What are Google Forms? How do I use them?

A topic was presented that interested me. Using Google Forms as ICT in assessment. What the …. is a google form let alone using it as an assessment tool? Off I go with my trusty google search engine.

The first part of my research took me on a journey to find out what a google form is. According to Google Drive (2013):

Google Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way. A Google form can be connected to a Google spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is linked to the form, responses will automatically be sent to the spreadsheet. Otherwise, users can view them on the “Summary of Responses” page accessible from the Responses menu.

Here is a short video that describes Google Forms

Using my PLN I discovered Tom Barrett, a teacher from England who has incorporated  Google Forms into classroom assessment. Here is a link to his blog ’10 Google Forms for the classroom’ that outlines how he is achieving this great blend of rich ICT experiences into everyday learning and assessment.

My particular favourite is using Google Forms for the weekly spelling test. I can really see the benefit here as all results are collated in a spreadsheet and identifying misspelled words will be a whole lot faster than opening 30 student exercise books, finding the right page and individually marking each one. Using a spreadsheet the data can then be transfered into individual students spreadsheets and can provide a visual graphical analysis of results over time.

What are your thoughts and ideas?

Examples for embedding higher order thinking in ICT.

Throughout my quest to find supporting evidence for Assignment 1 I discovered Smart Classrooms by Education Queensland. It assists all participants in ICT education such as teachers, students, parents and communities with school wide strategies, pedagogical frameworks and approaches to ICT education in Queensland schools. In particular by far my favourite section of this website is The Digital Classroom. According to Education Queensland (2012) The Digital Classroom is a series of three Teaching and learning with ICT placemats that support schools with practical ideas and strategies for providing digitally-rich student experiences. In particular the third placemat details practical ideas and tools for teaching in digitally rich environments (Education QLD 2012). The major benefit of this placemat is the visual detailing of higher order thinking. I look forward to adding these placemats to my digital toolkit.