Here are some applications for using the free tool—Google Docs. This is a summary of a blog. Go to the blog for examples, lessons, and hyperlinks.
1. Get to know your class
Use this form to gather some indication from your new class about their likes and dislikes, their favorite lessons or after school clubs they enjoy. It will help you to build your relationships with children as you quickly learn more about them.
2. Emotion graph
An emotion graph is a simple line graph comparing a range of happiness to sadness against different points (time) in a story or film. This technique of graphing the emotional ups and down within a story really helps children to visualize the whole story in a different way. Use a Google Form to gather the children’s responses to different parts of any type of linear narrative, written or visual. It can be used in a film narrative literacy unit.
3. Spelling test
For your weekly spelling test use simple 1-10 or 1-20 numbered form (with a name question too of course) and ask the students to type in their answers as you read out the list of words. Once these are submitted apply formula to judge if they are correct or not and it becomes self-marking.
4. Comprehension questions
A Google Form could collate the students’ comprehension answers in one place for any given text. You could also share the answers with the class so that they can review what their peers are doing. This could be a formalized assessment of their understanding of a text or something more informal to start class discussions.
5. Weekly reading record
A form could be created for the students’ reading diary. It can be accessed from any computer.
6. Math data handling
A form could be a simple way of collecting information about the class – shoe size, eye color etc. Read online for a link to a spreadsheet for analysis.
7. Guided reading record
Create a form as a class record for small focused group reading--such as 15-20 minute guided reading sessions.
8. Prior learning assessment
Use a form to assess what the students already know about any given topic that you are beginning. The form could be a formalized assessment with specific questions about the topic or it could be more general and open for them to explain what they know.
9. Library book review
Create a form as a simple way of collecting the students’ thoughts about what they read. The children in the class could use it as a reference to help them choose a book to read.
10. Learning success
Create a form to assess student learning from a single lesson or series of lessons on a topic. Invite the students to assess their own confidence after practicing something – such as a lesson on one of the written multiplication methods. The form would collate the views of all of the class very quickly and allow you to make a quick assessment on next instruction needed.