Sunday, October 16, 2016

Forms + HyperDocs! Putting the FORM in Formative Assessment

A few weeks ago my colleague, Ashley Richardson an amazing and innovative teacher, asked me to come into her class to brainstorm ways to work digital math lessons into her combo class. She wanted one grade level to be doing something productive and meaningful on their chromebooks while the other grade level was working with her. We even brought in our director of innovation and technology, Adam Welcome, one day to help us brainstorm. As we discussed ideas we immediately thought of HyperDocs and as we worked through the effectiveness of simple, short, daily lessons that are easy to implement, recreate and share with colleagues we finally decided on HyperForms*! (Shoutout to Claire Simon for bringing this idea up in one of our EdCamps and planting the seed for how powerful forms are for HyperDocs!)
*The HyperDoc girls have always been very clear that HyperDocs are not just docs and can be in the form of slides, forms, sheets or even drawings (that's a future blog post for sure!) So this is not a new idea, just a spin on how to use it. Credit for the "Hyper" always goes to Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis =) 

HyperForms allow us to integrate the powerful lesson design of HyperDocs into one manageable place to view results and provide feedback. The value of using a HyperForm for these short one-day lessons is that it allows the teacher to see all of the work in one place (on a spreadsheet). With the ease of the integrated self-grading quiz feature students were provided instant feedback on the questions and can then go back to review, reflect and then retake the quiz! These lessons assume that the content has been taught in class and this is an extension on the lesson. This lesson could easily be used to flip your class and provide you with a preview of what your class already knows coming into the lesson. This is an example HyperForm Ashley and I used with the third graders.

We wanted to incorporate the lesson design that make HyperDocs so effective in our form so we included sections that we hope do that. Here is how we designed our HyperForm and have included a template for you to copy and use to get started. Of course, as with any template, use what you want and change it to make it your own!


After the Name short answer question (which we highly recommend making required) we embedded videos that reteach and/or reinforce the lesson. Check out 30 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers for inspiration or record and upload your own!

Adding a YouTube video to forms is easy peasy!

Show What You Know!

This section offers students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a standardized test format. You can create multiple choice, checkboxes and multiple answer questions with the embedded quiz feature that will automatically give students a grade after they submit. They can view their score then review, reflect and retake their quiz. A few tips Ashely and I learned along the way are below =)

*Make these questions required and the others (except name) not required so that students can go back and easily retake this section of the assessment without needing to retype in their longer answers or resubmit links to activities. 

*Be sure the box for "Limit to 1 response" is unchecked so that they can take their quiz multiple times. You can also collect email addresses (just incase someone decides to put a funny name instead of their real one ;) and restrict responses to your GAFE domain users.

*Finally, uncheck the box that allows respondents to see "correct answers" under quiz settings so that students don't get the answer key when viewing their score!

Share Your Thinking

This one question section asks students to explain how they arrived at their answer. In math this could be describing what method they used to solve the problem. In reading it could be justifying their answer with text evidence. One question that really goes deep and gives them the experience of explaining their thinking through typing on the computer. 

Apply Your Skills

Here you can add some sort of activity where the students are creating or manipulating something in order to show what they know. It could be an activity like a in a Google Drawing or a quick creation of a Google slide that utilizes images to capture their thinking. Once finished students will click the share button then "get shareable link" to copy the url to their creation.  They will paste the link into the form and once submitted the teacher will have all of the links to the students' work on the spreadsheet in one place.

Connect and Extend

Although not a part of the actual form, we include a link to a game or activity that reinforces the skill in a fun way under the form in Google classroom. ABCya! has some great ones to check out.

Information for the teacher. What do you see?

Whole Class Summary:
When you click on responses in edit mode of your form you will see a summary of your whole class (or at least of those who submitted the form). If students took the quiz more than once you will see all of their results in this summary so take that into consideration when viewing the data. The information you get from the summary can give you valuable insight into what holes you may have as class and inform your whole group instruction.

Individual Data:
You can view your student's' individual results either by clicking on "Individual" in the responses summary or you can create a spreadsheet. On a spreadsheet you can view their "quiz" section answers and by sorting by name you can see how many times the took the quiz to get their desired score. All of their long answer questions are in one column and the links to their drawings are in another. You can give students feedback on their work through private comments in Google Classroom or on their "Apply" activity such as a Google Drawing. Verbal, face to face, feedback works too!

Ready to Get Started?

Ready to create your own HyperForm? Make a copy of this template or go to and select "Blank Quiz" to get started! Once you are finished you can share your form by creating a forced copy link so that others can use it too. 

To create a link that will make a forced copy follow the steps below: (thanks Sean Fahey for showing me how to do this!
  • Click on the three dots in the upper right hand corner and go to "add collaborators" 
  • Then change the sharing settings to "Anyone with link can edit"

  • Finally change the end of the URL from "edit" to "copy"

Have you tried HyperForms? Do you have suggestions for how to make them work for your students? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

HyperDocs were created by Lisa HighfillKelly Hilton and Sarah Landis and they are such a game changer! Check out my previous post HyperDocs! Need I Say More???, their incredible website and definitely get your hands on a copy of their book The HyperDoc Handbook today!