Self Assignment Quiz
You can create self-grading quizzes with Google Forms and share them with your class using Google Classroom! In this article, I’ll show you:
- How to create self-grading quizzes
- How to see the results of your quiz and give feedback
- How to share your quiz with the class on Google Classroom
Create a self-grading quiz
Open a new Form from your Google Drive screen, if you haven’t seen the Google Forms Tutorial, check that out first and then come back here. Click the gear icon to open the “Settings” menu, and choose “Quizzes” at the top.
Click on “Make this a quiz” and a range of new options will appear. You can choose when the quiz grade is released so that students can see their grade immediately after they submit the quiz, or you can delay the release in case you want time to review the results. You can also decide whether or not students can see their missed questions, the correct answers, and the point values of questions simply by clicking on the appropriate checkboxes.
Return to your practice form and enter a test question. Set the answer format to “Multiple choice” and enter three or four possible answers, then note at the bottom of the window you now see the words “Answer key.” Click on “Answer key” and you’ll be able to mark the correct answer for this specific question.
It’s important to note that the “Self-grading quizzes” option only works with the Multiple choice, Checkboxes, and Drop-down answer options, but since these are such popular and versatile options I think you’ll get a lot of use out of this new feature.
At the top right of the “Answer Key” window you can assign how many points this question is worth using the up and down arrows. You can also click on “Add feedback” on your Answer key, which allows you to write a message that will pop up after students select each answer. This could be something as simple as “Good job!” for correct answers, or a brief sentence or paragraph explaining why their answer was incorrect.
You can also click the “Link” icon to add a link to the “Add feedback” option in case, for example, you want to send the student to a page or video with more information about the question or topic to help refresh their memory.
You can add more questions and set the correct answer or answers for each, as well as any feedback you may want to leave.
You can always click “Preview” to see how your practice quiz looks and test out the self-grading option. This is a good practice before sending the quiz to your class. Click “Preview” in the top right, then pretend you’re a student and select a “correct” answer for each question, then click “Submit.” If you have selected the quiz option to let the students see their correct and incorrect answers, when you click “Submit” you will see a pop-up window and can click on “View your score” to see which questions you got right and which you missed, as well as the total points you’ve earned. The image below shows what results of a quiz will look like with all the settings selected on the left.
In the Editing view, you can click on “Responses” at the top and see all of the quizzes that have been submitted so far. You can view the data as as summary, or check how each student did individually by clicking either “Summary” or “Individual”. And now, instead of having to grade each quiz by hand, you have all of the information in a neat visual presentation already prepared for you!
If you want to load this data into a spreadsheet all you need to do is click the green icon on the “Responses” form, create a new spreadsheet, and the data will be automatically loaded into the sheet so you can easily see individual answers, scores, and other important information.
Share your quiz with your class in Google Classroom
Now that you’re familiar with the basics of using Google Forms and creating Quizzes, I’ll show you how easy it is to share with your class and add a new Form to your Google Classroom. If you haven’t used Google Classroom yet, check out this tutorial to set up your Google Classroom.
Once you have your practice quiz completed, click send at the top right corner.
This will open a “Send“ form with a range of options for ways you can send or attach the form. I could send this out to individual emails or a group. For example, I have all my 5th and 6th graders in an email group. You can learn how to set up groups in Google here.
You can also embed your quiz form in a website. To share with Google Classroom, choose “Link” first by clicking the chain link icon. You can check the “Shorten URL” box to automatically shorten the URL to your quiz for easier sharing, and then click “Copy” to copy the link to your clipboard and later paste it into your Google Classroom.
You can also load the form directly into your Google Classroom with just a few simple steps. Go to your Classroom, create a New Assignment with the plus sign at the bottom right, and then click the Google Drive icon at the bottom and select the Google Form that is your quiz.
Click “Assign” and your new assignment will appear in your Classroom with the quiz form attached. All your students need to do is click on the assignment and it will open the quiz. When students have finished and submitted their tests you’ll be able to click “View responses in Sheets” and the answers will already be loaded into the appropriate columns for you.
Now you’re ready to make and send self-grading quizzes to your class using Google Forms and Classroom!
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From Theory to Practice
While reading often feels like a solitary activity, teachers can introduce active reading strategies that are social to help students better comprehend their reading. This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They work independently to choose quotations that exemplify the main idea of the text, come to a consensus about those quotations in collaborative groups, and then formulate quiz questions about their reading that other groups will answer. By the end of this lesson, students will have a better understanding of what to focus on in their reading and how to ask good questions.
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- T-Chart Printout:Students use this printout to gather quotations from a common text and write quiz questions for their peers.
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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
One of the most important challenges a teacher faces is motivating his or her students to complete reading assignments and to complete them carefully . The [Student-Made] Quiz offers at least five benefits:
- It provides the standard incentive to read carefully.
- It allows the teacher to give the students immediate feedback.
- It reduces the busywork of grading quizzes.
- It raises the quality of class discussion.
- It serves as a vehicle for collaborative, student-centered learning (89).
This recurring lesson allows students to work together to better understand their reading by discussing its main ideas before they formulate quiz questions for their peers. These questions move beyond comprehension and test students understanding of the significance of the texts they read. The class can then discuss the answers together, providing another learning opportunity, rather than the teacher correcting the quizzes without student input.
Quinn, Timothy and Todd Eckerson. Motivating Students to Read with Collaborative Reading Quizzes. English Journal. 100.1 (2010): 89-91.
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