Blog 23: Using ICT to show progression within a lesson

How do you know your pupils have made progress within one lesson? As a teacher you know, but it is not always possible to prove or evidence it (for APP etc.), however there are one or two things you can try that will help. Below is one way I use ICT, namely Google forms, to evidence progression.

What is Google Forms?
To quote Google themselves, 'Google Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way.'

Essentially, you can create a survey, questionnaire or quiz, which users then complete.
Responses are then automatically collated into a spreadsheet, allowing you to see all at a glance.

You can also view numerical responses in graphs and charts.

How have I used it in English?

I set up a form titled 'Similes and Metaphors- BEFORE'.  As the pupils entered the room they were asked to complete the form. Responses on the spreadsheet automatically showed me who required work on this and who didn't, allowing more effective differentiation.  (Pink column above)

At the end of the lesson/ day I asked the pupils to complete the same form (this time titled 'Similes and Metaphors- AFTER').  I was then able to glance over the spreadsheet to identify who has achieved the objective or not (green column above).  Obviously it will need further assessment in writing contexts, but as far as the lesson was concerned I had immediate and accurate feedback information and evidence of progress.

Other ideas for use in English are:

  • Multiple choice spelling and grammar quizzes
  • Comprehension answer forms
  • Word type quizzes
  • Up levelling games (suggest a word that would improve this sentence)
How have I used them in Maths?

In Maths I have used them regularly to enable me to intervene more appropriately when needed.
Here's one example.  We were doing problem solving, so each ability group had a form consisting of 2 boxes per problem. These were 'calculation' and 'answer' boxes.  Pupils had a 'working out' sheet for their working, entering the function and answer for each problem on their device.  On my iPad I had the response spreadsheet open, and as it was updated in real time I was able to see who was getting it and who wasn't, therefore I could support those finding it difficult and push those who needed more challenging. 
For those who got answers wrong, I was able to see how they got them by looking at their working out sheets.

Other ideas for use in Maths are:

  • Calcualtion answers
  • Mental maths testing
  • Shape identification
  • Vocabulary definition
  • Success criteria construction

There are 100s of uses and applications for Google forms other than as an assessment tool, and it works on pretty much any device.

When sharing this with a colleague a response I got was 'Yeah but it takes ages to set this up.'  Not at all!

Creating a form is a 5 minute job. Creating a shortcut to the form or emailing to pupils is a 30 second job.  Done. The automated 'at a glance' response spreadsheets drastically cut down the marking process and make assessment more efficient. When you compare the set up time to the length of time it takes to thoroughly scrutinise each pupil's book, the difference is big.

Another response was 'How do you feedback to the child?' Verbally or a quick note in their target books. The difference being that I am able to make that comment more immediately in that lesson, making feedback more relevant.

Have you used Google Forms? How?

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