Monday, 14 October 2013

Google Forms Staff Learning Project


I am doing a project with a colleague to see if we can use Google Forms to help increase the amount of homework students do, as well as the quality. Here is the tutorial I have made, along with the proposal.


Proposal for PLP

Staff
Ms Dutton and Ms Dance

Problem
Students are not always completing homework and are often unprepared for lessons because of this. When students do complete homework they often fail to put in adequate effort.


Solution
Once a week or whenever homework is set students will need to fill in an accompanying Google Form. The homework could be the Google Form itself. Borrowing ideas from the flipped classroom this form will also have a space where students can raise any issues or concerns. The first questions for every piece of homework will be ‘My name is’ followed by a multiple choice question with a list of the names of students from that class.
As we are using Google Forms we will have a record showing if there participation increases or not. We can also compare the quality of homework over time.
Benefits
This hopefully will increase homework participation and also provide a number of other benefits:

-This will create a uniform homework format that students get into the routine of doing.
-The first question ‘my name is’ will give us a clear view of who has and hasn’t done the homework.
-This record can be used as evidence if students are continually not doing homework.
-Students will become more accountable for their own work.
-Students will be able to raise any issues before a lesson, so we know exactly who needs support. This means we can give them help before the lesson,  either in person or digitally, (through email or sending them to websites or video tutorials) or we can give them targeted support at the start of class. If a lot of the class are having the same issues, we can change our lesson plan to resolve these.
-We will be able to compare student answers side by side.
-Students who have not filled in the Google Form will not be able to move on to the task in class, they will also not have the information and skills that the rest of the class have, so will feel left behind. This should include participation and increase students ownership over their own learning.
-Having all student responses in one document will help us when marking work.
-Having student work side by side should help us when providing students with ideas for improvement.
-Google forms produce two types of reports. One which shows one individuals answer to each question and another which shows all students answers to individual questions!
-Google Forms can be used for peer assessment.
-Google forms can be used to help students evaluate their own work, their peers and other artist’s work, developing more meaningful and insightful answers.

Issues

For the first few weeks we may need to go over the forms together at the start of class. Often students fail to answer in full sentences when filling in surveys. By discussing the answers and what we expect from them, we should not only see an increase in the amount of homework being done, but we should see an improvement in the quality.


Examples

When looking at the summary of responses this is the first result to show up. This means at the start of a lesson we can see who has and hasn’t completed the work. This could also be used the day before to remind students who have not completed the work.
Here we can see all the students results to one individual question. Here students can compare answers. This is also great for collaborative work, for example if you asked students ‘name one thing which creates a successful poster’, this would be followed by a list of all the students responses.
This is very good when doing peer feedback, for example ‘The thing I like most about Ms. Dance’s art is’ , would then be followed by all the results from all the students. This can be used by the student in the evaluation of their product or art work.



The other type of feedback shows individual's responses. Here you can scroll along and see the persons answers for each question.This can be useful for students to refer to when writing an evaluation. Also it is good for teachers to refer to when speaking to a student, or their parents, about their work. The problems column is also useful as you can quickly see who is having problems and what - these issues can be built into your lesson plan and dealt with at the start of class.


Other
If successful we would like to share this with other staff, hopefully getting them to adopt this method too.


VideoThis tutorial hopefully explains our plans and should also help anyone who wishes to adopt these methods.