Monday, April 10, 2017

Open Responses in Google Forms

"Done is better than perfect..." - Eric Curts

Keeping up with educational technology is not easy. To be honest, I can't say that I'm even remotely successful in the task. I know teachers certainly feel this way as this frustration is expressed every time I run a workshop or do a presentation. It is my full-time job to seek out digital tools and train teachers to use them; I certainly feel the pressure. My teachers take comfort in knowing that it is okay to feel behind.

I was listening to a podcast this morning on my way to school (time efficient professional development) that featured Eric Curts. The hosts (Brian Briggs and Ryan O'Donnell) asked the question of how Eric keeps up with all of the trends and changes that occur in the realm of educational technology. Eric proceeded to mention his method and that many others have different positions on the topic. "Done is better than perfect." was the conclusion to that segment of the podcast. 

Never would I suggest that my materials are perfect (I can hear you laughing). Much like my teachers take comfort in my pursuit of educational technology, it was a relief to hear those words from Eric. It is okay to make mistakes. It is okay to not have everything just right. Don't let your imperfections stop you from sharing. 

My mistake

I recently had a principal ask me about Google Forms Quizzes. Had I provided training on it? Had I created resources on it? "Yes, of course, I have." was my response. So when he showed m that a teacher was not sure how to deal with an open-ended response in a Google Forms Quiz, I started to doubt myself. I checked my archives and sure enough, I had not included information on how to grade open responses. 

Google Forms is fantastic for creating quizzes and it will automatically grade a multiple choice quiz with ease. If your students need to respond with text, you will need to go through their responses and grade them individually. If a student misses and item, you can even provide text feedback and additional resources via a link directly to the question. The following video demonstrates how students can respond and you can grade the quiz within Google Forms.