I love using Google Forms in the classroom. Recently I have found them extremely effective for post-assessment student reflection (see here). I have also transformed the way I ask students to do written practice in the classroom. Most of my worksheets have been thrown own out (well recycled!), and I now make Google Forms and change the settings option to make it into a quiz, which allows the students to get immediate feedback.
One of the wonderful things about using Google Forms in this way is that you can pre-load student feedback. In this example students were practising a Spanish grammar point and I pre-loaded feedback on common mistakes that from experience, I could anticipate students making. Another fantastic feature of using Google Forms is you can accept multiple answers as correct, or, if you are looking for absolute accuracy, you can only allow one answer as acceptable. If and when the students complain that they got the answer wrong simply because they forgot a capital letter, you can have a conversation with them about the importance of conventions. The last benefit that I will mention is the ability to give numerical points for correct answers. Although we as teachers don't necessarily love this scoring option, the students do, and this motivates them to complete their work accurately.
As a side note my top tip is to get the students to screen shot their score and any incorrect answers before they close out of the form, as this prevents them from just glancing at a number and not looking at their successes and areas for improvement. If the students forget to screen shot and I can't have a conversation with them about their progress, then have have to re-do the work from the beginning! Of course, these Google Forms are perfect for any vocabulary and grammar tests that you want to give your students. Here you can see an example of a test I gave my students on family members and adjective agreements. So are you convinced? Please see below my step-by-step guide to creating a Google Form and how to make it into a Google Quiz. Note, that if you do not want your form to become a quiz (with feedback and scores) then you should skip step 6.
I have been teaching French and Spanish for 13 years. I qualified and started teaching in the UK, and I currently work at Shanghai Community International School, China. I have experience teaching GCSEs and IB DP and MYP. Find out more about me within these blog pages or below at Linked In.