Give feedback on assignments

This article is for teachers.

You can give your students personalized feedback on any type of file in the Classroom grading tool. You can leave comments on student work and maintain a comment bank to store comments that you use most often.

Files you can attach to assignments

Students can attach any file type to their assignments, including:

  • Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Microsoft®️ Word®️, Excel®️, or PowerPoint®️
  • Adobe®️ PDF®️
  • Image files
  • TXT files
  • Video files (WEBM, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEG-PS, WMV, FLV, OGG)

View student work

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Open student work
  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. Click the assignmentand thenView question or View assignment.
  4. On the left, click the student nameand thena file that they turned in.
    Click student name
See the grade and submission history of an assignment

You can see how the grade for an assignment has changed and how many times a student has submitted work for an assignment.

Important: This feature is only available on turned-in and graded assignments.

  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 assignmentand thenView assignment.
  3. On the left, click the student's name.
  4.  Click See history.
    See history

 

Switch between student work

To see another student’s work while grading, choose an option:

  • Click the Down arrow "" and choose a student name.
    Switch students

  • Click Back "" or Next "".
    Select student

Add feedback

If you enter the same comment for many students, you can save the comment to use later. The comment bank is tied to your Google Account, so you can access it from any computer. Students can see your feedback as comments after you return their work.

Add comments to student work
  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Select the passage that you want to comment on and click Add a comment "".
    Add a comment
  3. Enter your comment and click Comment.
Add and save comments to use later

You have 2 ways to add comments to the comment bank.

Add an existing comment to the comment bank

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. In the top-right corner of the comment box, click More ""and thenAdd to comment bank.
    Add to comment bank
  3. Make any edits and click Add.

Enter a comment directly into the comment bank

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. On the right, click Comment bank.
    Click Comment bank
  3. Click Add to bank and choose an option:
    • Enter a single comment—Enter your comment.
    • Enter multiple comments—Press Enter after each comment you write to put your comments in a list.
    • Enter a list of prepared comments—Paste your list. Your prepared list should have one comment per line.

    Click Search

  4. Click Add.

Note: See below for instructions on editing a comment in the comment bank.

Find and use a comment in the comment bank

There are multiple ways you can search for and use comments in the comment bank.

Use a hash to find comments

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Select the text and click Add comment "".
  3. In the comment box, choose an option:
    • Enter # to see the 5 most frequently used comments.
    • Enter # and then a keyword or phrase.
      You'll see suggestions as you enter text.
      Search
  4. Click the commentand thenComment.
    Click Comment

Search for and copy a comment

  1. Click Comment bank ""and thenSearch "".

    Click Search

  2. Enter a keyword or phrase.
  3. Point to the comment that you want to use and click More ""and thenCopy to clipboard.
  4. In the comment box, paste the comment.
  5. Make any changes to the comment and click Comment.
Edit a comment in the comment bank

You can edit a comment in the grading tool or on the web.

Edit a comment in student work

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Click Comment bank.
  3. Point to the comment that you want to edit and click More ""and thenEdit.

    Click Edit

  4. Enter your changes and click Save.

Edit a comment on the web

  1. Go to classroom.google.com/g/cm.
  2. Point to the comment that you want to edit and click  More ""and thenEdit.
  3. Enter your changes and click Save.
Copy a comment in the comment bank
  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Click Comment bank "".
  3. Point to the comment and click More ""and thenCopy to clipboard.
Delete a comment from the comment bank

Delete a comment in student work

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Click Comment bank "".
  3. Point to the commentand thenclick More ""and thenDelete
  4. Click Delete to confirm.

Delete a comment on the web

  1. Go to classroom.google.com/g/cm.
  2. Point to the commentand thenclick More ""and thenDelete
  3. Click Delete to confirm.
Add private comments

You can add private comments for a student. The student sees and responds to your comment when they open the returned assignment. If the student responds to your comment, you can read it and reply in the grading tool.

Important: Private comments can’t be edited or deleted after you post them.

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Click Grading "".
    Add private comment
  3. Under Private comments, click Add private commentand thenenter your comment.
  4. Click Post.
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