Though Google Docs has permeated through education over the last five years, Google Forms is still relatively new to most educators. Forms can be used by students, teachers, administrators, and other staff members. Before giving examples of how educators can use Google Forms, it is important to give a brief introduction.
Google Forms is essentially a survey tool; however, it can be used for assessment. Forms gives you the chance to ask the following types of questions: short answer, paragraph answer, multiple-choice, checkboxes, list, grid, and scale.
There are many ways that teachers can use Google Forms, from assessments to polling student interest on certain topics (Google Moderator will do something similar). The most powerful use for a teacher is the opportunity to create a formative assessment. Imagine an English class where students have just finished discussing John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The teacher could have a Google Form to create a “check-in” and “check-out” at the beginning and end of the class period. Students would rate their understanding of the concept on a scale from 1-5.
An example form:
Teachers could then evaluate the general feelings with the specific answers students gave to decide on the next step in instruction.
Over the next week I will create multiple posts concerning Google Forms. Topics will include: Principal feedback using the six administrative standards, student use of Google Forms, and more lesson examples.