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Gathering Reflection, Feedback, and Student Work with Google Forms

We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.
― John Dewey

Google Forms is a workhorse in the classroom.  It can be an information gatherer, a quiz, an assignment collector, feedback gatherer, and a place for students to reflect on their learning.

The Rivers & Revolution program relies heavily on Google Forms to support their learning process.

Supporting the Learning Cycle:

Rivers has four major units of study.  At the culmination of each unit, students create a major artifact to reflect their learning.  This artifact is either an extension activity of the unit's work or a related area of interest chosen by the student.  While the student may choose from a wide range of artifacts, they will eventually represent their artifact digitally - either in an image, video, or another digital format.


Students are provided a comprehensive artifact overview including expectations and possible artifacts to choose from.   

Students work through the Artifact Graphic Organizer, a scaffolding document which helps the student hone in on what they want to create.  

Artifact Work:

Then, students work to create their artifact.  When ready to turn in, students complete this comprehensive survey, both 'turning in' their work and providing details about the work:

This Form goes on to ask more in-depth questions about their artifact, asking them to reflect on the learning experience and how they might improve the item.  

Using a Google Forms add-on called Form Publisher, the Forms answers are automatically placed in a Google Doc.  This format makes it easy for teachers (and other humans) to absorb the information provided. 

Sample Created Document


After the digital artifact is 'turned in', students are asked to complete a different form using linear (or Likert scale) questions rating their experience and reactions while creating the artifact.  This reflection gives the individual student a great picture of their strengths, weaknesses, and learning.   Teachers understand where students struggled or where they were strong, making learning more visible!  


Could your classroom use more student reflection, feedback, or student self-assessment?  Google Forms can provide that for you!  Teachers who have returned to the traditional classroom from the Rivers program continue to use Google Forms because they find them valuable in their professional practice. 

Learn more about Google Forms - consider taking a Google Forms course!  They are available either face to face or online.   Click here to register.


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