What Are the Most Effective Ways to Use the ‘Ask a Question’ Feature in Google Classroom?
Exit Tickets: Before learners leave a class, the educator can have them answer a question about the lesson. The learners can log into their accounts and the exit question can be ready to go on the Class Stream. Educators can provide a multiple-choice format to see if the learners can find the correct answer. Or a short response can be required to have learners show what they know in their own words.
Wait Time: Google Classroom shows the educator how many learners are done answering the question and how many have yet to answer. This helps the educator to pace themselves, know if more time is needed, and know when they can move on. Instead of wasting time asking the Class to raise their hand to show who is done, the educator can just quickly glance at their computer screen to gauge the room.
Share a Resource: The learners can share resources to validate their answers. By clicking on the “Add” button, students can add the website or image where they found their information to help cite their source. Great for when students need to prove their answers or provide examples to back up their claims.
Multiple choice and Polls: Google Classroom‘s multiple-choice question format allows you to poll the Class. This is helpful if, for example, you want to know what apps your learners are using for a specific project or the topic they’re interested in working on next. Instead of the timely old fashioned way of having students raise their hand and then creating a class tally, you can have them log in to Google Classroom and they can quickly choose their answer. If you want to provide anonymity, you can uncheck “Students can see class summary” (underneath “Topic”, right-hand corner) when designing the question.
Ask Learners to Ask a Question: Ask learners to come up with their own questions. This creates an environment of discussion and promotes peer learning. It also gives students a voice and encourages higher-order thinking.