The Google Form I created was mainly to determine opinions and ideas about tipping and its purpose was for people to share their practices and opinions about tipping for service. The paragraph/short answer type questions provided great insight into this topic and provided reasons why, or why not, people should/would tip.
As for using forms in the classroom I believe there are many great uses, especially in an elementary setting.
One idea would be to post study questions for tests and quizzes online. This would be something parents could access from home, and if you select the option to allow those who have completed the form to view results, they would receive almost instant feedback of what questions were answered correctly, as long as the first column on the spreadsheet was filled with the correct responses. This idea would also provide feedback to the classroom teacher on what topics or concepts may need to be reviewed prior to the test being administered.
At the university level I have used Google Docs and Google Presentations when creating essays, research projects, and final presentations. These worked well at the university level and could be used at an elementary level as long as the students have been introduced to the technology being used and had time to explore it.
I know a touchy topic in some classrooms is where the funds go. Some classroom teachers take in a sum of money at the beginning of the year to be used, while others collect on a per event basis. If a teacher had concerned parents wondering where the money goes to, a Google Spreadsheet could show where the money goes and how much remains in the budget.
The blog titled 74 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom provides a Google Presentation on many different ways to use Google forms with students in a classroom setting.
* I'm not sure who is the original owner of the presentation in this blog, but for those of you in ECMP355 it is also in the shared folder for Tech task 2 shared with us by Dean Shareski and Michael Wacker. This could also pose the question as to whether or not anyone actually owns a collaborative document on Google?
I also appreciate this blog titled Google Forms and Spreadsheets—Fun Times with Data Collection!
that shows how a teacher uses Google forms to track students and to reduce the amount of "paperwork" being completed by keeping everything online.
Finally, this blog shows how to keep anecdotal reading records with a Google Form, rather than having different binders with pages, multiple lists, and sticky notes.
Overall, I believe the use of Google Forms can decrease the amount of binders and papers in a classroom and help a teacher to stay more organized by having everything in one place online.