It only took me 4 years(ish), but I finally got around to utilizing #Google Forms as a teaching tool.  This past week, I placed a Google Form activity on my website.  It has been a pretty cool experience…OK…It ROCKS as a learning tool.  I am currently using it to encourage effective research skills in my 8th grade students.

The Process: I created a simple Google Form with simple questions about Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion.  On the Google Form, I had a link in the instructions to a website that was steeped in information about force, acceleration, and motion. The website opens in a separate tab, so the student can go back and forth between answering questions and researching the various aspects of Motion.  As soon as they submit the form, I immediately get the answers…thus I can give instant feedback if necessary.

I believe the ability to perform effective research is crucial to all students…not just college students.  I’m teaching my middle schoolers the value of research and how best to perform various research tasks.  Google Forms is allowing me to see just how effective/efficient my teaching strategies are.  Through Google Forms, I’m able to help students gain a better understanding of inquiry and how to find answers to the tough questions.

I am also using a Google Form as a summative assessment tool.  I have questions that pertain to the research they performed on the previous Google Form, and they have to recall and answer said questions.  I get their forms upon submission, and then I can again give them immediate feedback.

What I love about this process is A) how quickly I can give #feedback, but more importantly, B) how quickly I can see what areas the class (as a whole) is struggling with.  This lets me know what I possibly missed in my teaching, or what information I presented in less than effective manner.  I’m all about feedback, and this process gives me that in spades.

I encourage students to use their smartphones or tablets if they want to.  Those who chose to do so, have had no problem with filling out the form, going back and forth between tabs, or submitting the final completed form.  This is good to know, because not every classroom has access to laptops or desktops, but the majority of students in the U.S. have internet access via personal device.

Overall, I’m sad that it took me so darn long to implement Google Forms in my classroom teaching strategy.  I now look forward to taking this tool to its limits.  I’m also looking forward to seeing how this tool can create a more effective (and efficient) learning environment for my students.

If you use Google Forms, please feel free to share how you implement them in your classroom.  What works?  What doesn’t?

I am currently in the process creating a network of teachers, administrators, and education centered people who will encourage one another all the while sharing important classroom hacks, and teaching strategies.  I would love for you to be a part of this grassroots network and share your classroom experiences and ideas.  Come be a part of this education network by connecting via #Snapchat:

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~ Mitch

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