Today is Day Three of my Google in the Classroom Series
I used Google Forms for my Spring Conference Requests this year. I will admit, all of my parents sent paper requests, but I wanted the electronic requests to be an option. I also posted the link to the electronic request on my website.
To create a Google Form, you will need to sign into your google account, and go to your documents. Click "Create" then "Form"
You will see something that looks like this:
Where it says "Untitled Form," give your form a title. For instance, "Spring Parent Teacher Conferences" In the box below that, you will want to type any pertinent information your parents need to know. For instance, how long conferences should last and any additional conference times you are offering.
Next, you will add a text box for Student Name. Make this a required question.
To add new boxes, you click "Add Item" at the top left corner. Next, add a text box for the parent name or person attending the conference. You will probably want to make this a required question as well. The next item that I added was "Choose from List." Parents can decide which conference date is their preferred date. Then I added a "Checkbox" item and gave three possible times parents could choose from. They were able to select as many as they wanted. Finally, I added a box for parents to offer additional notes. You can see my form below.
As with all Google Forms, your responses will be recorded in a spreadsheet located in your Google Documents. It is timestamped, so you are able to schedule your conferences first-come, first-served.
Another tip: when you are given the link to your form, visit bit.ly or tinyurl.com to shorten and customize the link to something your parents will remember and access easily.
Tomorrow I attend the Ohio Goes Google Conference! I am so excited to share everything I learn! I hope that you are finding this series valuable. As I shared on day one, you do not need a lot of technology to be able to utilize Google in the classroom. You do not even need a Google account through your school. Sign up for g-mail and you are afforded all of the benefits of Google Apps!