Google Classroom allows teachers to post announcements, assignments and questions. All 3 are great resources for teachers. Today I'm going to look at using questions.
Questions can be marked just like an assignment, and could be used as starter activities or homework. You can enable students to edit their questions if you wish, as well as permitting them to view their classmates' answers.
Firstly, click the + button in the bottom right and select "Create a question".
This box then appears. Put your question into the "Title of question" box, and add a description if necessary then click on the due date.
The due date and time options allow you to control when Google Classroom marks something as late. This is useful if you want them to complete a starter activity by 15mins into class - you just set the date and time accordingly. For homework, you may just want to use the date. You can also turn the due date off completely.
Also in the "create a question" box, you can attach files from your computer or drive, or even attach a YouTube video link or standard web link. This may be a resource you want your student to respond to, such as a paragraph of text in a doc or a video from YouTube. Next to this is a drop down list of your classes, this lets you choose to post to multiple classes at one time - a great timesaver!
Once you're ready, click "Ask". A box will appear asking if students can see each others' answers and whether they can edit. Set this as you wish - for discussion I suggest allowing them to see each others answers, for formative assessment I suggest not.
Your question will appear like this in the stream. At first the number "Done" will be 0, but this will update as student answer the question. You can also add comments below to assist students or share relevant material.
The student view looks like this. In this example, we can see that the student can choose to view the answers their classmates have given. They also see a tick showing they've answered it.
Back in the teacher view, click on the question title in the stream, and Classroom takes you to this page. Here you can filter for "done" and "not done", see the answers students have given, grade the question (you can change the maximum mark to anything from 1-100 points, or have it unmarked), and provide private feedback to each student by clicking on their name
So you can see, Google Classroom Questions is a powerful way to have students respond to questions or content as starters, plenary or homework tasks!
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