Create a question

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As a Classroom teacher, you can post short-answer or multiple-choice questions. After you post a question, you can track the number of students who’ve responded on the Stream page. You can also draft questions to post later and post a question to individual students.

After students complete and turn in their work, you can grade and return it to the students.

Create a question 
In classes created after April 17, 2019, posts to the Classwork page appear at the top.

When you create a question, you can:

Create a question

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. At the top, click Createand thenQuestion.
    Create question
  4. Enter the question and any instructions.
  5. For short-answer questions, students can edit their answer and reply to each other. You can turn these options on or off.
    • Students can edit answer—To allow students to edit their answer after submitting, click the switch to the on position  "".

      Note: Students can only edit their answer before you grade it.

    • Students can reply to each other—To allow students to view and comment on classmates' answers after answering the question, click the switch to the on position "".
      To prevent students from seeing each other's answers, click the switch to the off position "".

Note: There is no character limit for short-answer questions.

Post to one or more classes

Under For, click the Down arrow ""and thenselect the class or classes you want to include.
Select class

Note: You can’t post to individual students across multiple classes. Posts to multiple classes are shared with all students in the classes.

Assign to one or more students

By default, a question is posted to all students in the class. You can post a question to individual students. However, you can’t post to individual students if more than one class is included. And, you can’t post to more than 100 individual students at a time.

  1. Next to All students, click the Down arrow ""and thenAll students to deselect it.
    Select students
  2. Select the students for the question.

    Note: On the Stream page, on the question, you'll see the number of students asked. To view the students’ names, click number students on the question.

Add a grade category

For organization, you can add grade categories to questions. With grade categories, you and your students can see the category a question belongs to, such as Homework or Essays. Teachers also see the categories on the Grades page.

Under Grade category, click the Down arrow ""and thenselect a category from the menu.
For more information on grade categories, go to Add a grade category to posts or Set up grading.
Select category

Change the point value

You can change the point value of a question, or make it ungraded. By default, questions are set at 100 points.

  1. Under Points, click the value.
    Points
  2. Enter a new point value or select Ungraded.
    Note: When students answer an ungraded question, they tap Turn in. If students miss a due date, the work status shows Missing or Turned in late. Work without a due date shows Assigned.

Create a multiple-choice question

  1. Next to Short answer, click the Down arrow ""and thenMultiple choice.
    Select Multiple choice
  2. Click Option 1 and enter the first answer option.
    Option
  3. Click Add option and add as many options as you want.
  4. (Optional) To delete an option, next to it, click Remove "".
  5. By default, when students turn in a question, they see a class summary of answers. To turn off this feature, next to Students can see class summary, click the switch to the off position "".

Add a due date or time

By default, a question has no due date. To change this:

  1. Under Due, click the Down arrow "".
    No due date
  2. Next to No due date, click the Down arrow "".
    No due date
  3. Click a date on the calendar.
  4. (Optional) To set a due time, click Timeand thenenter a time and specify AM or PM.
    Note: Work is marked Missing or Turned in late as soon as the date or time due arrives. For example, for work to be on time at 9:00 AM, set the time due to 9:01 AM. For instructions to check work status, go to See work status and student answers.

Add a topic

  1. Under Topic, click the Down arrow "".
    Click No topic
  2. Choose an option:
    • To create a topic, click Create topic and enter a topic name. 
    • To select a topic in the list, click it.

Learn more about how to organize your class stream.

Add attachments

You can add materials, such as Google Drive files, links, or YouTube videos to your question.

To upload a file, click Attach . Select the file and click Upload.

To attach a Google Drive file:

  1. Click Drive "".
  2. Select the item and click Add.
    Note: If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, click Copy. Classroom makes a copy to attach to the question and saves it to the class Drive folder.

To attach a YouTube video, click YouTube YouTube and choose an option:

  • To search for a video to attach:
    1. In the search box, enter keywords and click Search .
    2. Click the videoand thenAdd.
  • To attach a video link:
    1. Click URL.
    2. Enter the URL and click Add.

To attach a link, click Link "", enter the URL, and click Add Link.

To delete an attachment, next to it, click Remove "".

Post, schedule, or save a draft question

Note: If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, click Copy. Classroom makes a copy to attach to the question and saves it to the class Drive folder.

To post the question immediately, click Ask.

To schedule the question to post later:

  1. Next to Ask, click the Down arrow ""and thenSchedule.
  2. Next to the date, click the Down arrow "" and select a date and time.
  3. Click Schedule. The question will automatically post at the scheduled date and time.
    Note: To schedule the question for another class, schedule it first for one class and then reuse the question for the other class.

To save the question as a draft, next to Ask, click the Down arrow ""and thenSave draft.  

To see scheduled and draft questions, click Classwork.

Edit a question

Note: If a question is posted to several classes, editing it in one class doesn't change it in any other class.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Next to the question, click More ""and thenEdit.
    Click Edit
  4. Choose an option:
    • For a posted question: Make your changes and click Save.
    • For a scheduled question: Make your changes and click Schedule.
    • For a draft question: Make your changes. Then, next to Ask, click the Down arrow ""and thenSave draft.
Add a class comment to a question
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. At the top, click Classworkand thenthe questionand thenView Question.
  3. To add a comment to the class, at the top, click Question.
    Add class comment
  4. Click Add class comment, enter your comment, and click Post.
Reuse a question
To reuse a question, see Reuse a post.
Delete a question

If you delete a question, all grades and comments related to the question are deleted. However, any attachments or files created by you or your students are still available in Google Drive.

Warning! Once deleted, there's no way to undo deleting a question.
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click your classand thenClasswork.
  3. Next to the question, click More ""and thenDelete.
  4. To confirm, click Delete again.

Have students see or add comments to a question

When you create a question, you can instruct students to leave class comments. In both multiple-choice and short-answer questions, students can read and respond to class comments. Students can also comment privately to teachers.

To learn how to manage student comments, go to Set student permissions to post and comment.

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