Minute Papers on Zoom using Google Forms
Provide a prompt, then link participants to a Google Form with a long answer text field. Instruct them to take one minute to respond to the prompt, then hit submit. If you’re planning on displaying their responses or using them later in the facilitation, let them know your intentions before they start writing.
- Instruct the group that you’re going to give them one minute to write a response to a given prompt.
- Share your prompt with them.
- Provide a link to a Google Form to collect responses.
- Check in for any questions or clarifications on the instructions.
- Start the timer and tell them to begin writing.
- Give a 10 second warning, then end the writing, asking everyone to submit what they have.
Create a simple Google Form prior to the workshop and have the link ready to copy-paste.
Decide beforehand how you intend to utilize their responses, and make sure you plan accordingly. If you want to incorporate their writing into a later activity, for example, make sure you give yourself enough time to read all the responses, and prepare that.
Default to anonymous unless you need to be able to associate individual participants with their response, in which case you can easily add a short answer field for names in the Google Form. In any case, be explicit with your participants how you will (or won’t) be using their writing in the workshop.
If you’re going to display responses to other people, sharing your screen and clicking through the responses in the Google Form response view provides a nice user experience. If you’re planning on taking the text and utilizing it elsewhere, the Google Sheets output will probably be easier to work with.
If you're using apps other than Zoom and Google Forms, here are the specific things your software will need to be able to do:
Google Forms allows participants to draft and anonymously submit text for immediate reading.