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9 Ways to Use Google Forms in Your Classroom

In today’s blog post, I’m sharing 9 ways to use Google Forms in your classroom. The ideas in this blog post are applicable to most grade levels and subject areas.

I have divided these 9 ideas into 3 main categories: (1) Surveys, (2) Assessment, and (3) Reflection. I am also sharing some free templates for these ideas, so be sure to check out the links to grab your free Google Forms templates!

Surveys

1. Sign-Up Sheets

If you need students or families to sign-up for something – a 1:1 meeting, to bring supplies to school, to volunteer for an event – Google Forms is a great tool to use. With Google Forms, you can track and organize all of the data in one place. You can even use add-ons like Choice Eliminator and Booking Calendar to eliminate chosen time slots or items and sync with your calendar respectively.

2. Parent / Family Surveys

At the start of the school year, teachers tend to send out surveys and letters to families (and students, depending on what grade level you teach). Google Forms will help you save paper AND our most precious asset – time. Instead of sending home a paper survey, you can have families fill out responses on a Google Form. You can still ask the same questions (i.e. asking about strengths and stretches in school, interests, allergies, etc.), but instead of having to track the data on multiple sheets of paper, you will now have the responses organized digitally.

Check out this resource if you are interested in sending out surveys to families at the start of the year!

This resource is the only paid resource included in this blog post.

3. Getting to Know You Surveys

Consider getting to know your class using Google Forms! With this idea, you can create a “getting to know you” survey that you share with students during class.

I created a “This or That” survey that asks fun questions like “Tacos or Pizza,” “Winter or Summer,” would you rather “know every language” or “know how to speak to animals,” and even would you rather have “hiccups for the rest of your life” or “always feel like you have to sneeze, but you can’t.” Some of these questions are basic, some of them are silly, but they are fun icebreaker questions that you can ask students using Google Forms. 

Another way you can take this to the next level in class would be to then project the graphs of the class responses on the board. You can share whole class responses and data to see what percentage of the class prefers to “stay up late” vs. “wake up early,” for example.

Check out this resource here.

© 2021 EdTech Classroom

Assessment

4. Self-Grading Quizzes and Assessment

On Google Forms, you can create self-grading quizzes – that’s right… quizzes that will autograde for you – if your quiz consists of closed-ended questions. For example, Google Forms is the way to go for multiple choice quizzes. All you need to do to create your quiz is type in your questions and answer choices. Then, click the “Settings” gear, select the “Quizzes” tab, and then turn on “Make this a quiz.” There will be a few additional options that you can go through.

You will also need to go through each question and create the answer key by selecting the correct answers. Once you have everything set up, you can share the form with students and the quiz will be graded for you. 

5. Exit Tickets

Exit tickets help teachers gauge how students are understanding material. Google Forms is a quick and easy tool to share exit ticket questions with students. In the example I have created, we have a simple 3-2-1 exit ticket form. Students just need to respond to the three questions and submit their response.

All three questions are long answer text, though students can choose to write less. The first one is “3 things you learned today,” the second is “2 things you want to learn more about,” and the last one is “1 question you still have.” You can use this same form multiple times (or you can make a copy of it for a different day). You can even track to see both individual and whole class responses to learn how to shift your teaching to better meet the needs of students. 

Check out this resource here.

© 2021 EdTech Classroom

6. Quick Polls

One-question quick polls are a go-to when it comes to getting immediate feedback from students mid-class. You can ask students a question like, “Do you agree with the author’s perspective?” or “How are you feeling right now?” Then, after students respond to the question, you can display a graph of student responses on the board (if the questions are closed-ended) by clicking on the “Responses” tab.

Check out this resource here.

© 2021 EdTech Classroom

Reflection

7. Check-In Forms

You can check-in with students daily using Google Forms. It is a simple and easy way to hear from students 1:1. You can ask students a multiple choice question like, “How are you feeling today?” with answer choices like “Happy,” “Excited,” “Sad,” “Angry,” “Worried,” and “Silly.” You can also include a long text response for students to share specific details or ways that you can support them.

Check out this resource here.

© 2021 EdTech Classroom

8. Reflection Prompts

You can also ask students open-ended, long answer text questions asking them to reflect on their learning or their emotions. Reflection prompts can be anything from “Share a rose, bud, and thorn of your week” to “What are some of your strengths and stretches in math class this year?”

9. Self-Evaluation

Google Forms supports self-evaluation too. As the teacher, you can create a form with linear scale questions that models a rubric or self-evaluation form you might give out in class. On this form, you can ask students to evaluate specific aspects of their work on a number scale. If you want to go into even more depth than just a linear scale, you can even use the multiple choice grid question choice to model your assignment rubric. Students can go through and evaluate their work by selecting responses.

Thank you

What other ways have you used Google Forms with your students? How else can it support learning? Let me know!

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