Google Forms: Creating Objective Based Quizzes and Tests

It is well documented that one of Google Classroom’s main objectives is to enable teachers to spend more time teaching and less time doing paperwork.  If you are interested in doing less paperwork, read on!  Google Forms, an application that is part of Google’s suite of Apps for Education, can make creating, distributing, collecting, and grading a snap. Using Google Classroom will require some familiarity with Google Drive.  For a quick review of Google Drive, here’s a Google produced introductory video (click here).  After watching, continue reading.

To create your first Google form, navigate to Google Drive.  Click “new” and and then “Google Forms” (You’ll want to make sure you have a folder created for the form that you’ll be working from.  Keeping forms and related files organized helps to efficiently locate the student results when you’re ready to grade the assessment).

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This action brings up the forms editor.  Adding fields to capture the student’s name and other important information is your first priority.  Make sure you choose “text” for question type. Other common tasks are naming your document, giving your form a title, choosing a theme, and finally adding your content.  Creating assessment items such as true/false, multiple choice, or choosing from a list are among several choices.  Just have your test bank handy and you’re on your way.

To see how your test will look to students, click “view live form.”  After you’ve become comfortable with your first item,  add more items until your test is complete.  Click the “add item.”  Before publishing to yours students, you’ll want to revise your form a couple of times. 

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Now that you’ve created your test, getting it to the students is the next task. To distribute the test, there are several available options: you can share the viewable live form with an individual or group or class.  For our purposes, we’ll distribute via Google Classroom. First, view the live form and copy the url. Navigate to Google Classroom. Post an announcement for your class to take the test.  Add the link by clicking the “add link” icon. 

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To view your the student responses, click “view responses” at the top of the menu bar.

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Manual grading is an option, but it’s not recommended.  In our next blog we’re going to cover how use a free Google Education script called “Flubaroo” that can grade an entire class quiz in just a few seconds.

How does one become more proficient?  The best way to get proficient at using Google Forms is to simply begin using it.  The more you use it, the more comfortable you’ll feel.   If you get stuck and need help, feel free to reach out to us here at Beehively  (support@beehively.com).  Thanks for reading.  If you have a topic that you’d like us to cover, please send us your suggestions.

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Buzzworthy Apps: ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 10.16.32 AMNow that we’ve all been busy incorporating the California Common Core State Standards into our classrooms, it’s apparent that there’s a common theme that relates to technology.  Although there is a progression of the standards themselves from one grade level to the next, here’s an excerpt from grade 5, “With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others.”

Although most teachers who have been teaching the last several years are already familiar with this imperative, getting started can be overwhelming. Without support, equipping students to properly use technology and the internet to write, publish, and collaborate is a tall task. At Beehively our goal is to provide the support superintendents, principals, and teachers need. 

ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard is an audio/visual presentation tool.  These presentations, called ShowMes, use text, drawing, photos, and or voice over annotation to publish and share ideas.  Upon launching the app, you’ll see an elegant intuitive user interface.  Simply choose a tool, tap the record button and off you go.  Students can demonstrate a math skill, explain a science concept, publish ideas, and interact and collaborate with others.  Students  could even work in partner groups to explore/demonstrate ideas.  However, that’s only the beginning.

ShowMe is also an excellent instructional resource as well. Teacher’s can record a lesson and then share it with their students for viewing on an iPad, Chromebook or  desktop PC.  This app is helpful for introducing, teaching, reteaching, or for differentiated instruction.  ShowMes (as they’re called) can easily be incorporated for use in Google Classroom.

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To see ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard in action, just check out some of the teacher created ShowMes.  Just point your browser to www.showme.com.  You’ll be able to view amazing ShowMes on any subject from math, science, history, ELA or fine arts. It was recently given a 4 out of 5 stars teacher rating by the folks over at Graphite (www.graphite.com). To get this free to use app, click here.

Support

Need help with your device or your school’s devices? Feel free to contact us here at Beehively support@beehively.com.

Professional Development

Beehively offers a wide range of professional development seminars designed to meet the needs of your organization.  Contact your Beehively account representative to further explore these opportunities.