Using Google Classroom Questions

A Google Classroom Question can promote learning in a number of ways.

Once you have tidied up your classroom Stream by hiding notifications and preventing students from posting you can start to create the content of your classroom. Go to Classwork, and click Create.

When you click the Create button, you have many options. This week we focus on Question.

How it works

You can choose Short Answer or Multiple Choice. 

  • Multiple Choice will give you an instant poll - the graph will display as soon as students answer.
    • You can choose whether students see the summary graph or not.
    • You can see each student’s response.
  • Short Answer allows students to write a few sentences.
    • You can choose to allow students to respond to each other’s responses. (They can only do so once they have answered).
    • If you choose NOT, they will not see each other’s responses.
    • You can choose to allow them to edit their responses.

Some ideas for using it

  • Do Now: a question at the start of the lesson to activate the students’ thinking as a lead-in.
  • Do Now: an MCQ followed by a discussion of the graph and what it means.
  • Class Discussion: get everyone involved and replying to each other; a quick way to get the whole class to express opinions. Allows quiet/shy students to speak; allows time for all students to formulate their ideas.
  • Check for Understanding: ask a question (not allowing students to respond to each other) to guide you in seeing what aspects of a topic are not understood and to see which individuals are not following.
  • Share resources/links: this is a useful way for students to quickly and easily share a link to a useful resource, or to something which they might have made outside of Google Classroom.
  • Exit Ticket: a question is a neat way to capture exit questions: main take-aways from the lesson, what I still need to know about the topic, etc.
  • As a check-in during the writing process: submit topic; submit key resources to be used; submit main ideas/outline; etc.

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