Today, I made a run down to our front office at school to find some office supplies. While there, I ran across a large number of bubble sheets. I asked the secretary in the office why there were so many. She told me that there are a large number of teachers that use them. I asked why, and she said, “tell me why you ask, because if we can avoid ordering them, they are expensive.” I then proceeded to tell her about all of the online options that teachers have for grading student assessments. She was unaware that there were so many options. So, as a result I decided to write this article, asking the question:
- I need to see the steps in my students’ math problems.
- Students can cheat when they use online assessments.
- My kids don’t have mobile devices to use in the classroom.
- Forms allows users to set up an online document that users can fill in.
- Users can add Multiple Choice, True/False, Short Answer, or Essay questions
- All responses are collected and saved (New Forms collects answers in the Responses Tab). Responses can be viewed in a Google Sheet if you’d like.
- Watch this video for more information.
Since Google Forms allows Google Apps for Education Users to restrict who fills out a form, and to automatically collect usernames when filled out, it makes Forms a great tool for Assessments. Plus, when you use Google Sheets Add-Ons such as Flubaroo or Super Quiz, all student submissions can be automatically graded for you. See this tutorial on Flubaroo for more information.
This option is great for schools in which teachers have access to a tablet or phone, but
the kids may not. Plickers is an app available for Android and iOS, that uses QR-style codes to gather responses from students. The Plickers app can be used to scan the room for responses to questions that teachers create. Each student has their own set of cards used to respond to questions (See below). Students are assigned to a specific Card Number. Depending on which way the card is oriented, the app will pick up the student’s answer.
Responses are collected by the app and saved to your Plickers account. Cards can be printed from the Plickers website. Get started by visiting http://plickers.com
- Users can pay $1.99 for 2 months, $6.99/Year, or a one time fee of $12.99 (iOS only).
- Set up your account at http://www.zipgrade.com to create tests and answer sheets.
- Bubble Sheets can be printed here.
- As students turn in their sheets, teachers can use the app to scan in answers.
- That’s it! All answers are collected and can be viewed online or downloaded.