Create a question

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Note: The previous version of Classroom (without the Classwork page) was deprecated and discontinued on September 4, 2019. For more information, see Classroom classes without the Classwork page.

 

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 class and then Classwork.
  3. At the top, click Create  and then Question.
    Create 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 students answer a question, they can view and comment on their classmates' answers. 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

Next to For, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then select 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.

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. Next to All students, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then All 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.

Next to Grade category, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then select 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. Next to Points, click the value.
    Points
  2. Enter a new point value or select Ungraded.
  3. Click Update.

Create a multiple-choice question

  1. Next to Short answer, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Multiple 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 the option, click Remove Remove.
  5. If you don't want students to see a class summary of answers, click Turn off Turn off.

Add a due date or time

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

  1. Next to Due, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    No due date
  2. Next to No due date, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    No due date
  3. Click a date on the calendar.
  4. (Optional) To set a due time, click Time and enter a time.

Add a topic

  1. Next to Topic, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    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 Attach. Select the file and click Upload.

To attach a Google Drive file:

  1. Click Drive Google 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 Search.
    2. Click the video and then Add.
  • To attach a video link:
    1. Click URL.
    2. Enter the URL and click Add.

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

To delete an attachment, next to it, click 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, 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 Down Arrowand then Schedule.
  2. Next to the date, click the Down arrow 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 Down Arrowand then Save 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 class and then Classwork.
  3. Next to the question, click More More and then Edit.
    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 Down Arrowand then Save draft.
Add a class comment to the 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 Classwork and then the question and then View 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 the students are still available in Drive.

Warning! Once deleted, there's no way to undo deleting an assignment.
  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 class and then Classwork.
  3. Next to the question, click More More and then Delete. Click Delete again to confirm.

Have students see or add comments to a question

Students can comment on questions you post. When you create a question, you can instruct students to leave class comments.

For both multiple-choice and short-answer questions, students can read and respond to class comments. Students can also comment privately to teachers.

On the Classwork page, students:

  1. Click the question and then View question.

  2. (Optional) Students see the number of comments left by classmates. They click the number to read them.
    View question

  3. Click Add class comment and then enter their comment.

  4. Click Post to share their comment with the class. 

For managing student comments, see Set student post and sharing permissions. For more commenting options, see the Post to stream page.
 
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