Design an automated assessment that reacts to your students learning using this Google Forms trick



Every Tuesday morning, I run a Google for Education Breakfast session for teachers at my school. We have been busy setting up Google Classrooms across departments for year 11 GCSE exam revision and some teachers are using Google Forms to quiz their students. This morning I wanted to explore how Google Forms can be used, not only to assess, but to reteach and stretch students, especially when they are revising for exams. I want to share this with you.

A couple of years ago I designed the Progress Relay. This is simply a way to design your Google Form quiz, using the sections feature, to reteach students who have answered incorrectly and to stretch and challenge students who have answered correctly. Once set up by the teacher this amazing assessment tool, now also becomes an automated differentiated teaching tool!


At a basic level, and the level at which a lot of teachers maintain, a Google Form quiz can be used to ask students a linear set of questions. Represented below. Most quizzes follow this format.


If you're unfamiliar with how to create a Google Forms quiz in Google Classroom check out this 2 minute video

So what makes a Google Form Quiz different to any other quizzing app? (It's completely free, it integrates into your Google Classroom gradebook, it assists you with AI and has some really cool data analysis options... but apart from that?) The sections feature, commonly used to separate questions into different... errr... sections, comes to life when you discover that you can send students to different sections based on their answer to a question. You can set this feature by clicking the three dots at the bottom right of the question.


Click here to get your own copy of this Google Form

So, we can direct students to different sections, based on whether or not they answered the question correctly. I suggest creating three sections per question. Section 1 is your main question, section 2 is your reteach section and section 3 is your stretch section. Differentiate the task, not the outcome, so when the student gets the reteach section correct, lead them to the stretch section too.


A Google Forms quiz is for quizzing isn't it, how can it be used to teach? The beauty of a Google Form is that you can add all sorts of content. When composing a Google Form the menu gives you the option, not only to add eleven types of question, but also add text (including links to other web pages), videos and images. Use these to reteach and the stretch knowledge.


In the example below I have used a YouTube video and a link to a website as my reteach resources. Then the student has to answer a similar question to the original, to assess their new knowledge.


Download the example Google Form Progress Relay here and start making your own. Use this simple feature you can turn a Google Form into an automated teaching and assessment tool, that reacts to the needs of your students. You're essentially creating an effective online revision course that meets the specific needs of your students.

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