Monday, 3 March 2014

Google Drive for Assessment and Feedback

Creating assessments

Creating your assessments in Google documents is easy and provides a few benefits for sharing. Here is one a created earlier. It is view only, but feel free to make a copy just like my students did. Click here for the instructions I gave to my class.


Every teacher can contribute to the assessment if you share the document with your faculty. You can allocate a question topic per teacher and they can all pile into the document at the same time or at their convenience. 

If you want all the assessments to have the same format you can create a template document that is the starting point for all assessments. By following the link (only if you teach at my school) it will take you to the template page where you can add any of your existing Google Documents as a template that staff and students can access when creating a document.

Equations and Images

Google documents have an equation editor if you're adding formulae or equations.
Add an image using the research tool, which inserts images with a footnote reference.


A drawing can be inserted into a document, which is a good way to create diagrams. For more detailed diagrams there are a number of apps that can link to your Google Drive to create mind-maps, Venn diagrams and flowcharts if required. 

The image on the left shows how to find the apps that are already available for staff and students at Glyn

Self Evaluation

In order to allow students to review their assessments once they have been marked, a Google document can be created and shared with the class to "view only". It will provide them with a format to review their assessment and identify areas for improvement. The advantage of this over a paper copy is that you can include links to support and extension material and they cannot lose it when they show their parents.


Feedback to the students' review can be given via the comment function in Google documents. This provides the potential for a dialogue between the student and the teacher. By reviewing the revision history of the document the teacher can see how long a student spent reviewing their assessment and whether they have been into the document again to act upon your feedback.

Follow up

By providing links to support material or adding links in your comments you can require the students to do something about the gaps in their knowledge. The students can respond to comments letting the teacher know whether the support material helped and if such things concern you it provides outstanding level marking and feedback.
Don't forget that you can view the revision history t see who has made any edits to the document, this gives you a clear idea of the time and effort a student has taken when responding to your feedback.


Mr B Rouse

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