Below is the video he shows of everything you can do with the Google Form he set up...prepare yourself, it is crazy!
I didn't want to blog about something I hadn't tried, so I decided to follow his step by step instructions. I did everything he listed, but my class list was not showing up on my "assessment form"...frustration ensued, but I read further & he recommended checking out Audrey McLaren's set of directions, she had a more narrative form, so I trudged on & visited her site to try again.
I deleted everything I had done so far, and started from scratch, and yet again my class list did not show up on my assessment form. Thank the lord for twitter & awesome people on twitter because I messaged Andy Schwen directly & he replied within 5 minutes. I am constantly amazed at what an amazing tool twitter is, & it frustrates me more & more that teachers aren't utilizing it! However, I've veered off topic...as it turns out I was following both sets of directions correctly, but I was inputting one small thing wrong. This will make no sense to any of you at all (unless you've had the same problem as me), but my issue arose when I cut & pasted my class list url & put it into my assessment form. The original directions said to cut everything in the url from after the work "key="...however I had to copy everything between the "key=" and the "#" at the end of the url...How in the world Andy knew this I have no idea, but he did & I am grateful because now I have a super sweet assessment tool.
The tutorial on how to create the Google forms he uses are on his website: mrschwen.blogspot.com.
So how am I going to use this? I've been thinking a lot about assessments lately, and truth be told, I don't like them much (I'm talking pencil/paper assessments - not authentic assessments). I think they have their place, but I would much rather know that students can apply what they've learned. I would love to go to more to project based learning (including assessments). As I said, I think assessments have their place, but I think they need to be used the right way (in case you're not sure the right way - they're supposed to be used to GUIDE instruction). So here is my thought:
I've been toying with the idea of mastery teaching for the past several months, and I know it's something I want to do, but I haven't figured out how to organize it all. One thought I've been considering is coming up with some quick quizzes for my students to take after they think they have mastered a content expectation, in order for them to move on. The thought of creating, then grading, then analyzing all that data is a touch overwhelming. This is where these google forms come into play. If I can get the quizzes created, then all my students have to do is take them, then google analyzes everything for me...yippi! Creating all those quizzes sounds like a very daunting task, especially since I want to have more than one for each standard. But like everything else I've been doing in the flipped class, it's going to be a lot of work at first...but the payoff in the end will be awesome!