Earlier this week I wrote about reflective teaching in the article 5 Easy Steps to More Reflective Teaching. I mentioned using Google Forms in that article to elicit feedback from students. I think this is a great way to do something fun and easy with students in which they can really respond and have a choice in the classroom curriculum.
These are 3 quick ways to integrate Google Forms into your classroom. The one thing I really like about Google Forms is that it automatically collects all your data. This makes it an efficient way to analyze results quickly.
1. Creating Quizzes
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Specifically, in the settings of the Google Form, you can make your form a quiz and choose the options you want. Also, I would always collect email addresses for a quiz or you will not know whose test is whose.
2. Drive Instruction
This is perhaps the most valuable use of a Google Form. What I like about this is that you can choose not to collect emails so that it is more anonymous and students don’t feel like they can’t be honest.
Moreover, you can really ask students on the forms anything about the classroom. What would they like to read? What is the easiest way for them to understand the math concept? You can ask about the classroom environment or how they thought a particular lesson went. Really, the sky is the limit.
The wonderful thing about using the Google Form to drive instruction and get feedback is that it also promotes student choice. And, students love to have their voices heard.
3. Make a Choose Your Own Adventure Activity
This idea comes from Matt Miller at Ditch That Textbook whom I had the pleasure of meeting and learning from at my school in Oregon.
In particular, he says, “by using branching which is “go to selection based on answer” option under the three dots you can create a fun ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ activity.” This is great to use if you’re reading a novel in class, working on a theme unit in history (Would You Survive Yellow Fever?), even how you get to an answer in math.
You can even have it as an end unit project for a novel or history class and have students create their own and try each other’s out. To see exactly how to make one yourself check out Miller’s article here. (He made a video for you!)
Using Google Forms in the classroom can really boost engagement in multiple ways. You are eliciting student feedback and taking the cognitive load off yourself. Go ahead and make your first form and see the positive results that follow!
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