Thursday, August 6, 2020

Different Ways to Use Google Forms for Digital Learning

I originally sent this out on Twitter, but I figured I should post it here so that I have a record of it.

Since a majority of us teachers are starting the school year in a somewhat virtual environment, personally I have found it very overwhelming to learn lots of new web app tools. As much as I want to implement them, I also know from experience that it is best to learn 1-2 new tools and then to master them. I also know that I also need to take the web app tools which I do know and to learn new ways to facillitate them.

In the spring, when we abruptly had to change to digital learning, I knew how to use Google Forms, so here are different ways in which I milked Google Forms for all that could I during that time. These were set up as self-grading quizzes. Students could do these up to three times, and I would take the best grade. These forms are based on the Latin novella “Perseus et Rex Malus.” Students would receive their scores immediately upon completion, but I did not provide the correct answers.

A key component: in order to get in repetitions of language, i did 3-4 of these activities for the same passage. Students were able to get in necessary repetitions of language and to interact with the messages in different modalities without it being repetitive.

Some of these examples are better than others, because some of these I just threw together to create something for students to do when I couldn’t think of anything else. However, I do plan on adapting many of these for better usage. I have written up directions for many of these activities on this blog - do a search in the side bar for "technology":

  1. Reading Comprehension/Sight Reading 
  2. Picture/Sentence Matching 
  3. Character Matching 
  4. Support the Statement
  5. Emoji Sentences
  6. Derivative/Cognate Matching
  7. Using Video Clips
  8. Using Audio Clips (I would suggest using Formative for this instead. When you create this using Google Forms, your audio clips are stored in Google Drive, but Google Drive has a daily download limit of media. I found this out the hard way when many students could not access the audio files.


  1. Hey there Keith! I've been reading and following your blog so I appreciate all the new and fresh ideas you have been posting to keep the classroom CI using the technology tools we have. So, I've seen this sight reading activity a few times and was wondering what it is...any input would be great and thank you!

    1. It is a sight reading activity based on a Perseus novella for students to demonstrate their comprehension. It gives me an idea of what students are able to understand at sight - the formative feedback then informs me where to go.