Self-Marking Quizzes Using Google Forms

I posted about this on Twitter and someone asked me how to do it so I figured I might as well write it up as a step-by-step rather than try to explain over Twitter…

 

I first saw this as it was advertised as a new feature within Google Classroom. Our school uses Google Classroom to set homework and communicate with pupils so all of our classes are automatically imported through SIMS. As well as this, parent/carer emails are also automatically imported too which means they get an email whenever homework is set which is great for improving communication between home and school.

This step-by-step is to create a self-marking quiz via. Google Classroom. By using Google Classroom, the marks are automatically imported to a spreadsheet which allows you to then identify students who may need intervention. If you do not use Google Classroom in your school, you can still make a Google Form into a quiz by toggling the settings as seen below:

Settings Option

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You can also toggle various options such as releasing marks and what the student can see.

The step-by-step guide below is to use through Google Classroom:

Step One: Create an Assignment

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Go to the ‘classwork’ tab at the top and then create. Select ‘quiz assignment’ which will automatically set up a Google Form as a quiz.

Step Two: Open your Quiz

Make sure you click on the ‘blank quiz’ that appears in the post. You then need to click on the ‘pencil’ icon in the top right hand corner in order to create your quiz.

Step Three: Design your Questions

Screenshot 2018-12-16 at 13.55.19.pngGoogle Forms allows you to select many different types of questions and answers. If you want students to give a free text answer then you can still mark these so don’t worry – it will not record the numerical mark but it will still provide feedback for the student.

Step Four: Assign the Correct Answers & Point Value

Screenshot 2018-12-16 at 13.58.21.pngAfter you have written your question and given some answers, you need to select the answer key option at the bottom.

Note: you can also toggle whether the question is ‘required’ or not – this means students will have to answer it before submitting.

Screenshot 2018-12-16 at 14.00.17Select the correct answers and then you can also give a point value in the top right hand corner.

I really like the ‘add answer feedback’ option as well which allows you to generate a message depending on whether the student answered the question correctly or not. This can be used to then identify students that need intervention or where the gaps in their knowledge are.

If you are going to ask students to provide a free text answer then you can also provide some indicative content for them to check through for their answers.

Step Five: Preview your Quiz

Once you have written all of your questions, provided the answers (and ticked the correct ones!) then you should preview the quiz. This allows you to see any errors or things you have missed.

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Step Six: Toggle Grade Importing & Post to Students

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Make sure that ‘grade importing’ is toggled on before you post to students as this allows you to ensure the data is collected and assigned to that specific student.

Step Seven: Look at your Marks

Once you have then collected responses from students, you can analyse the data quickly and easily. I did the quiz as a ‘student’ and purposefully got 0 points to check the feedback was working (I promise it was on purpose!)

Screenshot 2018-12-16 at 14.07.17This will then give you an overview of the average mark as well as a table to show you the distribution of marks. It will also then highlight any frequent missed questions from students.

 

I think that should just about cover it. Google for Education allows you to play around with lots of different options so there are loads of different ways to customise your quizzes and content shared with students.

I hope this was useful for some of you! If you have any other tips or ways of creating content similar to this then please share them either in the comments below or via Twitter.

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Managing Your Workload During Your Training Year

If you have just started your teacher training, no matter the route, you may be feeling rather swamped with things to do! It is something that I really struggled with throughout the year and no matter what advice you will be given…you will struggle to balance everything. I don’t think it is something people ever master or get the hang of as even very experienced colleagues admit that they find it difficult.

I think I needed to think about this recently as well as I come to the end of my first week as an NQT and face the temptation to work over the weekend…which I’m channelling into this post instead.

1. You’ll never finish your to do list.

It is just going to be a fact. You’ll never finish off everything you want to. What you can do, however, is RAG rate the importance of the tasks you need to do so that you make sure you finish that lesson before you start cutting out display lettering.

2. Use your free periods wisely.

The benefit of your sparse timetable in the first term is that you can get lots of observations done across different year groups/subject areas but it also means that you can get lots of reading done for your assignments. Space out the work you’ll need to put in for your assignments during this first term especially because once your teaching ramps up…you’ll be glad you did it!

3. Remember to say no.

You should not be expected to be the errand girl/boy for the other teachers in your department. Of course, there may be times where you help a colleague out by grabbing their photocopying from reprographics. However, there is a line and you need to learn where you draw yours.

4. Think about how much time you spend planning lessons/activities.

Be smart about it. I once spent 2 hours planning a 20 minute connect activity. It was ridiculous. I tried to account for every minute of the lesson and micro-manage the pupils in anticipation. Well needless to say that some pupils turned up late, didn’t dance to the very specific beat of my specially designed drum, and well…the lesson was a bit pants. Not only did I spend an idiotic amount of time on the 20 minute connect activity but it didn’t do anything for the kids either so nobody won. Try to keep it all in perspective!

5. Get yourself a decent planner & write all of your deadlines in.

There is nothing worse than finding out you have a major essay due in a few days when you haven’t done any of the work and you’ve got a stack of books to mark as well as lessons to plan! Get yourself a decent planner, wall calendar or sit down and input it onto your phone calendar. It’ll save you a heart attack closer to the time.

6. Set aside some time that is all about you.

Keep yourself grounded and set some time aside that it all about you. I set aside Saturdays every week. Arguably, that isn’t nearly enough time but for me, that was good enough. I wouldn’t do any work and would make sure to catch up on some trashy TV whilst in my pyjamas binge eating sweets.

7. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

Some departments/schools are more open about sharing resources than others. Regardless of whether colleagues are happy to share, you can access loads of materials and resources online through Twitter (where most people share for free), bloggers, TES or Teachers Pay Teachers. These resources will save you a decent amount of time and if nothing else, give you lots of ideas!

8. Ask for help and support.

You should have a mentor in school as well as a tutor with your training provider…ask them for them! The chances are that they’ve supported other trainees through these issues and been through them themselves. Talk to your friends and your family. Don’t be scared to say if you’re ever struggling.

 

If there is anything else that anyone can think or would like to see on this list then let me know in the comments below or by tweeting me @MissSims4