Monitoring understanding and giving assessments is so much easier with all the Google Tools at your disposal! In fact, one of my favorite ways to give quizzes or checks for understanding is to use Google Forms. Google Forms are the perfect tools for formative and summative assessments in your classroom. Using Google Forms for quizzes or quick checks for understanding in your classroom. Here are three easy ways to use Google Forms for quick checks!
Pretest to Differentiate Instruction
Start your unit with a pretest to allow your students to show what they know! Google Forms are perfect for pretesting your students before a unit of study. Ask questions similar to those on the post-test. For students that pass the assessment with flying colors, you can provide a differentiated assignment such as a choice board of assignments or a Genius Hour project.
In addition, use pretest class results to see the areas you need to focus on more for whole group instruction. Pretests can also be used to create small groups.
Multiple choice pretests are the easiest way to see results. Google Forms give results in the response tab. View responses by question, individual student, or the data of the whole class. This indicates what areas individual students and the full class need more instruction in.
Monitor Understanding During a Unit
How often have you experienced this? Your students seem to be understanding everything you are teaching them in a unit! The answers on their worksheets are correct, and they never have any follow-up questions. Then, the test comes, and, unfortunately, the results are not great.
Thank goodness there is a solution! By using Google Forms for formative assessments to monitor understanding during a unit, you can do a quick check of your students! Three simple multiple choice questions about content you cover in a lesson can be used as an exit ticket to see where your kids are at. If they all generally answer correctly, you can move on and review with the few that need it. If everyone seems confused, time to regroup and reteach tomorrow!
Google Forms makes it easy to give a quiz or a quick check and see the answers in an instant to plan your next lesson.
Summative Assessment at the End of a Unit
Of course, Google Forms can also be used to assess understanding of standards and objectives at the end of a unit. The great thing about Google Forms is the variety of questions you can ask, making it wonderful for creating and sharing assessments.
Here are the types of questions you can use on Google Form Quizzes and Tests:
- Short Answers
- Multiple Choice
- Linear Scale
- Multiple Choice Grid
- Linear Grid
Students can also upload files with Google Forms. This can work for physical explanations of math problems, drawings, and writings on paper. They can also upload files directly from their Google Drives. Summative assessment results can inform instruction for the next unit or help identify students who need remediation or review before moving on.
Using Google Forms for quizzes and quick checks help you easily assess your students’ understanding of concepts before, during, and after your units. How will you use Google Forms in your classroom?
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