Using Google Forms to Blend Learning in the Classroom

I recently did a webinar for EdWeb (which if you missed you can watch here). It was voted #1 webinar of the week on EdWeb, which made me think, why was this topic so popular with people, and why were the takeaways so good? Learning Bird made a fantastic overview of the webinar which I think summarises the ideas well, but still what made this a topic which people enjoyed?

We to begin with its fairly simple, people are stuck teaching the same old thing, in the same old way. Oh yes, they have ‘integrated technology’ into their teaching, but this often isn’t effective, efficient or pedagogically sound. The idea that I introduced in the webinar was that we could use Google Forms, along with a playlist to actually create a workflow which could power further learning and assessment. We aren’t actually doing anything too radical here, but we are changing the way that we do things, and we are removing some of our control, making effective use of our time and putting more trust in our students.

So how do we do this?

  1. Create a playlist of videos for a topic (Learning Bird, YouTube, Vimeo, or whatever platform you want to use)*
  2. Create a Google Form with a few questions which assess the knowledge which has been shown in the videos
  3. Set up Flubaroo or SuperQuiz to assess the responses
  4. Send feedback to students

* – Unfortunately YouTube Playlists can’t be put into a form as a video, so you will have to link to it

Flubaroo

This is an add on that you add in the responses sheet, it will check the response submitted against one which you have submitted and told it, it’s the answers. You can only check one correct answer unless you use %or to separate multiple correct options. The limitation here is feedback, the same thing goes back to every student, they just get told what was right and what was wrong. Have a go and see what feedback you get here.

Super Quiz

This add on again is added in the responses sheet, but this time you can customise the response which gets sent out. You could suggest videos for students to watch if they get certain questions wrong. Check out what happens here.

Taking it further

I think that using apps script it is probably possible to take this even further. The day that Google open up an API for Classroom will be the day that a workflow like this will become invaluable, with the form hosted in Google Classroom, the student completes the task and then gets their feedback and their mark (if you want to mark it) directly in Classroom using an add-on.

You can also use sheet formulas to process the form responses, which allows you to customise your responses. The great thing with this idea is that its not restricted to one subject area. Whilst it is well suited to Math, it could equally work well with English, Science or Foreign Languages.

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