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Free Response on Google Slides

Free Response Google Slides

For Free Response Feedback Try Google Slides

I am a fan of self-grading. Digital tools that provide students with IMMEDIATE feedback. It’s better for the students and it’s better for me to not spend my time marking things right and wrong. I suggest putting free response questions SEPARATE from the multiple choice so that students get their score immediately on the multiple choice portion without having to wait for teacher review. Most quiz tools for free response can make feedback tricky. How do the students find the feedback and how do they respond to it?

Google Apps

There are many good choices for free response submission using Google Apps. My personal favorite is to make a Google Classroom assignment and ask students to respond in the Private Comments. Private Comments are more than a comment, they are a conversation. In trying to help develop students understanding feedback needs to be specific and actionable. In Private Comments, the students can respond and revise their answer based on teacher feedback.
Answer about the magna carta in the private comments

Google Slides

Google Slides are great because they are basically a blank canvas. Students can add a text box to respond to a question or they can add pictures or shapes to the slide to model concepts.
Create a Google Slides

Google Classroom users can ask students to use the “Create” button right in Google Classroom to create a Google Slides and have it automatically shared with the teacher.
Create blank google slides

Non Google Classroom users can have students go to slides.google.com/create and share with the teacher.

Feedback in Slides

Comments left in Google Slides can be responded to by the student. Note: Google Classroom users, if a student TURNS IN a document they become viewers of the document and can NOT see the feedback comments. It is important that you RETURN the work to the student first so they can see your feedback. Asking students to revise their answer, they can easily add additional slides to show their additional work.
teacher feedback in Google Slides

An added bonus to using Google Slides for free response questions is you can drag your Bitmoji onto the slides for feedback!

Link to Slide

Each slide has a unique URL. If you are looking at slide 2 and the student needs to revise things on that slide, copy the URL and paste it into student comments to direct the student back to the exact slide they need to update.
Link to a specific slide in student work

Free Response with Feedback Template


Instead of having students create blank slides to respond to free response prompts, you can provide them a template that has the questions or graphic organizer already included. The sample template has a text box for the question, a text box for the student to respond and a text box for teacher feedback. Suggestion to use the File menu to choose “Email collaborators” after giving the student feedback to alert them to the Slides document.

Send Feedback Add-on

If you have students fill out free response on a Google Form and their responses go to a Google Sheets spreadsheet, you can use my “Send Feedback” Add-on for Sheets to send feedback. In the Google Form make sure you have defaulted to “Require email address.” This should put the email addresses in column B. If the email address column is not column B, drag it over. Click on the cell of a student’s free response and use the Add-on menu to “Send feedback.” This will pop up a box that allows you to type your feedback response and send an email with the feedback to the student. I am still beta testing this Add-on, if you would like to try it out join the group!

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