Monday, April 18, 2011

Google Forms - They can make your job easier.

Google Forms are a great way to instantly gather data from a variety of sources – parents, students and colleagues - with very little effort on your part and without requiring them to have a Google account of their own.  All they will need is the link to the live form that you create. Whether you have 20 students or 125, creating a spreadsheet from scratch and adding data yourself can be quite time-consuming.  A Google form will automatically create a spreadsheet  that is populated in real time with data that others enter into your online form.

Here’s more information on creating a Google form, sharing it with students or parents, and accessing the spreadsheet and  66 interesting ways to use Google forms in the classroom. This is a Google presentation created and shared by Tom Barrett from Nottingham, England. He has given everyone rights to add their own ideas to this presentation so more examples are sure to be included.

Just for fun - if you would like to try out a simple form, click here. You can see your response and others  in this spreadsheet.  Note: the share settings were changed so that anyone with the link can see the spreadsheet even without an account. 

Tip/s of the week:
#1 – In most browsers, you can right-click on a hyperlink to choose to open it in a new tab rather than a new window.  You can also hold down the Ctrl key while clicking a link to open it in a new tab.
#2 – If you accidentally close a tab in Internet Explorer or Firefox, you can reopen it by pressing Ctrl-Shift-T.

Web ResourceThinkfinity is a great free source of lesson plans and educational resources for all grade levels and subject areas.

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