Workflow, when I asked Google, is defined as, “the sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.” For the purposes of this and other future posts, workflow is the process by which assignments are disseminated to students and turned back in to teachers. We all know what the traditional paper-based workflow looks like, but what about digital workflow? With more students bringing devices to school Google Apps accounts playing a larger role in the teaching and learning process, how do teachers provide students with access to their assignment and how can students then turn them in?
Just to clarify, Google Drive is not the only way students can access assignments and turn them in. Edmodo is another application that can be used to accomplish digital workflow, but for the purpose of this post we’re going to focus on ONE relatively simple way of managing the digital workflow process. When I attended the Google Apps for Education Southern Summit, I heard about using Google Forms to collect student work. For teachers who might not be ready to attempt to use a script like Doctopus, submitting work via a form sounded like a wonderful solution. So, I was delighted to find this Smore (digital flyer/newsletter) by Jennifer Judkins (@jennjudkins on Twitter). If you prefer video tutorials, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the Smore for a link to her video tutorial.
Need help getting started with Google Forms? Check out this blog post on Google Forms in Education: Creating and Using