Google Forms for Walkthrough Observations: The Pros and Cons

Samantha James

Samantha James

April 6, 2023

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Ah, the age-old question: Google Forms or a classroom walkthrough app? Both have their pros and cons, but which one is the best tool for the job? Let’s break it down.

Google Forms has long been a popular choice for walkthrough observations. After all, it’s free, easy to use, and most people are already familiar with it. However, there are some drawbacks. For one thing, you can’t always control who has access to your data. And if you’re not careful, someone could easily accidentally delete your observations. Also, if you’re observations are spread out over multiple sheets, it can be hard to get a big-picture view of what’s going on in your school.

Classroom walkthrough apps, on the other hand, usually cost money (though there are some free options available). But they offer more features and options than Google Forms does. For example, many classroom walkthrough apps let you share observations with specific people (such as your boss or a fellow coach) while keeping others from seeing them. They also often include built-in analytics that make it easy to spot trends and track progress over time.

So which one is the best choice for you? That depends on your needs and preferences. If you’re looking for a tool that’s free and easy to use, Google Forms is a good option. But if you need something with more features and options, a classroom walkthrough app might be a better fit.