Here is a fast, simple way to make digital lessons with Google Forms! Google Forms provides an easy, organized way to present information and guide students through a lesson. Forms are also perfect for differentiation, meeting the learning needs of individual students.
BONUS: Find a free Google Forms digital lesson template at the bottom of the post! Fully editable for use in your own classroom!
It is Easy to Make Digital Lessons with Google Forms
Start with your title of the lesson or assignment. Add a ‘question’ by clicking the circled plus button on the right. One question for students to enter their first name, and then another question to enter last names. When grading, this will allow you to sort student responses by last name – which will make loading grades into the grade book faster!
For each step of the lesson, make a separate section by clicking on the symbol that looks like two parallel lines. This helps students focus on each part of the lesson, students will only see one section at a time.
In this new section, type out all the information or instructions and questions for the first step, or part of the lesson. Then click the double bar symbol again to make another section for the second part! Easy!
Ideas for your Digital Lesson
What can you add when you make digital lessons with google forms? Just about anything!
- Provide images to learn from. Add images by clicking the “image” icon to the right (looks like a mountain).
- Embed videos with the icon that looks like a square with a triangle in it. These videos could be from YouTube and contain content – or they can be video clips of you teaching or giving instructions.
- Give links to visit other websites for further learning
- Ask questions inside the Google Form about the information students are learning as they go.
- Include instructions to complete at their desk: gather particular materials, get out a sheet of notes, cut out the circle and paste it to the square, color the DNA strand blue!
- Differentiate for groups or individuals! Make several forms with tweaked instructions or assignments that are specific for student’s needs.
Sharing the Google Form with your Students
Once the Form is complete, it is time to share with your students! Add it to your Google Classroom if you have one. But if you do not, there are many other ways to share!
Click the ‘Send’ button at the top.
- Email the Form directly to your students
- Copy the link and add it to your classroom website
- Send a Remind101 with the link included
- Copy the link address, go to tinyurl.com, make a tiny url and put up in the front of the classroom for students to see
Getting Students’ Results
I love to make digital lessons with Google Forms because even grading is easier! Once students submit their Google Form, you can see their work by clicking the ‘Responses’ tab at the top.
After the work is graded, click the green square near the top of the Responses page. This will open a Google Sheets with all of your student’s work and scores in one place!
Inside the spreadsheet, you can organize your students alphabetically by first or last name. Click on the column, then choose “sort A–>Z”. My grade book is in alphabetical order by last name – so I order my students this way and can put their grades in quickly!
Get the Free Template!
Click below for a quick FREE template to get started using Google Forms for your lessons!
Looking for more ways to make your lessons digital? Check out this post on our sister site! Make Any Website into an Interactive Digital Lesson!