Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fun with Google Forms

Have you used Google Forms in your classroom?  I think Google Forms is a powerful resource that  is often overlooked.  If you haven't used it, or need a little refresher course on how to use it, then keep reading!

Google Forms can be connected to a Google spreadsheet.  Responses are automatically sent to the spreadsheet.  Google Forms are a simple and useful tool for sending surveys, giving a quiz, or for getting information, or planning an event.  In fact, there are so many uses for Google Forms in the classroom.  When my students were learning about graphs in math, my teaching partner sent out the following form to all the teachers at our school.  Students looked at the data that came in and used tally marks to count the results.  

After counting their tally marks, students each made a pictograph using the Smart Notebook app on their iPads.  (Our kids were also learning about Neighborhoods, so we incorporated that in the 2nd question.) 

Here are some other ideas for using Google Forms in meaningful and authentic ways in class:

Here is a link to the Book Review form I made for my students to fill out after they read their story.  Here is an example of a spreadsheet that is attached to the form: 

 Still looking for some other ideas?  How about these?

So, are you ready to try it out?  Here is how it works.  Just a word of warning though, if you are trying to create a Google Form on an iPad, you need to use the Desktop Version and not the Mobile. 

 I love how you can choose different themes for your form. 

These are the different types of questions you can use in your Google Form:

When you are ready to share your form, you have several options available.   I always like to email it to myself so I can easily find the link to where it is online.  But my favorite way to share it with my students is with a QR code. It is really easy to create a QR code that can be scanned by your students.  To create one, just go to Google and search for "QR Code Generator."    Once you do that, you will see lots of options.  I usually use this one.  All you need to know is the URL of your form.  Just go to your online form and copy the URL.  Paste the URL onto the QR Code generator, and it will automatically create the QR code for you.  Just copy the QR code and paste it into a document that the kids can scan.

On our iPads we have a free app called Qrafter.  I'm sure there are lots of other ones out there, but I've had lots of success with this one.  At the end of your class or workshop, why not have your students fill out a form telling what the most valuable thing is that they learned that day, and what they would like to learn about in the future? 

 Please share how you have used Google Forms in your classroom! 


  1. Great ideas, Kay! We are starting our graphing unit this week, so I am going to try out Forms to collect data from my students. Thanks for sharing!

    EduKate and Inspire

  2. Let me know how it goes Kate! I'm glad you are going to give it a try.

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