Microsoft has finally released a product to compete with Google Forms called... Microsoft Forms. Although the name is not completely original, Microsoft Forms does have some nice features that Google Forms does not include without additional add-ons.
The biggest difference you will find is that Microsoft Forms allows you to create quiz questions and assign a correct answer to multiple choice questions. It even has an option to create multiple correct answers, which definitely increases the rigor of your typical multiple choice question. Although this task can be completed on Google Forms through the use of Flubaroo, it is much easier to create through Microsoft Forms.
Since it is so easy to create a quiz on Microsoft Forms, it's upsetting to see that you can not get a grade calculated for each student. Instead, when you go to the Responses tab, you will get a summary of each question. This summary tells you how many students got the answer right or wrong (it marks the question red if under 50% answered it correctly), the percentages each answer choice was selected, and does give you the option to see what each student answered. Because of this, I believe Microsoft Forms would be best used as a bellwork activity or as an exit ticket to quickly assess what the students are excelling at and what they are struggling with.
If you'd like to see how to use Microsoft Forms in your classroom, check out the Office Mix below!
What do you think of Microsoft Forms? Have you had any success with it in the classroom? Let me know in the comments below, I love to know how other schools/teachers are using tech tools in the classroom!
Chris Tucker is an assistant principal at Western Boone Jr/Sr High. He has a passion for providing personalized learning for teachers and students.