Several long awaited features have been added to Google Forms over the summer that directly impact educators. In June Google announced the addition of a quiz option that allows you to create auto-scored multiple select quiz questions. The results from the responses are aggregated as an inidividual score for the respondent and collectively for a group of users. This feature replaces some, but not all, of the features found in the Google Sheets add-on, Flubaroo. One example of a feature available in Flubaroo that is not found in the Google Forms quiz tool is the ability to auto-score short answer responses. Mark Repp has created a fantastic overview of the features and steps for turning your Google Form into an auto-scored quiz. Check it out!
Another long requested feature is the ability to add images as responses inside the question area. This opens up new possibilities for creating questions that are more accessible and more authentic. An example of this might be creating a formative assesment for younger students that uses an image clue to support the text response. Math and Science teachers could use this option to add images that represent graphs or models as response choices. The screenshots below demonstrates how to add an image to a response choice. You can also check out this detailed explanation from Google.
Last month we asked you to share your favorite educational web tools of 2015. The results are in! Not surprisingly websites and apps like Socrative, Google Forms , and Plickers that help with formative assessment were some of your favorites. It was also great to see the Math Expressions iTools and the virtual reality learning app Osmo make the list. If you haven't checked these out you really should.
All of the entries can be found in the spreadsheet embedded below. It's not too late to submit your favorite 2015 EdTech tool by clicking here.
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