Do you have a wonderful Google Slides activity for your students, but are not sure how to grade it? I’ve been asked about how Google Slides are graded, so I figured others had the same question. Here are some tips to make grading Google Slides easy.
Why Use Google Slides?
Google Slides are not self-grading, so why use them? Personally, I love assigning digital activities in Google Slides! When working in edit mode, Google Slides allows students to manipulate moveable pieces. This opens up so many possibilities and makes Google Slides a wonderful worksheet alternative. You can read more about using Google Slides with your students this post. If you don’t have time to make your own Google Slides activities, you can find some in my TpT store.
Tips for Grading Google Slides
Google Slides offers many benefits for teachers, but it requires you to grade the activities yourself. There are other methods for grading that might work better, but this is the process I use in my classroom.
Scan the Thumbnails
Instead of clicking on every slide in a student’s assignment, I preview the slide thumbnails on the left when possible.
Another way to scan multiple slides at once is to view the activity in grid view. This saves me a lot of time! If I can tell that an answer is wrong, then I will click on the slide to get a closer look.
Mark Incorrect Answers
There are different ways to let a student know that an answer is incorrect. I usually draw a “X” with the shape tool somewhere on the slide. After drawing the “X”, I copy it to my clipboard to use later if I need it.
If you want to leave a comment on a slide, there are several ways to do so. You can click on the comment button and type your comment in the window that opens. Google makes it easy for teachers and students to comment back and forth through the comment pane.
If you don’t expect a response from your student, you could also type your comment in the speakers notes pane. A third method would be to create a textbox on the slide and add the comment there. Whichever method you use, make sure your students know what to expect.
Save Time Writing Comments
Chances are you write the same comments over and over when you are grading papers. Did you know that you can copy and paste your most used comments using Google Keep? I love this feature! To get started, click on the yellow Google Keep icon on the right side of the screen.
When the Google Keep app opens, you can click on the plus sign to create a new note or navigate to a note you have already created.
Once you have comments inside of Google Keep, all you do is copy and paste back and forth from Keep to Slides. Thank you Google for including such a helpful feature!
Even though Google Slides activities are not auto-grading, they are quite easy to grade. Google has added features such as grid view, comments pane, and Google Keep that make the grading process simple. Now you can have your students benefit from the interactive features of Google Slides and take grades.