[MUSIC PLAYING] TIM ANDERSON: Welcome back to "EDU in 90." We're coming to you from Sydney, Australia, for a few special edition episodes. FIONA COLES: That's right. I'm Fiona, and I help schools across Australia and New Zealand connect with Google's education tools. On this episode, we'll focus on Google Forms and innovative ideas from Australian educators for leveraging this flexible tool. Let's get to it.
TIM ANDERSON: Let's start with an idea for formative assessments from Chris Hart in Melbourne. He uses Google Forms for quizzes as well as for formative assessment. He'll often include questions around the confidence level of students in a given skill or concept. And from there, he'll add conditional formatting into the responses sheet, which allows him to immediately identify misunderstandings, group together learners who need extra support, and set up opportunities for peer coaching among students. FIONA COLES: A Google Certified Innovator recommended leveraging Google Forms to help streamline the class registration process. Students are able to rank elective courses, like art, foreign language, and a single form serves as the hub for these choices. In each section of the form, a short video explains the options within the department.
This enables students to make informed selections for their coursework while allowing counselors to save time and focus on more important priorities. TIM ANDERSON: We also heard from several Australian schools that use Forms to help streamline the student council election process. Instead of paper ballots and tedious physical counting of votes, they leverage a form with multiple choice questions for each position and restrict responses to one per student. This provides instant results and increased efficiency. FIONA COLES: Lastly, Dana Schuber in Queensland uses a fresh take on Mad Libs to help her students develop their sentence construction skills. She guides them to develop a story in Docs with missing words while also creating a form with different parts of speech to complete the story. This helps them to consider the range of words which could work, pushes their creativity, and also checks their understanding of parts of speech.
TIM ANDERSON: Well, that's all the time that we have for this episode. But if you're looking for more Google Forms resources, check out the links in the description below. And we'll be back again next week with some fresh, new ideas. FIONA COLES: Don't forget to subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel. And we'll see you next time. SPEAKER: G Suite, Google Earth, online safety, and more.
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