In the business and education worlds, data is a driving force. Data collection and analysis helps chart next steps for industries as well as in schools and classrooms. One of the easier ways for collecting data is by creating Google Forms. Google Forms is a web based G Suite app most widely used for this purpose but in today’s episode of Somethin’ to Tech About, Angie and Dru are going to tech it up a notch and discuss some other ways of using Google Forms.
WHY GOOGLE FORMS?
We know Google Forms is a great way to collect responses and we will touch on some of those ways today but we will also tech it up a notch by offering perhaps some more nontraditional ways of using Google Forms.
Some of the more popular ways Google Forms are used is for creating surveys. Teachers , administrators, CEO's, and even parents can use Google Forms to collect responses pertaining to PTA, Field trips, Volunteer sign ups, Customer Reviews and more. This is a fantastic way for collecting those responses but if we want to tech it up a notch for the classroom, we could have students not only create the surveys but have them organize and then analyze the data . From here they could make hypotheses or compose questions related to the data or questions the data may bring up. Surveys could be created for any content area depending on the topic being studied. It really is wide-open and we are sure if given the choice and opportunity, your students will be able to collect some relevant data based on their novel study, their chemistry class, or their history lesson. Visit the link below to view and copy templates that are ready to go.
Google Forms Templates
Now that we have talked about some ways Google Forms can be used for surveys, let’s tech it up a notch by talking about some of the more maybe non-traditional ways of using Google Forms. What we mean by this is making forms more interactive and engaging.
One of our favorite ways for using forms is by creating digital breakouts. You may have heard about escape rooms or break-out rooms where you are put in a themed room and are required to find hidden clues and solve puzzles in order to successfully escape. Translate that into the digital world and you have Digital Breakouts.
What we love about digital breakouts is that they can be used to teach or reinforce skills in any content area while being engaging and we can't forget about those 4 Cs. Students will be involved in thinking critically, communicating, and collaborating while also deepening their learning.
If you think digital breakouts is something that you may be interested in but think I just don't have time to create these, there are plenty of free ones available. If you conduct a Google search of "digital breakouts" you will get some great results. Below are just a few of the available free digital breakouts.
Try them out and let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below.
Digital BreakOut Resources:
Digital Breakout Users Guide
Tom’s Digital BreakOuts
Digital BreakOuts 2nd-5th
Facebook BreakOut EDU
We all know everyone learns at their own pace, some can grasp a concept after the first mention while others require some more time to fully understand. With students at several different stages of learning, it can be a challenge to meet student needs, but with small groups and centers, many educators successfully provide students with what they need. Now think how this can be done with technology and this is where Google Forms can be a lifesaver. Let’s talk about how Google Forms can help you digitally differentiate lessons, assessments, and other tasks.
Have you ever taken a digital survey and depending on your answer, you may have been taken to another section of that survey? Well, think about this same concept in the classroom using Google Forms. If you want to find out where your students are in their learning of a particular topic or skill you can create a Google Form that sends them to a video tutorial if they answer incorrectly or perhaps to an application task if they answer correctly. Why would we want students to continue with the full assessment, quiz, or survey if they do not understand or if they already know it? Google Forms can help with differentiating based on student need so they all receive the necessary help or extensions of learning. Below are samples and tutorials for creating differentiated tasks using Google Forms.
How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms
Other Ideas to Consider for Google Forms
Choose Your Own Adventure
Peer Writing Review
Use this template with fellow teachers, co-workers, or students as an introduction, review, or for teching it up a notch with Google Forms. Click the links below - you will be forced to make a copy!
Google Forms - Google Doc Tic Tac Toe
Google Forms - Google Sheets Tic Tac Toe
How have you used Google Forms in the classroom? Please share in the comments. We would love to hear from you!