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Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 21 – Introduction to Google Forms

By now  you have created your own Google Drive, and you have learned to create and share files of different kinds (documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides).  Google Drive allows you to collaborate on so many levels – with colleagues, students, parents and complete strangers.

Google Forms allows you to quickly gather data and store it neatly in a spreadsheet where you can organize it and sort it according to your needs.

There are two parts to this post.

First, we want to share with you the best resources we can find on how to use Google Forms (instructions).

Then, we will take you to some resources that help you think about how you might utilize Google Forms in your practice.

To begin with, go to your Google Drive.  Because Google frequently updates its interface, it is sometimes challenging to find instructional material that matches the current interface you are working on.

First, let’s look at how to switch between two styles of Google Drive.  If you click on the Create button, and it looks like this, you are in the traditional, older format of Google Drive, with Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations.

 

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You can switch between this and the new format here.

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The “new Drive” uses “Docs, Sheets and Slides” , and Forms are accessed in a slightly different way.

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You can return to the traditional interface here.

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As you use the supports available online, you may need to switch between formats to follow the instructions, depending on which format the instructions were created in.

Here are some resources to help you get started with Google Forms.

Google Doc Editor Help Centre

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Choose Forms.

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Choose Create, Edit, Format.

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Then Create a Survey Using Google Forms.

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This series of links will walk you through the very simple and intuitive process of creating a Google Form.  If you have any difficulty, please ask for help in the comments to this post.

Why would you use Google Forms in your practice?

This example of how Google Forms can be used to enhance the teacher-student relationship was shared by George Couros.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has featured a comprehensive guide to using Google Forms in education.

 

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This site contains a number of different ways to use Google Forms in education settings.  Some are clearly geared to the American system, but they will spark some ideas for integrating Google Forms into your personal professional practice.

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Please be sure to share back with us (in the comments) how you are using Google Forms!

Resources:

Ten Ways I Use Google Forms in my Tablet Classroom

Collecting Data Using Google Forms – this resource uses an older Google Forms interface, but it is included here for the use of the tool (not the instructional piece).

OSSEMOOC Google Forms Session Resources

OSSEMOOC Google Forms Tuesday Night Session

 

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 20 – How Leaders Use Google Drive for Collaboration

Today we are building on some of the learning you have been doing in this series.  We have focused on a number of tools to help you connect.  We hope that you are continuing to set aside 10 minutes each day to connect through one of those tools, or to learn something new with us.

This series will continue to exist on our website even after November 30.  You can work through it at a pace that suits you.  If you find it helpful, please spread it to your colleagues.  Use the link at the top of this page to suggest other topics you need to learn about, or simply post a comment on the blog asking for help.  The whole purpose of OSSEMOOC is to support education leaders (formal and informal) in getting connected and modelling the learning we want to see in our “classrooms”.

Connecting drives innovative thinking!

Yesterday we looked at how to access and build your Google Drive so that you can share your documents, images, spreadsheets, presentations and resources with others.  Google Drive allows you to easily collaborate on any topic with those on your team.

How are school and system leaders around the world leveraging this method of collaboration?

Photo shared by in_case under a Creative Commons attribution license.
Photo shared by in_case under a Creative Commons attribution license.

Take ten minutes today to explore some of the possibilities that will help you to transform the way you do your work and model the learning for those in your sphere of influence.

If you are already using Google Drive in your practice, please share how by posting this on your blog and sharing the link on Twitter under the #ossemooc hashtag.  Or, please share how you use Google Drive in the comments for this post.

Let other leaders see the power of collaborating online!

Resources:

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Google Docs for Administrators: 5 Ideas to Get Started – by Kyle Pace.  How can we streamline administrative tasks with Google Docs? “Administrators modelling for teachers, which will hopefully lead to teachers modelling for students.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 10.30.02 AMGoogle Docs for Administrators: 5 More Ideas – by Kyle Pace.   More ideas for streamlining the tasks of school leaders, including event planning and teacher collaboration.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 11.06.33 AMWeb 2.0ing Your Staff Meetings – by Mark W. Carbone. Great ideas for bringing staff meetings to life and incorporating asynchronous collaboration.

 

 

 Google Apps for School Administrators – Derrick Waddell

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Shared under a Creative Commons attribution – non-commercial – no derivatives license by Don Shall

 

Further Resources:  

Google Tutorials (Richard Byrne)

 

 

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 19 – Collaborating with Google Docs

Today’s 10 minutes of connecting is a beginner’s look at collaboration with Google Docs.

There are very few places that don’t use Google Drive today to collaborate on notes, projects, presentations, thinking, etc.

Google Drive allows you to create different types of shared files, like spreadsheets and presentations. Google Docs is a starting place for getting used to using cloud storage and sharing documents with others.

We have embedded two instructional videos that begin at the very beginning – creating your own Google Drive.  It’s a bit longer than 10 minutes, but we suggest that you watch them as far as you need to, and then go to your own Google Drive and practice.

For those already using Google Drive, this would be a great time to nurture others in learning to collaborate online using this tool.

If you are a Google expert, what resources would you suggest for those just beginning to use collaborative documents?

If you need more help with Google Docs or Google Drive, please feel free to tell us in the comments, or on Twitter @OSSEMOOC

 


Resources:

Google Drive Help Centre

Collaborative Note-Taking with Google Docs by Shake Up Learning

Google Drive Resources by Shake Up Learning

Going Google with Google Drive

Sample Shared Google Docs:

Digital Storytelling Resources (Alec Couros)

Twitter Chat Times (a “Google Sheet”)

 

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 18 – Collaborating Online

Over the past few weeks, we have taken ten minutes each day to explore many tools for Collecting Information -> Connecting to Colleagues -> Curating, and now we move on to Collaborating and Co-Learning.

This evening (November 18) at 8 p.m. EST, OSSEMOOC is hosting its regular Tuesday evening live chat.  This is an opportunity to connect with your colleagues in a live conversation.  While we encourage everyone to have a voice, please do not feel that you would be pressured to speak during these live chats.  You are welcome to just come in and listen to the conversation until you fee confident enough to participate.

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 5.56.47 AMWhile there are many ways to collaborate online in real time, OSSEMOOC uses a tool called Blackboard Collaborate.  If you are new to this tool, it is helpful to come into the “room” early to ensure you have all the downloads you need to participate fully.  The room opens at 7:30 EST to begin testing and troubleshooting.

Click  [here]  to join the meeting room any time after 7:30.

OSSEMOOC holds Tuesday evening chats at this time almost every week.  Watch the blog for details, or sign up here for email updates.

Our live sessions last for one hour, but we encourage people to just pop in for 10 minutes if that is all the time they have available.  Conversations with colleagues are rich, and the synchronous nature of the experience allows for ideas to be shared quickly.

As we explore other ways to collaborate and co-learn with your colleagues online this week, you will need to have an account with Google.  If you don’t have a Google account already, please follow these instructions to create an account.

Begin by going to the Google site: https://www.google.ca/ and choosing the “sign in” button in the top right.

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If you have a gmail account you can sign it using that, or you can choose “Create an Account” at the bottom.

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Create your Google Account.

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Explore what is available through this account.  Over the next few days, we will look at the Google tools available for collaboration and co-learning.

 
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