Have a think how many times in school you need to collect data and ask questions. This might be for a travel survey to find out how children get to school or it could be to find out their favourite ice-cream for a maths lesson. You may also want to send a survey home to parents to complete. Completing surveys is one thing, but how do you analyse the data from it? One way you could simplify the whole process is Google Forms.
These are free and you just need a Google Account. Once you have one, go to Google and click on More>Documents at the top. Then you can create a survey, called a form. Videos to help you can be found under Google Docs on www.ictvideohelp.co.uk
These can be made in seconds. You can also set it to email you everytime it is completed or each day or not at all. At any stage you can collate the data and check to see the results so far.
The major downsides, especially for school use are that you can’t customise to your own colours and styles or import pictures and sound. However, for most uses, these work well.
Possible uses in school include:
- Topic Evaluations – How did our topic go? What would you improve etc
- Internet Access Survey – Do you have computers at home etc
- Self-Evaluation – Ask the children how they think their learning has gone
- Induction into Year R/3 – for parents
- Training Evaluation – What training do the teachers require?
As ICT Coordinator, the way that I use Google Forms the most is as a fault log. Instead of having a book for the technician (or me) to log problems with the network, the teachers click on a link on our website which takes them to a form. Once they complete this form with their problems (e.g. which computer isn’t working and what it’s doing) it emails me so I can either fix it myself or get someone to look at it.
If you want to find over 70 different ways of using Google Forms in the classroom, why not visit: http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/googleforms.htm
So go and try it out, send a form to your class or your parents. You will be surprised at just how easy it is to do!