Google Forms in the Classroom
GOOGLE!!!! And I don't mean 10 raised to the power of 100 (10^100)!
But in all seriousness, Google Forms are life changing. If you've never used a Google Form you should start! WARNING: Google Forms may be addicting, so you might not be able to stop making them. Maybe you're thinking that you're a little scared of technology? It'll be okay as long as you keep reading for tips, tricks and how-to!
How to use Google Forms in the classroom...
- Midterm, Quarter, or Semester Feedback: Ever wonder what your students are thinking? As teachers we spend a great deal of time in reflection, and what better to inform our reflection than the feedback of our students. Just like they can't read our minds, we can't read their minds. Don't be scared to ask students what they think, it has the power to truly transform your teaching and build respect and rapport between you and your students. Just giving a survey doesn't foster the relationship between student and teacher, giving a survey, being honest with yourself, and sharing your reflection with your students, THAT fosters respect for their input. Students need to know that you're not perfect. Tell them what you noticed in their feedback and tell them what you're trying to work on. (Click HERE for an example!)
- Lesson Reflection or Exit Slips: Use a short end of class reflection or exit slip to have students rate their level of understanding, to have them ask a question, to select something they still want help on, or as an opportunity to get to know students or set a goal for the next day or next week. (Click HERE for an example!)
- Parent Communication: It's easy to send out a link via email, or remind text message, or via your website to get feedback from parents. Maybe the feedback you want from parents is just a quick, how's it going, what can I do to help you or your student. You can also go more in depth than that and ask families to tell you more about their child, their goals for their child, and much more. I used it to survey how parents wanted to be involved in their middle school, to ask about their past math experiences, to schedule parents to visit in the classroom, and to give the opportunity to evaluate me as their child's teacher and rate me. (Click HERE for an example!)
How do you set up a google form?
Guess what? You can make your own form/survey, or you can go google.com and go to the (3 x 3) rubix cube in the upper right-hand corner as seen at right. Then find the purple Google Form icon. Once there, there are templates available for you including (1) Exit Ticket, (2) Blank Quiz, (3) Assessment, (4) Worksheet, (5) Course Evaluation and many others. If these don't strike your fancy, you can click blank and make your own!