Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Fantastic Features of Google Forms



Google Forms has been my go-to resource for digital quizzes for several years now.  I like its ease and simplicity and I love how it’s integrated with both Google Sheets and Google Classroom so I can easily give my students quizzes and generate grades and data.   (Awwwww data…)  When the Pandemic hit, I took another look at Google Forms and realized that the fantastic features of Google Forms make the tool perfect for other innovative classroom applications.  

Google Forms and Student Practice

Google Forms allow you to add feedback for correct and incorrect answer choices.   This option is fantastic for providing students with immediate feedback for incorrect responses in a way that paper and pencil classroom quizzes do not.  During this time of remote learning, this feature has become invaluable since much of my students’ practice time is online when I am not available to scaffold their learning.
“Bell Ringers” and “Exit Tickets”






I love using Google Forms as Bell Ringers and Exit Tickets.  They are easily assigned through Google Classroom and they are perfect for launching or wrapping up lessons.  Either can be assigned as a quick written response, a survey, multiple-choice quick check, checkboxes for understanding, or even assessing understanding with a linear scale.  Creating Google Forms Bell Ringers and Exit Tickets is as easy as popping them into a form and posting them on Google Classroom and the best part… doing so allows me to view responses anytime, anywhere. 



Flip your Classroom



Truly, Google Forms are fantastic for “Flipping” your classroom!  Flipping your classroom is moving your initial teach moments outside the 4 walls of your classroom to free up hands-on practice in the classroom.  Students can be asked to complete research on a topic, read a chapter from a novel, or watch a YouTube video (or a video you’ve created) and come ready to class (even a virtual one) the next day.  Google Forms are the perfect platform for 1. Ensuring that students did view and complete the assignment, and 2. allowing students to reflect on their learning first, before having to apply it.  



If I haven’t convinced you yet that the fantastic features of Google Forms make forms an essential tool for your classroom, let me just share some ideas with you of how forms can be incorporated into your digital classroom instruction:

Plot Diagram
Close Read
Quick Writes
Journal Responses
Thesis Statement Practice
Hook Practice
Dialectical Journals
SWBST (Reading Strategy)
KWL 
Anticipation Guide
Reading Log
THIEVES (Reading Strategy)
Vocabulary Study
Biography Research
Mystery Novel - Missing Person’s Report
Digital Gallery Walks
TELPAS Practice

STAAR (State Assessments) Practice
Reading Analysis
Digital Task Cards
Digital Clue
Web Quests
Escape Rooms
Scientific Research
Scientific Method
Science Investigative Journal
Investigation Questions
Survey Questions
Math Word Problems
Math Analysis of Incorrect Responses
Math Process
3 Things I Learned/Takeaways
Sum It Ups


… and so, so much more!!!  You are limited only by your imagination as the fantastic features of Google Forms make forms an invaluable part of remote learning in our 21st Century Distance Learning Classrooms!

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