How School Leaders Leverage
the Power of Google Forms
Explore and apply a variety of digital
learning tools to enhance your
professional learning and
digital leadership skills!
1 Cor 4:1
“Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ
and stewards of God’s mysteries.”
To learn how google forms can be created to enhance leadership practices for collaboration, information gathering, assessment of learning needs, and community engagement
Introducing the challenge
In the previous challenge, we learned that virtual or online spaces allow you to collaborate on many different levels – with colleagues, students and parents in your school community and other educators across the globe. By now you have had an opportunity to explore the collaborative possibilities of an online space like Google Drive and some of the apps that are part of Google’s GSuite.
In this challenge, we focus on a specific app called Google Forms. Whether you are new or familiar with this digital tool, we invite you to create a form and/or to share how you are using this app in your current practice as an educational leader. Take a look at some of the articles in “Beyond the Challenge” to learn how school leaders leverage the power of Google Forms to support teaching and learning in their school communities.
A new version of Google Forms was introduced in 2016. As a versatile tool, it can be used for a variety of purposes such as creating surveys, conducting informal or formal assessments, sharing resources and successful practices for teaching and learning. Because it is a web based tool, you can use Google Forms to collaboratively co-design and share forms with others. It also includes different analytical tools to summarize and present responses on a spreadsheet.
PQP Curriculum Connections
● Developing processes to promote collaboration
● Using straegies for effective decision making
The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework
● Building Relationships & Developing People
● Securing Accountability & Transparency
ISTE Standards for Administrators
● Visionary Leadership
● Excellence in Professional Practice
Doing the challenge
“It’s an unfortunate truth about education that we’re so often bogged down and overwhelmed by red tape and paperwork, making it hard to manage our time. So when technology can help us manage time more effectively, make our work easier and more efficient, and clean up some of that literal or metaphorical red tape, we need to let it and celebrate it.” – Adam Shoenbart
If you are new to Google Forms, view the suggested video and guide below to help you walk through the basic steps and features for creating a form:
- This video from the Teach Tech series provides a good introduction to the new version of Google Forms.
- Refer to this guide for step by step instructions on using the most recent version of Google Forms (2016).
Create and share a google form to use in your current practice as an educator. Consider how you might use Google Forms in your current practice or for working on a collaborative task with colleagues in your PQP program?
If you are familiar with Google Forms, extend your learning with some of the suggested links listed below in “Beyond the Challenge.” Tweet out some examples or links that you have found valuable using the hashtag #PQP10.
Reflect on your learning and own experiences with google forms. From the lens of a school leader, how might a web based tool like Google Forms enhance your leadership capacity to communicate effectively and gather information to assess and support the diverse needs of a classroom or school community? How do tools like Google Forms support the leadership actions connected to the Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework or ISTE Standards?
Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates
“I have created several Forms which I have then shared with my class to fill out. These have included Mid-Term Self Assessments in terms of the learning skills which I have then used to help inform my assignment of levels for the Learning Skills on the their report cards. I have also had them fill in forms to gain their feedback on the course and to elicit advice that they would give to students entering that course. For example, last semester I had students give advice that they wish they had known before starting Grade 11 University math. This semester, I shared that advice (without sharing names of specific students) with my new students so that they could gain a valuable perspective from their peers. As a principal, I would use this to gain information about the staff’s professional learning interests. It would also be useful for gaining feedback from PD I have run and determining next steps in terms of SLIP goals and other school initiatives. It could also be used to get feedback and ideas from parents about school initiatives and events.” – A. Marchetti, 2017
Beyond the challenge…
- An Administrator’s Guide to Google Forms – Jennifer Carey
- Google Forms, Easy as 1,2, 3 – Cathy Mahers
- Advanced Features for the 2016 Google Forms
- Tons of Google Forms for Teachers, Administrators and Students
- Google Docs Help Centre