4 New Ways to Use Google Docs Forms with Students

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The Google Docs form is an efficient tool for teaching and learning because it is user friendly, free, and works on most computing devices. Forms can be embedded into a variety of online learning platforms or emailed directly to students for easy access. Recently, Google improved the form by adding some multimedia features, providing teachers with more ways to use it for guided, independent learning. Here are a few great ways to use the Google Docs form.

Embed YouTube Video into a Google Docs Form

Now you can embed live YouTube video right into a form to create a guided video lesson for students. Consider using this type of activity as a homework assignment to provide students with a common starting point for learning in the classroom. Students can acquire background knowledge and bring it with them to class. A variety of types of questions offer many choices for educators designing video lessons.

Create a video lesson

 

Create a Self-Grading Quiz with Google Docs Forms and Flubaroo

Information collected through a Google Docs form is instantly displayed in a spreadsheet. Teachers can use a free script called Flubaroo to create self-grading multiple-choice or fill-in-blank quizzes to provide students with immediate feedback. Just follow the steps in the user’s guide to install Flubaroo and gain access to a Flubaroo menu in your spreadsheet. This menu streamlines the process of manually adding functions to a spreadsheet.

Create a self-grading quiz

 

Embed an Image Into a Google Docs Form

Pictures can be powerful tools for launching writing activities. Try using  a Google form as an alternative to a traditional whole group brainstorming activity to provide every student in the class with sufficient think time to contribute an idea.

 

Use a Google Docs Form as an Exit Ticket

Gauge student understanding and evaluate the effectiveness of a lesson by using a form as an exit ticket. Use the Show Summary of Responses  feature to get a quick glimpse of  the  big-picture, or  dig deeper and focus on individual student responses. Use open-ended questions to provide students with the opportunity to communicate about their learning. Use the exit ticket to give  students a chance to voice their opinions, concerns, and questions.

Final Thoughts

The Google Docs form is an efficient tool that can be used in a variety of ways to support learning and fine tune instruction. If you haven’t explored the tool beyond the basics, I encourage you to revisit it.

Susan Oxnevad

Susan Oxnevad

Susan Oxnevad is an educator, EdTech consultant and designer who is passionate about using technology as a tool for learning. Susan has been a classroom teacher and an active instructional technology facilitator in Chicagoland for more than two decades. She provides professional development for busy teachers via a variety of online and in-person platforms. Susan blogs about thoughtful ways to incorporate technology as an efficient and effective tool for learning on her own blog, Cool Tools for 21st Century LearnersFollow her on Twitter @soxnevad

8 Comments

Daisy Liverman /

Using documents forms for students are very important to save their desired file and Presentation in an document style,These documents helps them in having the file for a very long time until and unless their delete or erase it.Its always good to create or input some new methods in any format and it even motivates students to create something interesting if they get some new ideas or new ways which can be implemented on their work.Thanks for sharing it….

Derek /

I attempted to embed a YouTube video w/ the embed code into a Form, but do not get the video to appear. What am I missing?

Susan Oxnevad /

Hi Derek,
Please follow these directions to embed a YouTube video into a Google Docs form:
1. Open the form in edit mode.
2. From the insert menu, chose insert > video
3. On the screen that appears, paste the YouTube url into the box.
4. Voila, the video should appear, embedded in the form.

Joy H. /

You have good ideas, I like them. Surely will try the Exit Tickets. The only thing is that after using a dedicated form builder, Google Forms seems so limited. I use 123ContactForm and create trip approvals, trivia quizzes and even tested their Cornell notes. Works so good!

Laural Johnson /

I LOVE google forms. I use them to track behaviors at our school. The information helps us understand the behavior and when and where it occurs. How does more than 1 user take the survey. The ideas you suggest are great. I don’t know how to implement.
Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

Susan Oxnevad /

Laurel, Google Forms are quite easy to use to collect information from students or parents because a completed form doesn’t require a log in. After you create a form, look at the upper right side of the screen for a Send Form button. Click on that and you will get a link to the form, or you can send the form directly through email. For use with students, simply copy and paste the link on to your webpage, blog or digital platform for easy access. Results are automatically displayed in a spreadsheet so you can sort it if you want or you can choose Form > Show Summary of Responses to view a chart with the group summary.

Susan Oxnevad /

You are close, Derek, but instead of inserting the embed code into the box, just copy and paste the link to the YouTube into the box.

Susan Oxnevad /

Joy, there are always plenty of choices for getting the job done and Google Forms is just one of them. I like them because they are free, user friendly, and easy to access with my other Google Docs in my Google Drive.