Thursday, March 10, 2016

Create Easy Tic-Tac-Toe Menus with Google Forms and Autocrat | #30DBB - Day 11

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Barrels of physical and virtual ink have been spilled extolling the virtues of Tic-Tac-Toe menus for differentiation. If you're not familiar with them, they're pretty straightforward: give your students 9 choices, and they choose three of them to complete to make a Tic-Tac-Toe.

A lot of Tic-Tac-Toe menus focus on having activities for different learning styles, organized in such a way that students experience multiple modalities when they make their choices. And, of course, the fact that it is the students who are choosing significantly amps up the motivation factor.

I love these menus. My only problem with them is that they can be a bit of a pain to format and get looking presentable. So to solve that problem, I created a Google Form that I've coupled with Autocrat to create lovely looking, pre-formatted Tic-Tac-Toe menus. All you have to do in the Form is enter your email, the topic of your menu, and what you want in each square. Once you're done, hit "Submit" and an editable Google Doc will be emailed to you in a couple minutes. You can see an example of what your finished menu will look like below.

If you need some inspiration for your menus, there are links to some really good resources below the Form. Try it out, cut down your planning time, and start making it easy to differentiate for your students.

Alexis Cullerton - Tic Tac Toe Menu Boards
Dare to Differentiate Choice Boards
Literacy Across Disciplines: Choice Boards



  1. Form no longer works. Can you fix please?

  2. The form no longer works. Can you fix it please?

    1. Hey, Russ, you are 100% correct. Looks like the Autocrat upgrade from v2 to v3 undid all my doings. Should be fixed now, and my apologies for the 5 or 6 duplicate emails you probably just got when it kicked back into gear. :) Thanks for letting me know.