Most people see a Google Form as a quiz or survey tool. However, a Form can easily be shaped into literacy stations, learning stations, or learning centers.
Google-Form sections, question fields, and text boxes hold hyperlinks to outside sources. In addition, it’s no effort to drop in images (including gifs – or animated pictures), as well as videos.
The result: A Google Form is essentially an online briefcase ready to hold and display lesson materials, learning activities, directions, and even assignment submissions (thanks to the Upload-file question type).
Moreover, nifty little tools such as response validation and section-based responses are not to be overlooked. Response validation allows a Form creator to set rules for what data a question will accept. Translation: You can easily build a password-protected Google Form; just create a question that will accept only a certain string of characters (like a word or set of numbers) and make it a required question.
Section-based responses direct respondents to different sections within the Google Form based on answers given in previous inquiries. Translation: You can present Form respondents choices (such as differentiated lesson activities). Once the respondent chooses an option from the list of choices in one section, an SBR directs the respondent to the section containing the desired lesson activity.
Here’s a look at a basic Google Forms learning station.
ProTip: Creating your learning station is a breeze. Use note cards to represent Form sections. Write notes, questions, and activity ideas on the cards, and arrange them in any order you choose. Once you get your cards sorted, have them next to you as you create the Form on your device. Start with the first section (the card on top), and work your way down through the pile. A new card means a new Form section – with a new set of directions, activities, lesson materials, and questions.