Google Forms – Basic Design (Part 1)
This year as a school we began implementing “Student Learning Objectives” as part of our curriculum. In order to do this, we followed the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of Missouri’s suggested “SLO – Progress – Tracker.” In order for the tracker to be effective, teachers needed an easy way to collect quantifiable data on student performance and content knowledge. For many teachers, the easiest way to do this on a consistent basis is Google Forms! In part 1 of Google Forms, we are going to discuss some ideas of how to design your Google Forms to be effective in the classroom.
To access Google Forms, go to forms.google.com or go to your Drive Account (drive.google.com), click “New” – More – Google Forms. When accessing it from forms.google.com, it will give you quick templates that could be useful to have assessments within minutes.
The Basics About Google Forms
Just like every other Google Apps product, when the Google Form is first created, they are “untitled.” Change the title to the appropriate standard or assessment (Tip: In the title include a shorten name for Formative/Summative Assessment for organizational purposes. For Example: “FA” for Formative Assessment.) I have attached a Google Document that goes into more detail the specific options you can do with the form, so that I can get into designing the form. (Google Forms – Cheat Sheet)
Obviously there are a slew of ways to design your form, but the following has been wonderful for my purposes. The first questions I always ask are First Name, Last Name, Hour, and Password. The two names and password are setup as “short answer” and the Hour “Drop Down.” To get the password question to work appropriately, you go to “Data Validation,” “Text,” “Contains,” enter desired password. Tip: If “custom error text” is left then the password will be revealed to the students. Instead, create a standard response like “Incorrect Password.” For Example, for my American Government test on the Judicial Branch, I could use the password “Chief Justice” that students would use to access the assessment.
After the sign-up page is completed, create a new “section” which are essentially pages to the form. From this point forward, you can incorporate a variety of questions to help you assess your students content knowledge.
Brian “Lewis” Pier suggested that in lieu of a password, create all the necessary copies of the Google Form and connect their responses to the same spreadsheet. Then post each Assessment to your Google Classrooms in draft mode so that students can not access it till you publish it.
- If you are a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) school, then I would suggest setting up a short answer question that requires them to put in their school email account. This will allow you to use Flubaroo to send students their results upon completion of their assessment. (A post about Flubaroo will be completed later)
- When doing a “Matching Question” use “Multiple Choice Grid.” I have found putting the question on the “row” portion and answers on the “column” portion it has been easiest for students to view. Tip: Put no more than 5 matching words-definitions per grid so that students can easily use the grid.
- Be sure and click “Require one response per row,” “Limit to one response per column” and “Shuffle Rows” to help deter cheating between students.
- Provide yourself multiple “Sections” throughout the assessment. It helps break-up the test for students and provides opportunities for corrections on the part of the teacher. For example, if a student notices that something is spelled wrong (which happens) students can go to a previous section while you correct the error. Once corrected, students return to the section and it is corrected on their form. (I generally do no more than 7 Multiple Choice Questions per page)
- When making these assessments, I first create it on a Google Doc. This is handy when going to create a form, because Google Forms will automatically detect the “Enter” was used and make that into a separate “option.” Here is a Gif demonstrating how it works: Gif of “Enter”
- Tip: There is an Add-On to do the Google Form but I generally just have two windows open side-by-side between the doc and form.
- On a multiple choice question, I always put the correct answer as the bottom answer. The reason is when students complete the assessment, it makes it easy to identify how the students do collectively. Under the “Responses” tab, the form will color code each option (Gif demonstrating how it looks). Since nearly all my multiple choice questions are four options, then the correct answer will be green (option four is green). Definitely handy when trying to quickly determine collective student comprehension of material.
Any other ideas? How do you incorporate Google Forms into your classroom? For more ideas, check out Alice Keeler’s Google Forms Section.