Google Form Feedback

Screenshot 2015-12-16 at 8.41.21 PMForms are one of those things that are extremely useful for collecting quick information. It seems like everyone at one point or another was shown the magical ways of collecting and sorting information via form input. Unfortunately, most have moved on from traditional form design in favor of single serving cloud based programs – designed to make these tasks more seamless. In conducting research forms (surveys) are a necessity. I need a way to collect multiple points of substantial data. This comes in the form of programs like Google Forms and a more robust program like Qualtrics. While using Gradecam to bubble in rubric points for a science presentation, I decided to create a form that could keep track of all my student rubric scores across three classes. I wanted a way to add up and display all the final student scores. Google Forms automatically creates a spreadsheet for each form you launch. This spreadsheet can be edited and formulas applied without worrying about the integrity of your data. Screenshot 2015-12-16 at 8.57.50 PMAfter that, I applied this same thinking to tracking student understanding for my 7th grade science labs. At the end of each lab I would post a feedback form for my students on Google Classroom. While I consider this informal data collection, the quick insights are a good barometer for what students understood. Google Forms also gives you the option for displaying a “quick summary” which contains basic descriptive statistics – which is very useful for seeing class data. In the end, I think the process of creating the forms and viewing the data promotes best practices among teachers. The validity of the data received from students informally really only provides a surface level snapshot, but it instills a sense of self-reflection among students and teachers. There have been a few instances where I knew a lab direction set was challenging and the data received supported that notion. Having seen data from three full classes, it definitely made me think about certain lab presentations for the future.