Google Forms: Surveys, Assessment, and Elections

Computer room at CBCMR: 2017 polling station

During this school year I’ve had the opportunity to use Google Forms in various contexts: as an assessment in the classroom, as a questionnaire to elect candidates for different organizations and as a tool to determine students’ perceptions of their teachers. My tech students who are in their Senior year of high school have used it for their science and Spanish-language research projects. Bear in mind, that a form is only as good as the items created by the teacher (or student).

So far I’ve found Google Forms to be effective. A G Form is easy to create and the results can be had almost immediately (depending on the Internet connection). The resulting graphs are usually visually pleasing and relatively simple. This past week, the student body elected their student council representatives using Google Forms. The results of the voting of 212 students were obtained in less than two hours without the hassle of a hand count! Half-way through the second-class period (Note: We have 80-minute periods) we were able to announce the winners. The student council adviser was impressed and rightly so!

However, there is one drawback with Google Forms which I haven’t been quite able to work out. When it comes to printing out the graphs, not all the data can be seen. Unless, the print version is scaled down quite a bit (and you have a magnifying glass at hand to read it!), there is always one circle that is cut off or some of the percentages aren’t visible. I suppose it depends on the length of the form. But I’m still trying to work around this “glitch” and the Google Forms HELP section is really not helping at all. So, if there is anyone out there in the cyber world who can provide assistance, I’ll be eternally grateful!  I will continue to use this app because, frankly, I like it, and the best part of all, it’s free! ~~LMMolina


Forms and Surveys on Blogs or Webpages

Further investigation into the features of Google Drive and SkyDrive brought me to discover the survey element they both have.  I wanted the students to use it on their blogs so I asked them to prepare a quick questionnaire related to the blog topic. Those who have SkyDrive used “Excel Survey” and the ones with Google Drive used “Form.” Each student prepared 5 questions with 3 multiple-choice items each.  I reviewed the student’s questions to check for errors and once approved, the student prepared the online survey. Each survey was posted on the student’s blog and the link to the page was sent to fellow classmates. In a future assignment, each student will analyze and post the results of the survey.

Both SkyDrive and Google Drive can generate a link to the survey. Google Drive provides an HTML code that can be embedded into a blog or webpage. With both, the responses can be viewed.  Up to now, I believe that  Google Drive’s “Form” has the advantage over SkyDrive’s “Excel Survey.” The Google Drive user can select colorful themes and the results of the survey can be displayed graphically.

Forms or surveys: interesting items to add to a blog or webpage! ~~LMM