Teachers are in this unique world of planning great lessons, assessing, replanning more great lessons, grading, and assessing again! Why not take it easy and use Google Forms as an assessment! This self-grading, easy to use, FREE, platform is compatible with Google Classroom, includes tons of easy to use features, and even compiles data for you! Talk about a life saver or even better a teacher’s best friend!
Let’s Take a Closer Look
First, Google Forms is incredibly easy to access. Option 1 is to try a simple Google search and it pops right up. Option 2 is using your Google Drive! Simply click the plus and create a new form from there! There are some great, easy to use templates available to choose from, specifically for assessments! They include Worksheet, Assessment, Exit Ticket and of course Blank Quiz. If you don’t need a template, just choose blank! There are a bunch more templates for personal use too! The ready made templates have specific settings already set up for you to make the process even simpler! Of course you can have access to changing these if you need to though! More to come in settings later in the post!
Did you say Self Grading?!
We know teachers need time more than anything else so let Google Forms grade for you! First, let’s understand a little more about Google Forms. It is a helpful tool for assessments allowing you to choose from multiple choice questions, short answer questions, paragraph questions, dropdown questions, linear scale questions for those math problems, and even grid choices for exactly what you need! There are even options to add images, or videos for your questions. Thinking of using a social studies map or an image of a flower for science? Easy peasy! If you are an avid Google Form user, there is even a feature where you can import questions from other Google Forms!
The best part though is if you choose any of the closed option questions, there is an answer key that you create, embedded into the quiz, that does the grading for you! No buttons to push, just self grading as students submit their forms. You can even provide instant feedback on each answer on each question! If you want to supply the students with a little more support, you can even link to a Youtube Video for more instruction or share a link to the lesson for additional support.
Now that we discussed more about the options, let’s dive into the settings! There are settings to allow students to immediately see their results right after submission or you can set it for later after teacher review. The teacher review option works really well if you want to make sure all students complete the assessment before individuals are seeing their scores or if you have added a writing portion. Other settings include blocking the students from taking the quiz more than once (or maybe you want them to do a retake and that works too), and see questions they missed before submitting. Even more, you can allow students to see correct answers and feedback and also see the point values of each question. See the next section for a few more useful settings!
Worried about cheating?
Google Forms allows you to use “Locked Mode,” which literally locks students into the form and will not let them browse the Internet for potential answers! Also, there is an option to shuffle questions so all student forms are different!
Data, Data, Data
Every teacher knows the value of data, but also knows the pain of itemizing and data collecting from various assessments. Google Forms will ease the stress of compiling data for you too!. Not only does it compile various responses to questions, overall scores, but also trends amongst your class or classes!
Specifically, you can look at how many students answered each question correctly and incorrectly, the percentages for each incorrect and correct answer and which students correctly or incorrectly answered each individual question! If you prefer, you can also export your data to Google Sheets to take a closer look there! You can instantly see which questions your students may need to be retaught and which ones they rocked, all instantly! Think about the possibilities of reviewing an assessment the same day that students have completed it. As teachers, the value of this is huge!
Google Forms can also easily be used for quick polls, daily check ins, collecting contact information, or even a rubric for grading student writing or projects! If you are a Google Classroom user, there is even a feature to import all student scores right into Classroom for even more immediate results!
Google Forms for assessment are nothing less than a teacher’s best friend. Between the settings, the instant results, opportunities for feedback, and options for all different types of assessment, this is the tool for you!
Digital Exit Tickets
Talk about some AMAZING features right?! Now, take a look below at some of the digital exit tickets for math standards that I’ve been working on for Kindergarten and First Grade! My favorite thing about using Google Forms for exit tickets is ALL the different question types possible!
Short Answer Responses
What an interactive way to assess students learning quickly! Learn more about these GROWING bundles now by clicking on the pictures!
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