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Google Forms for Teachers (Lesson 6 Of 30)

 

G.O.A.T is modern slang for the Greatest of ALL Time!

Today we will look at why Google Forms is my favorite app for teachers.

As an Ed Tech geek, I often get asked for recommended tools. I always start with this one question: do you use Google Forms? Even if the people say they use it, I then ask if they use it for self-graded quizzes. If they say they don’t, then I know they really have no idea about the power of Google Forms.

With that in mind, here are eight ways I use Google Forms to supplement my teaching and enhance my lessons. Please read on about how you can use it, or you can skip to the video tutorials here.

Student Profiles
Google Forms is a great tool for getting a feel for your students. You can access their level, interest, and expectations from a simple pre-course survey. I often ask students various questions in  order to learn about each student’s English level or background. This feedback is helpful in planning future lessons and directing students to content suitable for their level or interest. (You did this at the beginning of this course)

Self-Graded Quizzes
This feature is the number one reason teachers love this tool. Not only can you create quizzes that students can do online (on any device), but you can also make them self-grading, so students can access the answers once they complete the quiz. Forms can even give the students a score.

Learner Logs
This use of Forms is what made me fall in love with the app. Teachers can create a simple form to track what students are reading or listening to for an extensive reading or listening assignment. I have students write a short 20 word summary and 20 word opinion each time they read or listen to materials. By doing so, learning is more reflective and the teacher and student can track their progress. It also helps the teacher engage with the students about their content.

Problem Projector
Teacher can prompt students with problems and then go over them as a class. By converting the form to a spreadsheet, the teacher can give meaningful feedback to students about mistakes without embarrassing them in front of the class. This feature is really good for highlighting common errors and for raising student-awareness about their mistakes.

Submission Share
With submission share, teachers can collect information from students and then share that information with other students. For example, all students can write a paper, make a quiz, or record audio and then share it with the class

Video Quiz
Forms lets teachers make quizzes with Youtube videos. Teachers can then ask students to respond to the video with answers that go beyond boring multiple choice options.

Evaluation Forms
When doing speaking tests or grading writing papers, teachers can use forms to make feedback efficient, uniform and meaningful.

Class Surveys
Teachers can give surveys before, during, or after class to gain insight on student perspectives about the course.

All in all, Google Forms is the Greatest of All Time in my book. No other app does so much, so fast, and so easily and for free! It is an essential tool for thousands of teachers worldwide. If you are not using it, it is the one tool I recommend you start using in your lessons, especially if you are a language teacher.

You can see how to use it here!

That’s it for this module! I hope you enjoyed it. You now have a five days to explore the tools further. I will write again tomorrow with recommendations on how to fuse all the tools we just learned into a meaningful project you can complete in a few days.

Your homework is to create a Google Form and put it in your shared folder. If you do not have a shared folder, you need to share one with me here.

Thanks as alway and talk to you soon.

Todd

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Notes, Tips and Tricks!

SAAS stands for Software as a Service, which means software that you access online at a remote server. Blogger, Drive and Forms are all SAAS because you do not download them.

Audacitiy is a tradictional software in that you need to download it.

Evernote is a hybrid, like Dropbox in that you can sync it to your computer but to operate effectively, you need an online account.

For the course, you need to have a Gmail Account but once you have a Gmail account you get to access all the other Google Products for free from that account. In other words, once you have an account you can create content on Forms, Drive, and Blogger without having to create a new account!

Did you know?

On Blogger, you can create multiple blogs under one account, which is perfect for teachers with different classes of varying levels or subject matter.

Box and Dropbox are two other great free file hosting and sharing services that rival Drive. Also, for people not interested in using the Google eco-system of products, they can use Joomla, Wordpress, Wix, or Weebly just as effectively. They are all free too!

 

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