Google Forms in the Classroom Part 3: 10 Ways to Use Google Forms in Your Classroom

10 ways to use Google Forms in the classroom for effective instruction and 1:1 classroom management

If you aren’t using Google Forms in your classroom yet, you and your students are missing out on the limitless possibilities Google Forms offers. And to make using Google Forms in the classroom even more teacher-friendly, Google recently announced at ISTE 2016 that Google Forms now have an automatic grading option. Here are 10 ways that I like to utilize Google Forms in my classroom.

1. Collect Data
Google Forms is a data-collection application. It is designed to collect data and transpose that information neatly into a Google Sheet. Anytime you need to collect some information from your students, fellow colleagues, or parents, Google Forms is the way to go.

2. Pre Assessment Tool
I started using Google Forms in my classroom last year as a pre-assessment tool. I would have students log into their Google Classroom accounts and take a quick 10 minute pretest. As teachers, we have so much work to grade already, and Google Forms eases that load. Plus, it provides teachers with instant access to data.

TEACHING TIP: Once the students were finished taking the test, I projected a summary of the responses on the board and went over the answers. This provides students with a visual to look at as you introduce the topic -plus, it’s anonymous.

3. Class Survey
Class surveys are an essential part of the school experience, especially in the beginning or end of the school year. Using classroom surveys in Google Forms makes data collection easy!

My End of the Year Classroom Survey is a Google Forms resource that provides teachers with instant access to data about their classroom.

4. Bell Ringer/Exit Slip
I love using Google Forms for a way to collect my students’ bell ringer or exit slip work because it is quick and easy, and helps eliminate excessive paper use.

5. Final Assessment
Google Forms has several features that make creating and administering final assessments a breeze. One feature is the ability to automatically shuffle the questions. This feature helps reduce copying and cheating. Another feature is data validation. With data validation, you can set the form to only move on to the next question once the student has inputted a desired answer. The final feature is the required button. This button forces each student to at least attempt a question before submitting the test.

6. Digital Restroom Pass/Sign Out Sheet
If you create one form that students complete before they go, you will have a running record of for every time a student leaves class. This will help if you need to find a pattern. This also helps in classrooms with more mature students because they can just fill out the form and use the restroom when needed.
7. Flipped Classroom Activities and Assessments
With Google Forms, you can add in videos and pictures to help students connect with the content. Doing so helps make for a great flipped classroom lesson and activity.

8. Parent Feedback
Having one uniform Google Form for parent feedback is a great way to solicit constructive feedback from parents.

9. Confidential Student Reporting
There are so many times when students want to tell you something, but they don’t because they don not want to even be seen talking to the teacher. If something is happening in your classroom, students can fill out a confidential student reporting form.  You can still collect their name, but the confidentiality stays with you.

10. Homework collection
This year I plan to convert as many homework assignments into Google Forms as possible. As an English teacher, this shouldn’t be too difficult. If students are answering comprehension questions, they can do so in a Google Form. If students are typing a summary, they can do so in a Google Form.

Google Forms are ideal for educators trying to go as paperless as possible. How do you use Google Forms in your classroom?

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  1. I'd love to know more about using Google Gorms for the confidential reporting. What the form looks like and how students access it? I'm a middle school EBD teacher and I think this would be great!

  2. I love this! I would love more information about the confidential reporting and bathroom pass record as well. Thank you for your help.

  3. I love this! I would love more information about the confidential reporting and bathroom pass record as well. Thank you for your help.

  4. Great list with some definite new ideas for me! I also use it on back to school night to gather parent contact information.

  5. Great list with some definite new ideas for me! I also use it on back to school night to gather parent contact information.

  6. I have found it to be a valuable tool which students really enjoy using. Homework completion rates have definitely improved since using Google Forms!

  7. I like the idea of using Google Forms for keeping a record for passes and student reporting. I'll have to try it out in my class. I teach at a high school level, and I find using Forms for formal/final assessments is tough due to cheating. Students can easily open a different tab to search for answers. I find it chaotic in a class of 30+ students to keep track of this. Unless I could freeze the rest of the tabs to prevent students from cheating, I find it tough to seriously assess using Forms. If anyone has a solution for this, I'd love to hear it! Thanks!

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