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Take a look at this video, and learn how a commonplace cloud storage tool can be used to collect information from parents…

How to Collect Information from Parents

Collect information from parents using Google Forms.

In the above 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, Monica Burns explains step-by-step how to collect information from parents using Google Drive.

Google Forms, a part of Google Drive, allows you to create your own custom survey. You don't need any HTML experience or advanced technology knowledge to create your own digital survey; in fact, with Google Forms, it's quite the opposite. A few minutes into getting started, you'll find you have your own survey complete and ready for sharing.

When parents (or others) submit information into your survey, Google Forms organizes it nicely inside a Google Spreadsheet.

For more detailed information about using Google Forms in your school, I recommend this training session, Time-saving Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes with Google Forms. Join experienced trainer Kim Munoz as she shows how to use Google Forms to create a quiz, as well as how to access and use the automatic charts to evaluate data from multiple-choice questions. She also covers how to share the form with others.

If you're looking for more ideas on how to connect with parents using technology, take a look at the on-demand video, Engaging and Informing Parents with Social Media. Tools like Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus are used by students and parents to connect with their friends, loved ones, and celebrities. Schools can use these platforms to inform, involve, and engage parents. Join SimpleK12 trainer Shelly Terrell as she shares examples of how these tools are being used by schools, with loads of suggestions on how to get parents to embrace these tools, and tips on how to avoid potential problems.

Have you use Google Drive before? Tell me how you like to use this tool in a comment on this article.

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About Our “How to Collect Information from Parents” Presenter
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Monica works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels. She has conducted well over 40 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Monica.

About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at editor@simplek12.com.