keep track of t-shirt sizes, participation, and more.  


Assess students with multiple choice options.  You can use this as a formative or summative assessment.  I usually use it as a pre-test or self-assessment to let students know where their strengths and weaknesses are in order to study more effectively.  Be sure to also check out my video tutorial about a tool that will quickly grade this type of test for you! 


Create a help ticket that students can fill out to receive extra tutoring.  This helps me stay organized with the materials I will need to gather to help with student success.  I can also arrange for top students to come in and help peers during high traffic hours.  I tell parents about this form on back to school night, so that parents can encourage students to reach out for help.  Exit

You can also create exit tickets to assess student progress and inform teaching.  It is also nice to have students acknowledge the night's homework in order to eliminate the I-didn't-know excuse. 

How are you using google forms in the classroom?  We'd love to hear your ideas.

Topics: assessment, Assessments, classroom management, Classroom Tech, teaching tips, technology, tips

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