Thursday, September 19, 2013

Assessment Tools Part 1-Google Forms


My next few tech tips will be focused on the topic of assessment tools.  Correcting and analyzing assessment data can be very time consuming.  Over the few weeks I am going to share a few technology tools that will help save you time and seamlessly organize your data for you.  I will give some highlights of each tool, but please contact me if you want to learn more about any of the tools.

Google Forms:
Our district uses Microsoft 365, but Google forms (free) is still a tool from Google that I use regularly.  This summer they have added many new features, but one of the most significant is the video question option.  I like Google forms due to its simplicity, ability to self-correct, and data organization.  

Check out this great link which shows how Google forms can be used to create self-grading quizzes.  This would be a great alternative to scantron cards and it is much easier to analyze the results.  Google also provides a video question option along with a way to insert images into questions as well.  The forms are easily printable using the printer friendly format for those who can’t complete them online.  

Application:
Google forms collect multiple choice, rating scales, essays, and short answer questions.  Depending on the question type it will also organize the data and put it in a graph for you to easily analyze.
This would be a great tool to use when you are creating and analyzing data from your common formative assessments or summative assessments.  You can even collaborate with others to create a form and analyze the results.  Please contact me if you are interested in trying this tool in your classroom.

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