Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Google Forms for the Classroom

Are you looking for a better way to communicate with and get information from parents in your class?  If so, I'm going to share with you how using Google Forms has made my life so much easier in the classroom.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Google Forms, you will be happy to learn how easy it is to use.  Google Forms is an application from Google that allows you to create your own surveys online.  You are able to create your own questions, question types, and even include pictures and videos into the survey.

Once you've come up with all of the questions you'd like to ask your audience, you can share the survey either by e-mail, or by providing your audience with a link.  Once they start answering your questions, you're able to see all of the responses and even export them into a Google Sheet (similar to Excel) where you can sort your data.

Check out my video tutorial on how to use Google Forms:
Here are some examples of when I plan to use Google Forms in my classroom this year:
  • Back to school student information forms (now I don't have to type it all up after they've written it down)
  • Emergencies, such as early dismissal due to inclement weather
  • Parent interest surveys
  • Student surveys in the classroom 
  • Staff interest surveys within the school
Google forms was a huge help to me last year when we had a last minute early dismissal due to weather, and it saved me a ton of time not having to call every single parent.  All I had to do was forward the survey to all of their e-mails, post it in our private class Facebook page, and I was able to know exactly how all of my students were getting home that day.  It was fantastic.  I hope that you're able to find a way to use Google Forms in your own classroom!