Earlier this week, I posted about my love for Google Apps for Education (GAFE, for short) and I shared how I utilize Google Sheets to collect and analyze data. You can go back and read all about that here, but today I’m going to talk to you about another of my favorites: Google Forms.
Whether you feel comfortable with Google Docs and Sheets or not, you can use Google Forms to create a super simple assessment that will export data into Google Sheets. Newsflash: It’s not that complicated.
I use Google Forms to create exit tickets, surveys, and short assessments for my students. They are very quick, easy to use, and, because they export directly into a spreadsheet, they give me lots of tangible data to analyze for next steps.
Here are just a few of the ways to use Google forms in the classroom:
1. Exit tickets – Sometimes I’ll ask students to share 1 or 2 things they learned during today’s lesson using a generic form like this one. Other times, the questions are more lesson-specific, like this exit slip for third grade math. You can even turn on the “quiz” feature and Google will grade them for you! (Hello, extra free time!)
2. Surveys – You can use Google Forms to administer informal reading inventories and pre-assessments to determine student interest or level of prior knowledge. For instance, last school year, my class participated in the #GratitudeExperiment and they had to fill out a pre- and post-survey. Totally did them on Google Forms to save time and money! You can check out the pre-survey here.