Student Self Assessment with Google Forms

Google DocsSelf assessment and critique are great ways for students to reflect on their own work, comment on the creative process, or contribute to class discussion. Traditionally, I have had my students write a self assessment with various prompts on a separate piece of paper. I recently discovered the power of Google Forms for electronic collection of student responses.

Advantages of Google Forms vs. traditional pencil-paper responses:

  • You’re going “green” by eliminating paper use (impress your administrator/principal)
  • Integrates technology and builds 21st century skills (your students think you’re cool)
  • Collects all data with student names and responses in one place (easy for you)
Example of teacher data collection (click for larger view)

Example of teacher data collection (click for larger view)

Here are the basic steps to create a self assessment or critique:

  1. Create a Google account if you don’t have one already.
  2. Go to Google Documents and click New, Form.
  3. Choose your theme and title.
  4. First question should ask for student name (assuming you want to know who responds).
  5. Continue with questions as you might in a traditional format.
  6. Click Done and Save.
  7. Email link to yourself and use link for student access. Or, if you use a website, you can get the embed link.

Watch video below for a quick tutorial.
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The reality is that your students may not always have access to a computer in your classroom. In this situation you might consider using Google Forms following a computer graphics experience during access to the Internet or provide students link to access from home. Even if you try Google Forms only once in a school year, it helps manage some paperwork and collects valuable data about your students that you can use year after year.

Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!


  • May 23, 2009


    Oh, interesting! I may have to try that.

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  • March 24, 2011


    This is fabulous! I am leaving elementary school to teach middle school next year and am excited about this for older students. Many thanks!

  • July 7, 2011

    Andy Schwen

    I’ve posted a template that works within Google Forms that helps teachers not familiar with spreadsheet formula creation to have some powerful data analysis tools. The template is free for any that want to use it and posted on my blog along with videos and instructions:

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