Sunday, March 19, 2017

Slice 19 of 31-#sol17: Using Google Forms for Conferring

This is the 10th year that Two Writing Teachers has hosted the Slice of Life Challenge. Thirty-one days of writing during the month of March, here we go!

 

On Sundays, Margaret Simon invites bloggers to share ideas that somehow relate to the world of digital learning on her blog, Reflections on the Teche. I have been meaning to link up for weeks, and today, during the March Slicing Challenge, it seems a perfect time to do it. (The only catch is that today is one of my daughter's birthdays. Tomorrow, I will wish her a happy birthday.)

Last Friday, I presented to a group of teachers about workshop efficiencies and conferring. One of the practices I shared involved using Google Forms. During the last two weeks, I've been forced to use Google Forms twice, once to collect responses from teachers about choice workshops and once for the slicing world--many of you may be about to fill out the Participant Form for the Weekend Slicing Challenge. When you do that, think of me--it was my second ever Google Form! If you use Google Drive, and you've made a document, folder, or slide presentation, just go a little further in the drop box, and make a Google Form.



I've since made a few more, and I have to say that this tool is a conferring game changer. Check out what you can do:

Create a form. In my case, I made a sample one for a second grade opinion writing unit. For the first question, I entered names. Mine are hypothetical, but I plan on making one that includes all of the students I am targeting in my coaching work. A teacher could enter the students in a classroom. I made this list a checklist form so that if I were doing a partner conference or a small group, I could enter the information all at once. 
At the top, you can see the questions and responses




On the right, there's a + button to add another question, and I made that one be a compliment. Because I want to make sure that students hear the language of the standards whenever they can, I entered learning targets from the second grade opinion writing standards. I made these also a checklist because sometimes I may give more than one compliment, although not often! I entered the same terms in another question that is the teaching point. For this, I used the drop down option to remind me to ONLY TEACH ONE THING in a conference. (I still need to yell that at myself!)

This form is shrunk down so you can see more of it.

It's so easy to get results and create a record in various forms of my conferring! You can click on responses, which is at the top right of the form, and you can also make a spreadsheet. It's automatically date-stamped, and it can be sorted and manipulated however you'd like!


What an amazing way to keep instruction focused, track teaching, and maintain records. Love this!

Thank you for hosting this community, Margaret. 

Happy slicing everyone,




11 comments:

  1. Melanie, Putting the names as a checklist is a good innovation instead of typing them in or only being able to select one. I think this may be a good scaffold for teachers too, because how handy would it be to have a menu of likely foci for compliments and even next steps. Have you found it easy to navigate as you're sitting alongside readers and writers?

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  2. Melanie, Putting the names as a checklist is a good innovation instead of typing them in or only being able to select one. I think this may be a good scaffold for teachers too, because how handy would it be to have a menu of likely foci for compliments and even next steps. Have you found it easy to navigate as you're sitting alongside readers and writers?

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  3. OMG....You are on to something!! Thanks for sharing. I've used a few forms but I definitely need to start using it when conferring. I am such a bad note-taker but his might work for me. I'll keep oyu posted!

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  4. Thanks for this timely tip. I don't create google docs enough, so this was helpful.

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  5. Have you seen docAppender? Some of the teachers I work with use it to help organize when they conference with kids.

    It is kinda hard to explain but check out this post - https://lindberghlinc.blogspot.com/2016/10/when-doc-is-better-than-sheet.html

    Basically it takes the data on the Google Sheets and makes it easier to read.

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  6. Great way to use Google Forms, Melanie! So many teachers rely on their memory but then when pressed to form groups for specific study don't have any data or notes to reference. this would be helpful.

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  7. Thank you for this post. I have seen many people post directions on the TCRWP facebook page and want to try them but haven't as of yet. Your slice is encouraging me to try. I love the compliment in standard form. Thank you again!!

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  8. I have never used Google forms. Thanks for this informative post. I know who to call if I ever want to make a form. Thanks for joining in DigiLit Sunday!

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  9. It is amazing what one can do for technology. This post is so helpful because you explain both the technology and literacy aspects. Often you get one or the other. We will certainly share this with teachers - great way to organize, display and use assessment. Thank you.
    Clare

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