If you are anything like me, when you first started with Google Apps for Education, your "Shared With Me" folder quickly exploded with students submissions. You had a powerful new tool, and you were excited to use it! However, the organization quickly becomes a nightmare.
There are many different ways to organize your assignments from your students. You can have students share a folder with you, but then you have to go through each folder individually to search for assignments. I just started using gClassFolders, which creates a specific Assignments folder, but you will have to look for different Assignments folders for each class or subgroup.
Or, you can use a Form! This is another form from the Template Gallery, and it was created by Todd Roth. Think of it as the application Drop Box- because that's what it is! Students fill out basic information such as their names and class period, along with the Title of the assignment. (As a side note, creating a specific naming convention for all assignments such as LAST, FIRST PERIOD # DATE can make your life a lot simpler, and then you won't have students asking every time).Then, students simply copy and paste the URL of their assignment. Students needs to make sure that under Sharing, they select you specifically, or Anyone with the Link so you can view the assignment.
Once all students have submitted the Form, all of their assignments will be in one Sheet, and it will be quite easy to access. Here is the link to the Form from the Template Gallery.
Thanks to all of you who have checked back each day to see my Favorite Forms. It has been a challenge to blog every day, but I have reached so many new people in doing so! In the coming weeks, I hope to dive in a little deeper into Forms and other Apps.
Is there something else YOU want to know about Forms? Any other topics you'd like to see me cover? Let me know! Until next time...