One of my go-to tools this year is Google Forms. (We just became a "Google district" earlier this school year, so each teacher has his/her own account.) This tool is very intuitive and easy-to-use. All the data is automatically compiled into a spreadsheet, making it simple to use the information to inform decisions. Just a few minutes of exploring and I was up and running! In case you're interested, here a quick tutorial from Jennie Magiera's blog, Teaching like it's 2999.
I think there are lots of possibilities here for my work as an instructional coach. Right now, I see the uses falling into three categories -- pre-assessment, feedback, and simple organization. My principal and I are using Google Forms to collect feedback from teachers following professional development opportunities, which informed future planning. The data was much easier to reflect upon in spreadsheet form, rather than e-mails or half-sheets of paper spread out all over a table. Likewise, another teacher and I used it before facilitating a professional development opportunity (about Google Drive...haha!) to survey teachers about their questions and needs and determine the direction for our time together. Signing teachers up for study groups this year is quick and easy using Google Forms. We just sent out a Google Form with the question "Name." So easy, and I was so happy not to have my inbox filled with e-mails! Plus I didn't have to worry about missing someone!
How are you using Google Forms in professional development?