Create a question

This page is for teachers.

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.

If you don’t know if your class is using Classwork, see Does my class have the Classwork page?

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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. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class. 

  2. Tap Classwork.
  3. Tap Add Add and then Question.
  4. Enter the title and any instructions.
  5. For short-answer questions, students can reply to each other and edit their answer. To turn answer interactions on or off, click:
    • Students can reply to each other—If the option is On On , after they answer the question, students can see classmates' answers and comment on them. If the option is Off Off, students can't see each other's answers.
    • Students can edit answer—When turned on, students can edit their answer after submitting it.

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

Post to one or more classes

  1. Next to the class name, tap Next Next.
  2. Tap any additional classes and then Done.

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

Post to individual 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. Tap All students and then All students again to deselect it.
  2. Tap the students who you want to post the question to.
  3. Tap Done.

    Note: You’ll see the number of students assigned the question in the class stream. To view the students’ names, tap 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. 

You can add a category to an assignment on a mobile device, but you can only create categories on a computer.

  1. Next to Grade category, tap No category.
  2. Select a category.
  3. Continue creating the question, or tap More More and then Save draft.

For more information, go to Add a grade category to a post.

Change the point value

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

  1. Next to Points, tap the value.
  2. Enter a new point value or tap Ungraded.
  3. Tap Save.

Create a multiple-choice question

  1. Tap Short answer and then Multiple choice.
  2. Tap Option 1 and enter the first answer option.
  3. Tap Add option and add as many options as you want.
  4. (Optional) To delete an option, tap Remove Remove next to the option.
  5. If you don't want students to see a summary of answers, tap Turn off Turn off .

Add a due date or time

By default, the answer has no due date. To change this:

  1. Tap No due date, select a date, and tap OK
  2. (Optional) To add a due time, tap Time, enter a time, and tap OK.

Add a topic

  1. Tap No topic.
  2. Choose an option:
    • To create a new topic, tap Add topic and enter a topic name.
    • To select a topic in the list, tap it.
  3. Tap Save.

Learn more about how to organize your class stream.

Add attachments

You can add Drive files, links, images, or YouTube videos to your question. On devices with Android 7.0 Nougat and later, you can drag materials to Classroom from another app when the 2 apps are open in split-screen mode. For details, see Android 7.0 Nougat.

Tap Attach Attach and choose an option:

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

To attach a Drive item, tap Drive Google Drive, tap the item, and tap Select.

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

To attach a file from your device, tap File Upload, select the file, and tap Open.

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

  • Search for a video to attach:
    1. In the search box, enter keywords and tap Search Search.
    2. Tap the video and tap Insert.
  • Attach a video link:
    1. Enter the URL, tap the video, and tap Insert.

To take a photo, tap Take photo Camera, take the photo, and tap Done Done.

To record a video, tap Record video Record video, record the video, and tap Done Done.

To add a new PDF, tap New PDF New PDF. You can write notes or draw images on the PDF. When you're done, tap More More and then Save.

To delete an attachment, next to it, tap Remove Remove.

Post, schedule, or save a draft question

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

To post the question immediately, tap Post Post.

To schedule the question to post at a later date, tap More More and then Schedule.

  1. At Schedule for date, tap the date, and select a date and time.
  2. Tap Schedule. The question will automatically post at the scheduled date and time.

    Note: To schedule the question in another class, schedule it first for one class and then reuse the question in the other class.

To save the question as a draft, tap More More and then Save draft.

To see scheduled and draft questions, tap 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. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. Tap Classwork.
  3. Next to the question, click More More and then 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, tap More More and then Save draft.
Add a class comment to the question
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. At the top, click Classwork and then the question.
  3. At the top, click Question.
  4. At the bottom, click Add class comment, enter your comment, and click Post 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 the students are still available in Drive.

Warning! Once deleted, there's no way to undo deleting a question.
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. Tap Classwork.
  3. Next to the question, tap More More and then Delete. Tap Delete again to confirm.

My class doesn't have the Classwork page

Create a question

When you create a question, you can:

Open the question page

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class. 
  2. Tap Add Add and then Question Create question.
  3. Enter the title and any instructions.
  4. For short-answer questions, students can reply to each other and edit their answer. To turn answer interactions on or off, select:
    • Students can reply to each other—After answering the question, the student can see their classmates' answers and comment on them. If this option is turned Off Off, students can't see each other's answers.
    • Students can edit answer—Students can edit their answer after submitting it.

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

Post to one or more classes

  1. Next to the class name, tap Next and then.
  2. Tap any additional classes and then Done.

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

Post to individual 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. Tap All students.
  2. Tap All students to deselect it.
  3. To select students, tap the students' names.
  4. Tap Done.

    Note: You’ll see the number of students assigned the question in the class stream. To view the students’ names, tap 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. 

You can add a category to a question on a mobile device, but you can only create categories on a computer.

  1. Next to Grade category, tap No category.
  2. Select a category.
  3. Continue creating the question, or tap More More and then Save draft.

For more information, go to Add a grade category to a post.

Change the point value

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

  1. Next to Points, tap the value.
  2. Enter a new point value or tap Ungraded.
  3. Tap Save.

Create a multiple-choice question

  1. Tap Short answer and then Multiple choice.
  2. Tap Option 1 to enter the first answer option.
  3. Tap Add option to add as many options as you want.
  4. (Optional) To delete an option, tap Remove Remove next to the option.
  5. (Optional) If you don't want students to see a summary of answers, tap Turn off Turn off .

Add a due date or time

By default, the answer has no due date. To change this:

  1. Tap No due date, select a date, and tap OK
  2. (Optional) Tap Time, select a time, and tap OK.

Add a topic

  1. Tap No topic.
  2. Choose an option:
    • To create a topic, tap Add topic and enter a topic name.
    • To select a topic in the list, tap it.
  3. Tap Save.

Learn more about how to organize your class stream.

Add attachments

You can add Drive files, links, images, or YouTube videos to your question. On devices with Android 7.0 Nougat, you can drag materials to Classroom from another app when the 2 apps are open in split-screen mode. For details, see Android 7.0 Nougat.

  • Tap Attach Attach.

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

  • To attach a Drive item, tap Drive Drive, tap the item, and tap Select.
  • To attach a link, tap Link Link, enter the URL, and tap Add.
  • To attach a file, tap File Upload and tap the file.
  • To take a photo, tap Take photo Camera, take the photo, and tap Ok.
  • To record a video, tap Record video Record video, record the video, and tap Ok.
  • To attach a YouTube video, tap YouTube  YouTube and choose an option:
    • Search for a video to attach:
      1. Enter keywords in the search bar.
      2. Tap the video and tap Insert.
    • Attach a video link:
      1. Enter the URL, tap the video, and tap Insert.
  • To add a new PDF, tap New PDF New PDF.

    You can write notes or draw images on the PDF. When you're done, tap Save Save.

  • To delete an attachment, tap Remove Remove next to the attachment.
Post, schedule, or save a draft question

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

  • To post the question immediately, tap Post Post.
  • To schedule the question to post at a later date, tap More More and then Schedule.
    1. At Schedule for date, tap the date, and select a date and time.
    2. Tap Schedule. The question is automatically posted at the scheduled date and time.

      Note: To schedule the question in another class, schedule it first for 1 class and then reuse the question in the other class.

  • To save the question as a draft, tap More More and then Save draft.
  • To see scheduled and draft questions, tap Saved posts at the top of the class stream.
Edit a question
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. Choose an option:
    • To edit a posted question:
      1. Next to the question, tap More More and then Edit.
      2. Make any other changes and tap Save.
    • To edit a draft question, tap Saved posts.
      1. Tap the question and make any changes.
      2. Tap More More and then Save draft.
    • To edit a scheduled question, tap Saved posts.
      1. Tap the question.
      2. Make any changes and tap Schedule.

      Note: After a question is posted to several classes, editing it in one class does not change it in any other class.

Reuse a question

To reuse a question, see Reuse a post.

Delete a question
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. Choose an option:
    • For a posted question, next to the question, tap More More and then Delete. Tap Delete again to confirm.
    • For a scheduled or draft question, tap Saved posts. Swipe across the scheduled or draft question.
 
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