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Google Forms Project

  1. Create your own form or open a form from a template or at least 3 of the sample forms below. Practice zooming in/out and entering data into the form. Make a shortcut (Add to Home Screen) icon to provide quick access to a form (it can be deleted when finished.)
  2. Talk with a partner about how you or your district could use Google forms and the iPad or other mobile device. What tips would you share with a colleague who want to get started with this process?

Google Forms

Google forms are a perfect way to do assessment using the iPad or other mobile device. It does require an Internet connection so this must be considered if say a principal wants to use their iPad for a classroom walk through, but in one end of the building, the wireless is spotty. One option to consider, connect using a cellular connection when needed. It is difficult to create a Google form on the iPad. Some question types are difficult to modify. Try using two fingers and this will sometimes work. It is best to create a form using a computer. Below are some links to sample forms. You can also find some great examples which can be copied and customized in the Template area of Google Drive. To access templates first open Google Forms and under the file menu, select "From Template." When a form is complete, obtain the URL for the form users will complete and 1) email the link for the form to your self or 2) use a URL shorter site such as my favorite, to create a short URL (the URL may be customized if you create an account) and then just type in the short URL into Safari.

For sites you want to quickly access, you can create a shortcut icon on the iPad (Add to Home Screen.) Google Forms on the iPad can do more than just assessment. Anytime you want a person to fill in information onto a form, you can let them borrow an iPad and have the form ready to complete. No more "not being able to read a parents' handwriting" or errors blamed on a data entry mistake as the user is entering their information themselves. Important: when creating a form, it makes for faster data entry when the form provides preset choices. For example, if a form is being used for classroom walk throughs, use a field with the teachers' names prepopulated, rather than an empty, fill in blank. A great thing about using Google forms, the data is put into an easy to utilize spreadsheet format and every entry is data and time stamped. Google has special scripts which can be used to do a variety of tasks with this data, including mail merging the data into easier to read and share Google Docs format.

Sample Google Forms (open on your iPad):

  1. (student discipline)
  2. (teacher observation)
  3. (simple student observation)
  4. (workshop evaluation)
  5. (HS student - get to know you survey)

Infuse Learning Project

  1. Go to the website: Enter the student code of: 62441 The teacher will ask some questions and display the results. The teacher may also give a quiz.
  2. Optional - with a partner or between your computer and iPad, log on so there is at least one device logged on as a teacher
    and one as a student (or one teacher and one student device.) You can also use two different browsers to accomplish similar results. Use the student code provided. Try the quick assessment mode and viewing results. Links to these two options as well as a link to create a new account can be found at the home site:
  3. Optional - shortcut icon on the iPad (Add to Home Screen) for the student or teacher site.

Infuse Learning

Infuse Learning can be thought of as a "clicker" or student response system, however, it is web based and works with any mobile device that has a web

browser. It's still rather new and sometimes will hang if too many users are on it at one time. But the price is right and when it works, it works great. It can only be used works when a teacher first longs into the room using the teacher log in. The teacher can give questions using the "Quick Assessment" mode - where no question is displayed but students are asked an oral question or a question is posted on the board or projector, and students provide their response via the website. Or a teacher can give a quiz, where students can work at their own pace to answer the questions. Some strengths of Infuse Learning over app based or commercial web based solutions...first the price. Second, it provides an easy to master interface and great reports. Infuse Learning also supports some alternative question types, not often found in student response systems including a ranking question type (sort and order) and a drawing question type. Big thanks to Andrew Steinman from the Kent ISD who introduced me to Infuse Learning.