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Google Forms: Refresh and Update

Many teachers have begun using Google Forms in their classrooms so I thought it would be great to share some ideas of how they are being used and also go over the basics of creating a form again for those who are thinking about giving them a try.


What is Google Forms? For those who are new to Forms, this is a Google tool that allows you to easily create items such as surveys, exit tickets, assessments, etc. and collect the data automatically into a spreadsheet for next steps, grading, or follow up.


Forms update: New Forms is now available. You can try it any time and I'll show you how. You can always get back to the old forms if you don't like it.

How are teachers using forms in their classrooms?

  • Conferring notes
  • Exit tickets, reading responses, reflections
  • Video responses (flipped classroom)
  • Creating and grading tests and quizzes
  • Sign ups for student presentations, etc.
  • PLC documentation and collaboration
  • Surveys and data collection
  • Classroom library checkout
  • Homework
  • Parent input forms
  • Student suggestion box or support request

How can students use Google Forms?

  • Interviewing one another
  • Surveys
  • Collecting data for graphs
  • Reading logs or reflections
  • Peer feedback
  • Creating a story
  • Collaboration
  • Brainstorming or note taking

My favorite ways to use forms

These are a few of my favorite ways to use Google Forms:


  1. Student feedback during writing celebrations: As students do a gallery walk around the room to read the work of their peers, they fill out a form giving positive feedback. The author gets all the feedback into a nice spreadsheet in his/her Google Drive.
  2. Writing effective paragraphs: Set up a form for students to fill out where they have to write a topic sentence, three supporting details, a closing sentence, and then putting it all together. The completed paragraphs come to you for assessment.
  3. Quizzes and grading: Use Google Forms to create a quiz and use the Flubaroo add-on to grade it.
  4. Collecting data from students and/or parents: Great for collecting e-mails, getting parent volunteers, finding out who didn't do homework or who needs extra help, etc...