When you think of innovative, edgy, compelling uses of technology, Google Forms isn’t exactly the first thing that leaps to mind.
While you’d probably prefer a piece of hardware that’s affordable, easy to use, and mobile that allows students to direct their own mastery of content in peer-to-peer and school-to-school learning environments, for now you just might have to settle for a spreadsheet.
No, wait. Come back. Hear me out.
Spreadsheets are simply a kind of framework, yes? A digital grid to separate–but yet group–students, standards, assessment items, and other moving parts of the industrialized model of learning?
And they have built-in formulas to perform calculations, visualize data, and communicate information in ways we–and students–are not used to seeing, right?
So maybe a self-grading assessment? The results of a survey?
Questionnaires? Reading inventories? Interest inventories? A mastery-by-standard database?
See, I told you it’s not so bad. For 79 other ideas, see the presentation below by Graham Attwell. Even if only 3 fit your needs, that’s 3 more tools in your tool belt.