I love google forms. They are one of the easiest way to collect information for you, and you can sort out the information easily later on. You can view the information through diagrams and graphs, or you could view it through spreadsheets.
Many of you are familiar with using google forms for creating surveys regarding events and workshops you have organised. Apart from these, there are many more ways to use google forms in the classroom. I will share three ways I have used them in the classroom.
1. Formative Assessment
I have used this method a couple of times in my history classes. Students answer Source-based questions by typing their answers into google forms. To allow easy collation, I would type in all the index numbers in a list, and let the students select the right one. This is important because if you get the students to type in manually, one or two will type differently and it makes sorting out the data more difficult. If you have a few classes, you can add in the class, so that you can sort all the answers according to class, and then index number. Add in a textbox to collect their names.
After the students have completed typing their answers, you are able to see who has submitted their answers easily. If a student had chosen the wrong index number, you can easily change it in the spreadsheet.
To facilitate marking, print out the answers and mark. It is much faster to mark typed answers than handwritten ones, at least for me. I would then photocopy the marked answers for the students. They are able to see why one answer is better than another. With marking symbols, students know which part of their answers is missing. Weaker students benefit from this as they get to see better developed answers. This is hard to do in a conventional class if you do not have time to share the various good answers.
Besides that, many students are motivated to do better the next time as they want to outdo their classmates. If you want to avoid hurting any students’ feelings, you could easily hide the names in the spreadsheet.
Apart from surveys for your event, have you conducted surveys with your own students? I had carried this out with my English class, and students provided feedback on which components they would like me to focus on. You could use this to find out whether they want more of something, or want less of something. You can also get the students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses.
Depending on your comfort level, you could let the students be anonymous, or you could get them to leave their names. Being anonymous may swing both ways. One could see students being less serious and flippant in their answers, while the other could mean students telling you what they really think. Having their names allow you to speak to them directly and address their concerns. It is really up to you.
You could also do this in the beginning of the year to collect information about them (phone numbers, email addresses etc), and what opinions they have about your subject.
For a history project, we had students interview their parents and relatives about their ancestors. Where did they come from? When did they come to Singapore? Why did they come to Singapore? How did they come?
We had learnt really a lot about them. We had students with royal lineage. A medical hall owner, a goldsmith, coolies, a samsui woman, a sailor and even opium dealers were some of the occupations held by their ancestors!
The average number of years the students’ families had been in Singapore were 77, and the longest record was 169, which should be 171 by now. Most of them came from Asia, but we had a tiny number from Europe. These are really interesting facts! It is also a good opportunity for the students to discover their own heritage.
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How have you used google forms in your classes? Do share with us!