Do you use Google Forms with your students' families? Our district is in year 3 of having Google accounts for staff and students. Our building attempts to be "paper free" as much as possible. Within our building, we use many Google features on a regular basis: e-mail, docs (drive), calendar, forms and presentation.
I decided to experiment with Google Forms this year with my students' families. Many of them are very tech savvy so I thought this would be an easy way to get their opinions. I started with a survey of their ideal dates and times for a family night. For families who didn't have e-mail, I printed the form and sent it home in their child's home communication folder for them to fill out. I got what I felt was a decent response. Because I wanted to know who was responding on that one, I made my first question, "what is your child's name?" so I had a way of knowing who responded.
I recently implemented a new behavior plan and will be presenting it to our building staff soon. I wanted parent feelings on the new behavior plan vs. the old behavior plan. I was not worried about attaching a respond to a name in this one, so it remained anonymous.
I try to use as many multiple choice questions as possible to make it quick and easy for families to respond, which I think will make it more likely for them to do! In the behavior plan survey, I did ask parents to share positives/negatives, but I did not make this a required question. I can tell that one parent was very passionate about his/her opinion because there were many comments filled in.
How have you/would you use Google Forms with your students' families?