Ultimate Guide to tools that provide scoring and importing to Google Classroom

I mostly use these for my openers and alternate between the green tools on the list above. They provide an active way for students to participate during live virtual classes and the option to reattempt or complete them later. All the green tools provide automatic scoring of assignments and grade transfer into Google Classroom. The red tools do not import scores automatically to Google Classroom. If you have a favorite tool that integrates well with Google Classroom or can update us about a red tool, please share it with us at contact@sharingtree.net.

The Tools: Short how-to’s for each green tool

  1. Google Forms
  2. Form Presenter
  3. Edpuzzle
  4. Quizizz

Lastly, a few tips to help you keep your sanity in 2021

a) Limit manually graded assignment to 1-2 per week.  I highly recommend using the “Each student will get a copy” and + Rubric options for manually graded assignments.

Assignment options in Google Classroom

b) Using the Google Classroom grader and sorting assignments by “Status” is really helpful for assignments you manually grade. 

Google Classroom grader with sorting by Status

Two additional tips for secondary teachers

c) For secondary teachers with multiple identical sections, you can merge all your sections into one Google Classroom.  In a virtual learning environment having everyone in one Google Classroom can be more efficient for grading.  The disadvantage is that it is harder to see who has completed an assignment during a live session in a particular period.

d) Use a virtual meeting software that supports private chats with the presenter or establish a private communication method with students. Google Meet and Zoom both have their pros and cons, but only Zoom allows private messages to the presenter/host. You can also use another messaging service like Google Chat or Remind to facilitate private conversations during a live session or try adding comments to a shared Google Doc if your meeting software does not support private messaging. 

Zoom provides a number of options for chat and if you do allow private messages between students you can get a transcript if you record the meeting.    

If you are not seeing all these options you can enable them in your Zoom profile.

Zoom chat options

If you have other tips for how you facilitate participation and communication with students during a virtual session, please share them with us at contact@sharingtree.net.

Edpuzzle – Automatic Scoring and Importing to Google Classroom

Edpuzzle allows you to add questions to any video like those on Youtube. It also allows you to monitor student progress and import scores directly into Google Classroom. They have a searchable content library and the process to edit videos and questions is straightforward.

I use Edpuzzle for short (under 5 minutes) introductions to new topics before a lesson, but it has tons of other uses. The only feature I’m hoping they add soon is the ability to allow retakes automatically. See my tips below for how to reset a student’s progress manually.  

Edpuzzle gives these three steps to start using the service.  

  1. Find a video on YouTube, upload your own or re-use a video lesson created by another teacher.
  2. Then, edit the video to create your lesson. Record your voice to personalize it, and hold your students accountable by embedding questions in the video.
  3. Assign the video to your students and check their progress in real-time while they learn at their own pace.

They also offer a Level 1 beginner’s course divided into the three modules shown below.  To access these, you will need to create a separate student account and then join using the following class codes below.

 Module 1: hiviewu    (Setting up your Class and Linking to Google Classroom)

Module 2: avnucze​  (Assigning videos)

Module 3: vihibij​  (Grading and Data Analysis)

I also made three short videos to get you started with a bit more of a focus on how Edpuzzle integrates with Google Classroom.  These videos can be fast-forwarded, and I do not require you to answer any questions 🙂

1- Edpuzzle – Linking a Google Classroom (1 minute)

2 – Edpuzzle – Editing and Assigning to a Google Class (4 minutes)

3 – Edpuzzle – Viewing a Live Assignment (3 minutes)

Three additional tips

1) To manually reset student progress, use the three dots option on the Students page for the assignment. The good news is the new score is automatically pushed into Google Classroom, replacing the old score. 

Manually resetting progress on an Edpuzzle assignment for a student

2) Sometimes I find a video on Youtube I want to use, but I can not find a version already in Edpuzzle.  In this case, try the Edpuzzle chrome extension to add the video to your Edpuzzle account by clicking Edit with edpuzzle as shown below.

Using Edpuzzle Chrome Extension to import Youtube video

This will drop you into the video editing option.  Just click finish.

Then it will show you all other variations of that video in Edpuzzle, and you can pick one to use.  Remember to delete the version you imported.

Viewing other Edpuzzle version of Youtube video

3) You can not edit or change a video or questions once it is assigned. 

If you have other tips for how you use Edpuzzle with your students, please share them with us at contact@sharingtree.net.

And don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide below.

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