Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Forms

One of the reasons that I've been a little flaky on Tech Tip Tuesday lately (I just realized I missed last Tuesday- Sorry!) is because I've been studying for and taking the exams to become a Google Certified Educator. I'm so excited about this process!

So, based on what I've learned in that process, I wanted to share with you about Google Forms. Google forms has SO MANY awesome applications, and I think this tool is highly underused. This is a tool that you can use to not only enhance instruction, but make personal record-keeping easier, as well as facilitate meetings and communication with parents.

First off, if your school has GAFE (Google Apps for Education), then you're already ahead of the game. If not, you'll need a Google Account to get started. Once you've signed up, the easiest way to access your Google Drive and begin creating a form is through your Gmail. View the quick video below to see how to get started!

All responses to your form are collected into a spreadsheet that can easily be shared with admin/colleagues. I can think of several possible uses for Google forms. Below are several ideas, some linked to sample forms I've created. Feel free to peruse and use these as models to create your own forms.

Teacher Record Keeping:
Classroom Uses:
Admin Uses:
  • Classroom Walkthrough
  • Observation Notes
  • Professional Development Evaluation
  • Staff Surveys
  • Sign-ups (committees, potluck, etc)
Why this is great for ELLs:
Allowing ELLs to do things like track their own grades or progress gives them some feeling of control over their educational journey. Likewise, as a teacher, the more quickly you can get data about what students know or don't know, the more quickly you can provide valuable feedback and activities to students that can help bolster their abilities in areas where they're struggling. Additionally, it is important to remember that our students of today are going to live in a world even more imbued with technology in the future. Since many of our ESOL students don't always have access to internet or computers at home, it is up to their teachers to help them develop their technology skills so that they can not only survive, but thrive, in the 21st century.

There are a ton of possible uses and the ideas above are just a starting point. Are you already using Google forms in your classroom? If so, how? Has this given you an idea for using Google Forms in your classroom? I'd love to hear your comments!

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