This was the second time I have ever created a Google Forms document. Since I teach lower primary grades (second grade), certain technological tools, such as Google Forms, are hard to incorporate into teaching. For example, at my school, k-6, starting next year every 4th, 5th, and 6th grader will have a one to one ratio of students to computer devices. However, in my second grade classroom, next year I MAY receive 3 Chromebooks to be used among 25 students. At least two months of the year, any computer devices in my classroom are yanked away and given to upper grade levels for Statewide testing. Also, during testing, all teachers are told to turn off their cell phones and any Internet housing devices.
In an era of education trying to transcend literacy via technology, it seems counterintuitive to provide very little technology for lower primary grade levels, yank it away from them when there are upper grade level testing, and tell the teachers to not use an Internet device for periods of 2-3 hours during testing, which could last up to months.
When technology catches up with lower grade classes, I think tools such as Google Forms and their Add Ons will become more relevant.
I enjoy creating tests with Google Forms, however, my experience with Add Ons is very frustrating. I feel that middle school and high school teachers of this cohort, and tech savvy cohort members have had much more experience with Google Forms and Add Ons.
I feel that this master's program has to do a better job at teaching Google Forms and the Add Ons. I used three Add Ons: Form Notifications, Survey Monkey, and Ultradox Trigger. Yet, I have know idea what an Add On is, how it is helpful, and if I actually used the three Ad Ons correctly.
For future cohorts, I strongly recommend that there is a tutorial session for those that have had no experience with Google Add Ons and other Google Features that will enhance our Capstone and enhance our teaching.