Surveys

This page tells you how you can use Google Forms. This is a tool with a multitude of possible applications. For example, it can be used to:

let pupils submit work to you online;
mark and analyse pupils’ work (and even email them their results) in no time at all;
get feedback from pupils on their progress, etc.

Click here for an example of a simple revision tool created using Google Forms.

Click here for an example of a pupil survey created with Google Forms. Some GCSE Classical Civilisation pupils were asked to fill it in after their mock exams were returned to them. At the click of a button Google Forms then produced a thorough breakdown of their responses. Two small excerpts are shown here (click on the images to enlarge):

survey 1

survey 2

You can also see all of the responses on a spreadsheet, which allows you to identify what information each individual student entered. It is obvious that feedback of this quality will help you to plan really focussed follow-up work, whether it be targeted at the whole class, at small groups, or at individual pupils.

The best thing about all of this is that Google Forms is really, really easy to use. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself by following these simple steps:

Step 1 – You need a gmail account
If you do not already have an account, you can set one up at: https://google.com/

Step 2 – Create a form
1. Load up: https://drive.google.com/
2. Log in using your gmail address and password.
3. Either: Select a form that already exists so that you can edit it.
or: Start a new form by selecting “File”, then “new”, and then “form”. Don’t forget to give your form a name so that you can easily find it again.
4. Creating or adapting a form is a very user-friendly process, and you will probably be able to work out for yourself how it all works, but you may find this demonstration helpful.

NB If you will want to know who responded to a form, make sure you include a request for a name, and mark this as a required response. If you will want to email feedback to the respondents, make sure your form asks for their email address.

5. If you want to check what the form will look like online at any point, click on “view live form”.
6. Your form will save automatically if you close the page for any reason.
7. Once you have finished creating your form, click on “send form”. This will create a URL (an online location) which you should send to your own email address.
8. When the email arrives, you will note that the URL is very long, and probably not the sort of thing you would want to write on a board or expect pupils to type in themselves. Therefore, it is probably a good idea to shorten the URL by using this link.
9. Your form can now be completed by anyone you share the URL with.

Step 3 – Review the responses and provide feedback
1. Log in as shown at the start of the previous section and open the form you want to review or provide feedback for.
2. Select “View Responses” and a spreadsheet will appear showing all the responses submitted.
3. If you want to evaluate the responses, it’s a good idea to use a plug-in called “Flubaroo”. You cannot do this on the school network, but should be able to do so on your own devices. To do this, within the response spreadsheet click on “insert”, then “script”, then “education”, and then scroll through the available titles until you find Flubaroo. Click to install.
4. Flubaroo will allow you to “(re)grade assignments”, “view a report” on all the responses, and email scores to respondents. Simply click on the “Flubaroo” tab, then select the relevant option and follow the onscreen instructions – all very straightforward.

Have fun!

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