You’ve probably heard of the power of Google Forms by now, but if you haven’t started using them yet, don’t worry—you’re not alone! Luckily, Google Forms can be used in all sorts of ways to make your teaching more interactive and engaging for both students and teachers. This article will show you 10 different ways you can use Google Forms to make your online teaching more effective and entertaining without having to rely on any extra software or additional costs.
1) Task Management
Google forms can be used as an online task management system. It is possible to create different tasks with due dates and assign these tasks to members in your group or organization. Another alternative, if you are working on a personal project, is to set up an automated email response that alerts you when a specific task has been completed by someone in your team. If you use google for drive for example, it is possible for google forms to send notifications directly into drive, where it can be viewed from your inbox folder.
2) Data Collection
Creating a google form is an excellent way to gather data from your students. Gather information from your students using a form, survey or quiz and then analyze that data using visual tools like charts and graphs in google docs. To create a form: Click New button and select Form under More. Then you can customize how you want your forms to appear with drop-down menus for every single aspect of design. Designing simple, clean forms is easier than ever before with new tools for adding headers, text boxes, checkboxes, radio buttons and more. You can also enable pop-up responses to see your student’s answers as they go along instead of having them click on one box at a time!
3) Student Evaluation
Once teachers have made a form, they will often create an assignment that is based off their form. This can either be short answer or a task where students are required to submit their answers online. They could then be given feedback in several ways. You can comment on each of their answers, or even see if they got it right by putting your questions into correct answer boxes and seeing if any student has selected that answer as correct. If you feel like you want even more data from students, there are also add-ons for google forms that give you more feedback options such as rubrics and marking charts based off multiple choice answers. The possibilities really are endless with what you can do with google forms!
4) Surveys using google form
If you find that your students are often asking many of the same questions, create a survey using a Google Form. For example, if you teach at an adult learning center, create a form that has students who sign up for adult education classes answer questions like: What do you hope to learn in class? What was your last class about? and so on. The questions you ask will depend on what level of feedback you want from students. If, for example, you want to know about their computer skills, make sure those are included in your form design.
5) Surveys with a Turned In Response
What’s Your Preference? : Did you know that Google Docs makes it easy to create and distribute surveys for free? You can easily turn your responses into charts and graphs, too. For example, if your survey asks students a question like, How do you prefer receiving feedback? and they choose one of three options (on paper, in person, or over email), you can plot those results on a bar graph in just a few clicks. Showing data visually like that can help students make better sense of their responses, but it can also help teachers identify trends over time. Have certain responses changed over time?
6) Assignments With Recurring Tasks
In addition to regular assignments, you can set recurring tasks in Google Forms. This is helpful if you have a standard way of giving students feedback (e.g., weekly or monthly) that you want included in their gradebook. Just make sure that whatever you select as your recurring due date also fits with your grading period so that students don’t try and file a late work request for something that would have been on time had it not been for an error on your part. In addition, setting up recurring tasks makes sure each student has a consistent set of expectations. Each week, you don’t have to go back and figure out what homework was assigned last week; instead, all of them get a new version of that same assignment automatically.
7) Communication Logs For Teachers and Students
Logs are especially useful for teachers, who can monitor how well students take notes during lecture. Even with older kids, it’s helpful to have a copy of their log in class. It gives you a record of what they understood and if they were following along (or not). At home, logs are also a great way for parents and kids to keep track of assignments, quizzes and tests. Logs help teach responsibility as well—if your student checks off tasks as they go instead of waiting until everything is due at once, they will be much more prepared when it comes time for final exams. Here are 10 ways that you can use Google forms
8) Classroom Voting
A student-centered classroom is one where students feel like they are part of a community. An effective way to encourage student participation in class discussions is through interactive classroom voting. Rather than simply listening and then waiting for their turn to respond, students can learn from each other if they vote on an idea before sharing it with everyone else. With a little creativity, you can find many ways for your students to interact by voting on their ideas. Take note of which ones work best in your environment and try them out! It may take a few tries, but it will be worth it once you have established an effective voting system that engages all students in your class.
9) Event Planning
Choosing an event planning tool can be a big challenge. I’ve been through a few myself, with varying degrees of success. It’s important to choose something that will make planning your event easier and help you get more people (and more of your target group) registered faster. Here are ten ways that Google forms can work for you as an event planner or in teaching
Keep track of attendance using a google form. Have your students email you when they are absent. They also have access to fill out a form online if they are sick and can’t make it in for class. You will be able to sort based on attendance or by name. There is also an option where you can allow them to edit their own work so that those who attend all week can edit their grades upward accordingly, but if they miss more than 2 days, those grades are not allowed to be changed.
There are many other ways of using google forms in an online classroom. If you have used google forms in any other ways please let everyone know in the comment below.