I love G Suite tools! They have been a game changer in my teaching career, and I wish I had access to these from my first year! Besides that, they just keep getting better!
Google Slides is one of my favorite G Suite tools, but Google Forms is close behind. When you first think aboutGoogle Forms, you are most likely thinking about conducting a survey to get opinions. While you can certainly use it to collect this data, the real power behind Google Forms is how you utilize your data and make technology work for you! Check out some ideas on how you can make Google Forms work for you!
1. Self-Graded Quizzes
Alice Keeler constantly proclaims that “If a computer can grade it, then it should!” We have all probably participated in or conducted a Scantron test. Perhaps this was your form of state testing, or maybe you used it as a method of testing students. Having technology automate the grading process is great, but what are you doing with that data and extra time? Using Google Forms quiz mode allows you to pose several different questions that can be automatically graded. Students get immediate feedback, and you get valuable data on what students know or still need to learn. Take this time to provide students with opportunities to grow. Use the time you are saving to plan out how to improve student learning because that is what assessment is supposed to be about!
2. Exit Tickets
Having students complete exit tickets is a popular strategy to use at the end of a lesson. The teacher is able to gather feedback from students by asking questions such as: “What did you learn today,” “How would you explain this lesson to a friend who was absent,” “What is one question you still have about today’s lesson,” or “What concept was most challenging or difficult for you.” The issue that arises is how do you distribute the ticket and collect the ticket? Sometimes a sticky note can suffice, but other times, it is helpful to look at the data. Perhaps you gave students a scale of 1-5 to rate their understanding of the concept. Using a Form allows you to visualize where students are at. Plus, you have it with you when you go!
3. Logging Data
How can we improve our health? Whenever I want to get my eating habits back on track, I use some tool to help me track my habits, such as what I ate, how much I exercised, etc. By being intentional about logging information, I can have data over time that can help me make better decisions. Using Google Forms to log data can be used in a variety of ways. Perhaps you have students logging their reading times or what they read. You and the student can look at those patterns or interests. How much time do students spend on certain devices/apps/websites? Have them log their time to gather data and make decisions about what to do.
I use this in my class to track student behavior. I have a list of all of my students so that if I notice a behavior, I can log it right into Forms and look back to see the trend or pattern. I am also using it whenever I meet with teachers. I can log what we discussed and goals for next time. Because I am using Forms, all of this data can be linked to a spreadsheet where I can filter by each specific teacher to see just that data.
4. Sign-up Sheets
How often have you sent a sign-up sheet home, whether for the student to sign up for something or for parents to sign up for a conference, and you end up getting people signing up for the same thing or time slot, meaning you have to contact them again and ask if they could change? By using Google Forms with the add-on Choice Eliminator 2, you are able to set up your Form so that when someone chooses an item or time slot and submits the form, that choice is eliminated from the options. This basically makes it a first come, first serve method of signing up.
5. Formative Feedback
Providing feedback is critical to growth and success. Making that feedback more immediate makes it even more likely for growth. When giving feedback for a performance, such as a PE activity or skill, music or instrument performance, or even a speech, you can use Google Forms to have pre-filled data. This means that you might have ten different criteria rated on a scale of 1-5. You might find that the majority of your students will be at a 4. You can pre-fill your form so that each criterion has 4 selected. Then you would just need to change the criteria that are different. Interested in other ways to integrate technology into your PE class? Check out my post 5 Tips for a Technology-Infused PE Class!
6. Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stories
I included in my last post 8 Things to Try with Google Slides a section about choose-your-own-adventure stories by linking to different slides. You can accomplish a very similar way of creating a story through the use of Google Forms sections. When you have a multiple choice question, you can choose where the reader will go based on the answer.
7. Creating Collaborative Groups
This would be another use of the Choice Eliminator 2 extension for Forms. Creating groups can be a difficult process, especially if you leave it up to students. Someone is always left feeling not as valuable by their peers. However, what if you created team leaders who got to choose their teams based off of qualities they deemed valuable?
Think about the best qualities or skills your students possess, such as artistic, analytical, encouraging, etc. Have a list of your students and assign them those qualities. If you have multiple students who are encouraging, you can name them encourager 1, encourager 2, encourager 3, and so on. Add those characteristics into a Google Form for the leaders to choose from. Leaders go to the form and start choosing their characteristics. Once leaders have chosen their characteristics, you can then assign people to that team. For example, Encourager 1 was Johnny and Analyzer 2 was Katie. They are a part of Leader 1’s team who chose those two options.
I know I heard this idea on a podcast, but I can’t recall who gave the idea. The person was talking about having these characteristics on an index card on a table with the student’s name on the other side. The leaders would come up and pick the character trait they wanted on their team instead of a person. If you know who came up with this idea, please tell me so I can give credit!
8. Crowd Sourcing Data
Whether you need to collect data as an individual or you need your students to collect data for a survey, Google Forms is the tool to get the job done easily. Think about how students used to collect data for a survey. Often times it was a matter of asking their classmates, maybe going outside of class and asking other people. The population was very limited.
By using a Google Form, students can easily ask survey questions to a variety of people, especially through the use of social media. Instead of your students only having 30 responses, imagine how accurate the data would be with 200+!
Take this gathering of data in a different direction. Most quiz sites like Quizlet and Quizizz allow you to create study sets by uploading from a Spreadsheet. For Quizlet, just copy and paste the word and definition separated by a tab or comma. Have each student submit a vocabulary word and definition into a Google Form and you have a study set of 20 right there!
For Quizizz, you need the question, the options (1-5), and then the number of the correct answer (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5). Students could include time in seconds for responding to the answer as well as an image link if necessary. Have students each come up with a couple of questions for a test review and submit them to a form. Upload that into a new Quizizz, and your students have a self-created review game!
Technology has the power to save us time if we let it. Why wouldn’t you want to use this to your advantage? Let the tech work for you so that you can work with your students. You are going to be a greater resource if you can be with students while they work! Don’t you think kids deserve it?