E-sheets are an electronic take on the traditional classroom worksheet. This page discusses e-sheets, and variations of them like online mind-map templates and spreadsheet activities.


Traditionally, e-sheets are digital documents (e.g., a MS-Word document, OpenOffice document, or Google document) that provide links to online resources, and a series of questions that guide student research on those sites. Students enter their answers on a copy of the document, and then email or share the completed e-sheet with the teacher. The e-sheet is interactive, reinforces technology skills, and can be used to encourage group work. In addition, e-sheets can be varied to provide differentiated instruction.

E-sheets can also be created with tools like Google Forms. The link to the Google Form is shared with students who respond to questions via the Google Form. Student responses then appear in the teacher's Google Spreadsheet that resides behind the Google form.

The two files below were created by Dr. Ben Freville at Dominican, and provide information on e-sheets.

For more information on e-sheets see this PDF on e-sheets, or Laurie Fowler's e-sheet page.

Spreadsheets as e-sheets

E-sheets can also be created using spreadsheets. Students can be directed to enter numbers and formulas in the spreadsheet, and reflect on what they discover. See the example below to get a better idea of using a spreadsheet as an interactive worksheet.

The above example uses Microsoft Excel, but could also be done using Google Spreadsheets. After completion, the student could share the spreadsheet with the teacher.

Mind-maps / graphic organizers as e-sheets

A number of desktop and online tools can be used to create "mind-maps" or graphic organizer templates that students can then fill out. Instead of a sequence of questions in the traditional e-sheet, students fill in sections of the organizer. Any tool that provides basic diagramming functionality can be used to create a graphic organizer or mind-map, although some tools provide additional functionality, like adding pictures and switching between diagram view and outline view.

Kidspiration and Inspiration are two popular tools from Inspiration Software. The company also has a web-based tool, Webspiration, for online mind-maps. These tools are not free.

There are a number of online diagramming and mind-mapping tools that allow different degrees of collboration and sharing. Some examples are:


Also see Robin Good's "Best Online Collaboration Tools of 2011", created using Mindmeister.

Sample e-sheets

E-Sheet for Animal Cell Division

An E-Sheet on The Gold Rush
By: Angela Bursich

Ben's Cubism E-Sheet

Tech Assignments for the Tech challenged
E-Sheet Space Veselina Sevova