Create a question

This article 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 responded. You can also draft questions to post later and post a question to individual 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. Tap Classroom ""and thenthe class. 

  2. Tap Classwork.
  3. Tap Add ""and thenQuestion.
  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, tap 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, tap the switch to the on position "".
      To prevent students from seeing each other's answers, tap the switch to the off position "".

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

Post to one or more classes

  1. Next to the class name, tap Next "".
  2. Tap any additional classesand thenDone.

    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 posts 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 assign categories on a mobile device, but you can only create new categories on a computer.

  1. Next to Grade category, tap No category.
  2. Select a category.

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.
    Note: For ungraded work, students tap Turn in. If students miss a due date, the work status shows Missing or Turned in late.
  3. Tap Save.

Create a multiple-choice question

  1. Tap Short answerand thenMultiple 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, next to it, tap 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, tap the switch to the off position "".

Add a due date or time

By default, the question 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.
    Note: Work is marked Missing or Turned in late as soon as the date or time due arrives.

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.

Tap 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 ""Don't see the Drive icon?and thenthe itemand thentSelect.

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

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

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

  • Search for a video to attach:
    1. In the search box, enter keywords and tap 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 "", take the photo, and tap Done "".

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

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

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

About Drive files with earlier versions of Android

Attaching files from Drive on your Android device depends on which version you’re running. To check which version of Android your device uses, go to Check your Android version.

If you use Android 4.4 Kit Kat, you won't see the Drive icon "", but you can still attach Drive files:

  • Tap File ""and thenselect a file to attach. 

If you use Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, when you tap the Drive icon "", you’ll be asked to update your device. For instructions, go to Update your Android version. The update might not work on some older devices, but you can choose another option:

  • Copy the file link from your mobile browserand thentap Add link "" to attach it.
  • Use a computer rather than a mobile device.
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 "".
  • To schedule the question to post at a later date:
    1. Tap More ""and thenSchedule.
    2. At Schedule for date, tap the date, and select a date and time.
    3. 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 ""and thenSave 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 "" and thenthe class.
  2. Tap Classwork.
  3. Next to the question, tap More ""and thenEdit.
  4. Choose an option:
    • For a posted question: Make your changesand thentap Save.
    • For a scheduled question: Make your changesand thentap Schedule.
    • For a draft question: Make your changesand thentap More ""and thenSave draft.
Add a class comment to a question
  1. Tap Classroom "" and thenthe class.
  2. Tap Classworkand thenthe question.
  3. At the top, tap Question.
  4. At the bottom, tap Add class comment, enter your commentand thentap 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. Tap Classroom ""and thenthe class.
  2. Tap Classwork.
  3. Next to the question, tap More ""and thenDelete.
  4. To confirm, tap 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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