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:

Open the question page

  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. Select any additional classes and tap Done.

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

    Note: On the Stream page, you’ll see the number of students assigned the question. 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.

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

Change the point value

You can change the point value of a questions, or make it 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 more options.
  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 answer has no due date. To change this:

  1. Tap 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 photos to your question.

Tap Attach "" and choose an option:

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

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

To attach a photo, tap Pick photo and choose the photo.

To take a photo, tap Use camera. Take the photo and tap Use Photo.

To delete an attachment, next to it, tap 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 "".
  • 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 changes.
  • To see scheduled and draft questions, tap Classwork.
Edit a question

Note: If you post a question 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. On the question, swipe leftand thentap Edit "".
  4. Choose an option:
    • For a posted or scheduled question, make your changes and tap Save or Schedule.
    • For a draft question, make your changes, tap More ""and thenSave changes.
Add a class comment to the question
  1. Tap Classroom ""and thenthe class.
  2. At the top, tap Classworkand thenthe question.
  3. At the top, tap Question.
  4. At the bottom, tap Add class comment, enter your comment, and tap 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. On the question, swipe leftand thentap Delete "".
  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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