Just a head’s up, this is a late post from the week we focused on Google Forms (as you can probably tell by my title). This has nothing to do with Google My Maps!
My first Google Form (the branching form) would be used as a sort of check-in. It’d be very simple: I’d distribute it every Monday to get a weekly pulse on how students are feeling, how I can help them, etc. I started off the form with a few fun questions simply asking for their opinions of things. And then I ask if they feel like a “good nut” or a “bad nut.” And these would be terminology that we’ve been using throughout the year to describe how we feel. Then the form would go on to different sections; One section would be for those who picked the bad nut and the other for those who picked the good nut. This would be used for elementary students.
My next Google Form is the self-graded quiz. I would have students read the book Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, probably over a long break like Summer. Then I would test them on the big-picture content of the book using this Google Form. I would do this specifically for AP World History high school students.
I think that there are a ton of things you could do with Google Forms. I’ve definitely used it for all sorts of academic purposes, from quizzes and attendance to getting a pulse of the classroom and sign-ups. If you’re planning on doing elementary education, it would probably only be useful for 3rd graders and up, unless the form is very, very simple. Otherwise, I don’t think it’s the best tool for the really young kiddos. I think that secondary education teachers would find Google Forms especially useful since older kids can more easily navigate through it on their own without getting lost/confused.
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Google Forms can be super beneficial in the classroom for students to take quizzes and get immediate feedback. I think this subsides anxiety for students so they don’t need to wait for the teacher to grade each one individually and hand it back. I also think that google forms can be beneficial for morning check-ins where students can fill it out when they come in and the teacher can keep track of all the responses digitally. Another way that I think google forms can be used is for anonymous surveys if a teacher makes a link accessible for students to say, admit, ask, etc. anything that has been going on in their personal lives.
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5th grade learning about geography and what each state does/has in the United States.
Self graded quiz
Google forms can be helpful in the classroom after a lesson to check in how students feel about that lesson and how well they understood the lesson. It can be great for quizzes or lessons, it opens many doors!
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The first Google Form I made is a quiz for students to take to get to know their teacher. I made the questions silly and fun so students could get to know me as a person while practicing their test-taking skills. After students take the quiz, they can create their own “how well do you know ___” quizzes that the rest of the class can take. I pictured this activity during the beginning of the day while students are getting settled or during the day as a fun brain break from lessons. It is a great way to build classroom community while letting kids be silly.
The second Google Forms quiz that I made is a silly never-ending quiz for students to take. This quiz could be given at the beginning of a period, the teacher could make it seem like a big deal and instruct the students to work in complete silence. Tell them that they can only finish once they press the submit button (which they will not get to) Then, see how long it takes for the students to see that they are being tricked into a silly quiz. I had the questions start out with one topic and then get broader and more random. Some even have students make a sound or movement but are not allowed to say anything to a partner. I think this would be a fun way to relieve testing anxiety and keep humor in the classroom. It could also be a fun April Fools joke.
I like how Google Forms are easy to make and I learned a lot about the different types of questions, how to make self grading quizzes, and the opportunities that are possible using Google Forms.
Self-graded quiz: How well do you know your seasons?
Branching form: The perfect day!
Google forms is a super easy way to collect quick data all at once on where the students in your classroom are at in terms of content. I would love to use forms to conduct mini quizzes or surveys for formative assessments. I would also like to use it to address parental questions and concerns/collect contact information. I would like to create a form and provide parents with the link so they are able to submit any concerns they have, allowing me to keep track of them and keep them all in one place. This can also be done for student concerns if they feel the need.
I decided to do a self-graded quiz on addition and subtraction. This would be for a kindergarten lesson and other than learning numbers, addition and subtraction play a huge role in math. We simply wouldn’t be able to move forward without addition and subtraction. Students will simply complete this self-graded quiz at the end of our unit and see how much they understand these two concepts. This will also help me as a teacher to see how well my students did on this unit that I taught them.
Let’s go to our dream vacation!
This was my branching form that I created and this will help you to decide where you want to go for your dream vacation along with how you would like to get there. After you decide how you would like to get there, it directs you to different food places and activities in the location you chose!
- Self Graded Quiz – Recognizing Different Types of Solid Shapes!
This self graded quiz would be perfect to do with Kindergarteners to gauge their knowledge on different solid shapes. I created this form using a variety of pictures that represent solid shaped in real life!
2. Branching Form – Jungle Geometry Dash!
I created this Jungle Geometry Dash branching form as a fun interactive activity that the students can use as a brain break or just a small activity in between lessons throughout the day.
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How I might make use of Google forms in the classroom: I loved the self-graded quiz! Like so many other Google products, it was super easy to use and very aesthetically pleasing. I could see myself making weekly math quizzes like the one I made here. It would be a great way to track student learning and I like that you can add videos and links as part of the feedback. This would be a good option for teachers who are teaching online too! I do wish you could differentiate between feedback for correct and incorrect answers on the short answer questions, but other than that, I was satisfied with the way Forms works. I’m not sure I would do as many branching forms just because you have to create so many sections to keep it branching, but it could be fun to incorporate into the classroom every once in a while.
My Self-Graded Quiz: Lesson 26 Quiz ~ Understand 10 More and 10 Less
My Branching Form: All About Me
Adventure Branching Form:
How is it Useful?
Google Forms can have such a unique and special use in the classroom. I think some really cool ways are, of course, two of the ways I have displayed above. When looking at previous students’ work, I was quite inspired by the Art History gallery walk and thought I would make my own rendition regarding historical periods. Not all the periods I used will reflect that of social studies in elementary school, but I used some of my favorite periods to display how an adventure branching form can be used to teach history. I believe, especially in this day and age, students might find themselves more confident using technology when testing. So having self-graded quizzes for both formative and summative assessments is possible. One great feature of creating a formative self-graded quiz is students then are provided resources to study if they answered a question wrong or are unsure when reflecting on their score.
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- Self Graded Quiz- Earth’s Place in Space Unit Quiz
In my cooperating classroom, my first graders are learning about our solar system. This quiz will help the students assess how well they know the information and help the teacher know if there are any misconceptions that the students may have. The feedback given immediately after the quiz will allow the students to reflect on their results and answers. Here is a quick quiz I made about space unit!
2. Branching Form- Choose your space adventure
This branching form would be a fun activity for students to choose their own space adventure. This would be a fun way to either begin the unit to get student’s thinking about space (in a fun, unrealistic way) or to end the unit, as a celebration! Students will have the option to go to the moon or mars and encounter many obstacles on the way!
- Self Graded Quiz – How Well Do You Know Miss Kate?
I think that this would be a fun activity for students in the beginning of the year to get to know their teacher! I love the idea of teachers and students forming close relationships and bonding over real life things – not just school. Here is what I created about myself!
2. Branching Form – Design Your Dream Day!
I created a Design Your Dream Day braching form because I thought that this would be a fun brain break for students, morning opener, or could be an intro into a fun lesson on businesses or time management! I also love having students practice decision making skills, this is a great skill to learn and a fun way to practice!
This assessment will be taken at the end of the day after students learn the properties of a number line. While taking this assessment, they will have access to a paper copy of a number line, as well as cut out circles that they can use to move along their number line back and forth. The quiz has both multiple choice and written response questions, as well as a quick review at the beginning and a question at the end that will get students thinking about topics that will be covered in the next lesson.