80+ Google Forms for the Classroom

Google Forms is a great tool and I hope to use it more throughout this year. Take a look here for a more detailed introduction and guide to using and creating a Google Form – this was written prior to Google bringing forms into the NEW menu.

I have created example forms for each of the different topics, follow the links in each of the ten sections. With help from a Googler I have included a link so that you can get your own copy of the form – click on the appropriate link and it should open in your docs home.

1 ) Get to know your class

Use this form to gather some indication from your new class about their likes and dislikes, their favourite lessons or after school clubs they enjoy. It will help you to build your relationships with children as you quickly learn more about them. Get your own copy.

2 ) Emotion graph

An emotion graph is a simple line graph comparing a range of happiness to sadness against different points (time) in a story or film. This technique of graphing the emotional ups and down within a story really helps children to visualise the whole story in a different way. Use a Google Form to gather the children’s responses to different parts of any type of linear narrative, written or visual. We used it here in a film narrative literacy unit. You can read a more detailed explanation of how to generate the line graph from the form here. Get your own copy.

3 ) Spelling test

For your weekly spelling test use simple 1-10 or 1-20 numbered form (with a name question too of course) and ask the children to type in their answers as you read out the list of words. Once these are submitted apply formula to judge if they are correct or not and it becomes self marking. Steve Kirkpatrick had this brainwave a while back so check out his excellent post for more information about setting up the spreadsheet. Danny also added in his comment about using the font Wingdings for smiley faces which is a nice idea although this font is not available in Google Spreadsheets. Get your own copy.

4 ) Comprehension questions

I spent quite a bit of time last year looking for some reading comprehension resources that could be used on a class set of laptops. A Google Form could be created as a way to collate the children’s comprehension answers in one place for any given text. You could also share the answers with the class so that they can review what their peers are doing. This could be a formalised assessment of their understanding of a text or something more informal to start class discussions. Again Steve has grabbed this idea by the horns and tried it with his kids – well worth a look, especially at his reflective comments and lessons learned. Get your own copy.

5 ) Weekly reading record

The children in our school have a reading diary that they use to record information about times that they read during the week. They take it home as well as using it at school. A form could be created by the children as a place to enter data about their reading. I hear “I haven’t got my reading diary,” so many times during the year, this way they have no excuses and can access it from any computer. Alternatively a class form could also be setup to gather together everyone’s record. Get your own copy.

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6 ) Maths data handling

Perhaps the easiest to pick up and run with, the idea of using a form to gather together maths data handling information. The form could be a simple way of collecting information about the class – shoe size, eye colour etc. It is obviously about what you do with the data that counts but their is no reason why children couldn’t design and implement their own forms – with the attached spreadsheet for analysis – as part of independent data investigations. Get your own copy.

7 ) Guided reading record

As part of the old literacy hour in England we take part in small focused group reading sessions. They are guided sessions usually 15-20 minutes long and we talk and work on a piece of text that is relevant to the work going on in that unit. Sometimes small written tasks are completed or it may just be a speaking and listening activity. It is widely practiced in English primary schools and this form could act as a class record for those sessions. Get your own copy.

8 ) Prior learning assessment

Use a form to assess what the children already know about any given topic that you are beginning. The form could be a formalised assessment with specific questions about the topic or it could be more general and open for the children to explain what they know. Either way such an assessment would allow you to have a better understanding of the current level of knowledge the children have about a topic. This same form could be returned to at the end of the unit of work to help review what they have learned. Get your own copy.

9 ) Library book review

We have a little corner of our classroom dedicated to our library. There is a broad range of fiction and non-fiction books for the children to enjoy whenever they want. This form could be a simple way of collecting the children’s thoughts about what they read. The children in the class could use it as a reference to help them choose a book to read. A simple and easy way to collate book reviews. Get your own copy.

10 ) Learning success

This is one of the ten ideas I would most like to explore this year as we continue to use Google Docs as part of our tech toolbox. Use a form to assess the relative success of the learning that has taken place during a single lesson or after a series of lessons on a topic. Invite the children to assess their own confidence after practice of something – such as a lesson on one of the written multiplication methods. The form would collate the views of all of the class very quickly and allow you to make a quick judgement in terms of pupil feedback, about whether to consolidate what has taken place, to start afresh or in fact to move on. We make our learning targets for the lesson so clear these days, along with work scrutiny, dialogue with the students, a generic student response form would allow you to further judge the lesson’s success.

This is very much dependant on the quick and easy availability of a computer in the classroom – this after all should be a small 2 minute task as part of a plenary. If the lesson involves the use of the computers then that is easier – but if it does not then perhaps a handful scattered at the side of the room for students to go to at the end of the task or as directed. Of course the students completing such a form as if it were second nature to them, would be what you aim for – so the laptop, form and technology disappear and you are left with a lucid evaluation from your students. Get your own copy.

I hope that you have found something to inspire you here or perhaps you can use these straight away. If you have not had time to explore Google Forms it is most definitely worth a look. If you have time drop me a note saying how you got on with your own ideas.

UPDATE

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  1. Miraculous World of Numbers is an eBook on Mathematical Fun. It has so many creative ideas to develop the skills & to increase the Thinking power. Along with this eBook I would like to encourage Students & Parents how they can participate to build the entire world with powerful thinking level. My Blogs will definitely encourage students & parents in this direction.

  2. I love the way that you have made it easy for us to make a copy and modify it to meet our needs. I would like to do that for teachers but I cannot figure out how to do so. Can you please email me the instructions for what I need to do to make it so easy to share docs and forms with others so that they can easily make copies and modify them without messing up the original? Thanks so much in advance for your time! Email to lesley.m.reilly@gmail.com. Thanks again!

  3. Since a teacher does not always have a computer available, a common problem is to get a Google Form that prints nicely on paper. By default the multi-select fields are collapsed, and the text boxes are too small. Well, I’m proud to say that I worked my programming magic to fix this. You can convert any Google Form to an awesome paper-based version through my service here: http://vivwebsolutions.com/tools/google-paper-forms/ — Please take a look and reply. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  4. Thanks for this excellent blog post. I have created quizzes using Google Forms, embedded them into Xerte and used Flubaroo to get participants’ marks. if you could do stuff like embed an image or other media into questions, it could be a real rival to the expensive online assessment software we currently use at Plymouth University.

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  7. Hi Tom
    I like what you said ” Inspiring and engaging learners with (and without) great educational technology.”

    I used google forms so far so good and no negative feedback about it.. Excellent post

  8. I’m glad that I had the fortune to stumble across your blog. Its definitely an important issue that not enough people are talking about and I’m glad that I got the chance to see all the anglesThis is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post.
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  9. Thanks so much for sharing not only the information about Google docs but also links to the sample forms.  I was not aware of the different types of forms and surveys that can be created in Google docs.  It is amazing the different formats that are available to make each form unique and capture the information sought.  I can see a number of uses for Google docs for students of all ages.  However, I do still have a bit of heartburn about the extensive information Google is collecting and storing form every user.  Do you have any concerns for privacy and safety of the information obtained in the forms being stored by Google?

  10. Wow. Apparently collaboration, best practices, sharing, formative assessments, etc. have not hit your country yet. 

  11. Thanks so much for sharing this! I added a twist in my last PD class, in addition to doing a quick survey of prior knowledge before we started our training, I also had a list of “Norms” on to follow and had them click on the ones they thought would benefit our short time together. I even had an option to write one in (though, no one did). We used the norms that everyone agreed on. It made that process quick, equitable, and showed them yet another way to integrate tech.

  12. This is an abomination. Forms? Really? You want to build a relationship with kids through a survey? You want other teachers to simply duplicate your methods if they like? Standardization is murdering real learning. We should not simply be copying other teacher’s methods or another country’s policies.

  13. I just started using/ exploring Google docs. I am so excited about how easy it is to use and love all the classroom ideas! Thanks!

  14. I like to have parents sign up for projects. Google Forms is a quick way for them to respond. Is there a way in Google Forms to ask for (example) supplies, and when they click on something that they would like to bring, it would be eliminated from the list or show that it has been selected?
    Thank you!

  15. Yes! After our Daily 5 Literacy Block each morning, my kiddos go to a form i’ve embedded in our website and fill out a form telling me what they have completed during this time. Kids select their name from the pulldown, select the day of the week from a multiple choice list, then check off the boxes indicating what choices they made during the time. I’ve set up the spreadsheet with formatting that changes the cell color so it is a quick visual way for all of us to see what they’ve been up to!

  16. I set up a Google Form to check if my student’s have their homework and reading log (diary) completed each morning. At the top, I have text boxes for Date, Assignment 1, and Assignment 2. Then, I have each student listed, with check boxes underneath for Absent, Reading Log, and the 2 assignments.

    I use my Droid X, walk around the room checking the appropriate boxes, click submit and my record keeping is done for the morning! 🙂

  17. Hi Richard. Just thought I should let you know about another form builder app – http://www.formsonthefly.co.uk, which does all that Google docs can do and a whole lot more. Having tried out them both (though I am a bit bias) I think it's worth paying the very minimal fee for FOF. Hope that helps!

  18. Yes, Just make sure the students click on “return to form” after submitting. The form should reset itself. To differentiate the data given by different students, it is advisable to include a “Name” field in the form:) Hope it helps.

  19. I used Google Forms for giving quizzes in my class this past year — both multiple choice and map quizzes — and while it had some quirks, it generally worked well. Additionally, you can set up a formula to have Google self-grade the quizzes, though you still then have to get that info back to the students. Here's my post on my experience using Google Forms:

    http://nkogan.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/google-f

  20. I think the graphing summary of Google forms has been seriously overlooked by teachers (like most web 2.0 . . .sigh). It's hard to find interesting graphs and pie charts – and here is a perfect way to personalize data for classroom use at ALL levels. I get tired of hearing Google forms in the same sentence with quiz and survey when there are so many more applications. Build a narrative from data collected from a form “It was (winter/summer/solstice) and I found a (turtle/bucket/tank) on the (path/beach/moon)” etc. Use it with your web quests (especially with students who can get lost or lose focus). Don't just use it for summative evaluation – put the form back into Formative!

  21. Hi Tom,
    My name is Erica Hartman and I am presenting on Google Docs at the next GTA in Chicago on 9/23. I love your use of forms and was wondering if I could feature your ideas in my presentation.
    I also need a few sound bytes on why you like using Google docs in the classroom.
    Thanks!
    Erica

  22. @isazen Thanks for the question – in order to create a scale choose the “Scale (1-n)” from the Question Type menu. You can then create a scale for whatever you choose 1-5 up to 1-10. You get to add a text tip for the lowest and highest values. Hope this helps.

  23. Wonderful ideas for using GoogleDocs forms in the classroom! I will definitely show these as examples the next time I teach GoogleDocs to teachers in my district.

  24. Great ideas thanks !

    Maybe a stupid question to ask you but how do you put in line numbers in the last question of your library book review please ?

  25. Great post… Couple of additional suggestions for you and your readers – which you might want to expand upon in a separate post (pls ping me for more info if you want)

    1 – Once you have data coming in to a form, it’s really fun to try visualizing that data using “Gadgets”… select a range of cells in the resulting spreadsheet then choose “Insert” and “Gadget…” to see all the ways to visualize… You can create geographic ‘heatmaps’, simple charts, word-clouds, language translations, etc…

    2 – (for tbarret) in your post you can create a “get your own copy” link by using the “allow anyone to view” URL (the one with the /ccc in it) and then adding &newcopy to the end of the link. Anyone clicking on that new URL will get a completely separate copy of the spreadsheet with the associated form in their Google Docs document list.

    Thanks for the great ideas for Google Docs users!

  26. Thanks for the great post once again Tom. I think that there are loads of ways that we can use Gdocs in the classroom – most of which we’ve not worked out yet!

    Just an additional thought about using forms in a reading record. The beauty of this system is that the children can also use the spreadsheet to sort the information that is contained eg by genre, rating out of ten or even by reviewer. Here’s the form I’ve created to add to the melting pot.

    http://spreadsheets.google.com/a/mrkp.org.uk/viewform?key=pu-uzv8Xw22fM_hIT1hC7aw&hl=en_GB

    Cheers
    Steve

  27. @Giannicolus – When the submit form button is clicked a time stamp is added to your entry. In order to identify the contributor you would need to add a NAME question to the form.

  28. Is there a way for Google Forms to include some identifier for the person filling out the form? Obviously, it’s good to be anonymous for a lot of reasons, but sometimes, it is helpful to know who wrote what.

  29. Thanks so much for sharing this. I just set up a form for getting to know the kids. This is exactly what I needed. You rock!

  30. Google forms are such a great tool and so easy to implement. I love all your ideas and know that students would much rather (an me too) fill in an online form than write a summary or answer tasks on paper.

  31. Thanks for the great ideas. I started fiddling with the form application and I already have a form for next year!! Great post; great ideas!

  32. These are great ideas!

    I have used google forms to survey students anonymously about the class at the end of a unit, and I am going to use a form to collect data on students (e-mails etc) at the beginning of this school year…. many of your ideas are going to filter in too!

    Thanks!

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