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If you are brand new to Google Forms, I suggest you check out my previous post: Step-by-step creating a Google Form or check out this introductory glance at Google Forms with Steve Dotto.

  1. Attendance / Mood Tracker

    Create a form that students fill in as soon as they get to class (on computer or mobile device). The form asks for their name, their current mood (chosen from a list), why they feel that way, one goal for today and whether or not they require a teacher conference. See a great write-up on the concept here.

  2. Ticket out the door:

    One of my favourite applications of Google Forms is the ticket out the door strategy. This is fantastic for formative assessment. Just create a form with a few questions for students to answer at the end of class. I prefer to keep my questions general so I can use the same form again and again, tracking progress over time. Sample Ticket Out the Door (click me)

  3. Self-Evaluation:

    Google Forms is also great for self-evaluations. I use this all the time in my classes. Since I mark my projects using rubrics, it is easy to set up a form for a student to self-evaluate their work. I have also used this for peer and group evaluations for more informal activities like beta-testing a classmate’s video game. Sample Self-Evaluation (click me)

  4. Track student behaviour

    Keep track of discipline over time. Create a teacher-only form that you can fill out on computer or iPad that allows you to quickly input student name and infraction (from a list) and steps taken (from a list). Every entry will be time-stamped and this will be a great resource for Parent-Teacher conferences or referrals to administration.

  5. Pre-assessment / Get to know you:

    In addition to doing face to face icebreakers with new students, I like to give them a short survey at the start of the year to better understand where my students are coming from. This strategy would also work at the start of a new unit to check prior knowledge. Sample Pre-assessment Survey #1 (click me), Sample Pre-assessment Survey #2 (click me)

  6. Online Quiz (self-marking too)

    Create a quiz through Google Forms. It is even possible to make a self-marking quiz with the Flubaroo script, as seen on Google Apps for Education. Again, this might be good for a pre-assessment or a ticket-out the door strategy to check learning periodically. Sample Quiz (click me)

  7. Hall Pass

    Have students quickly fill out the hall pass form before they leave the classroom so you know where they are. This can be filled out from a smart phone. I implemented this in one class last year where I wanted to track suspicious patterns in a student leaving my classroom.

  8. Workshop or Event Scheduling

    Finally, probably my favourite use of Forms is to create quick registration forms for workshops or events. Sample Workshop Registration (click me)Sample Event Registration (click me)

Google URL Shortener

Because the Google Form URL is often very long and hard to type in accurately, I highly recommend using the Google Url Shortener found at http://goo.gl. This shortens the URL so it is very easy to type into a web browser, especially on a mobile device.

Bonus Tip: QR Codes

You could also create a QR code for Google Forms you want students to access. Why not put a QR code on (or near) your door for students to complete their “Ticket out the door” or one for them to scan on the way in for the “Attendance / Mood Tracker”? There are many websites that create QR codes, such as qrstuff.com

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