As we start back to school, here are five approaches that can provide timely and effective feedback whilst potentially reducing marking workload (and using far less paper!)

1. Low Stakes Quizzing

Testing works. Research has demonstrated that taking a test on studied material promotes remembering that material on a final test, a phenomenon called the testing effect.

The two most popular apps at Sandringham to facilitate quick, low stakes, starter/plenary style quizzes are Kahoot and Quizziz. They both have their place: Kahoot for a competitive, high-energy approach with a vast array of pre-built tests to save time and Quizziz for a more individual, quieter but possibly more instructive approach. @ictevangelist has a good discourse on their relative strengths here.

Get started with Kahoot here and with Quizziz here

2. Use Google Classroom to manage assignments

Google Classroom is an easy-to-use approach to managing assignments and workflow online. A group or individual assignment can be created with a deadline set, template documents created for each student if desired, students hand in their work which you can then grade online and give personalised feedback, with an opportunity for students to ReACT and respond to your feedback.

If you have been using Classroom before, see this link for some new features that Google have added to Classroom for September 2017:

If you are brand new to Classroom, see this guide to get started:

3. Use Google Forms for self-marking baseline or end of unit tests

Google Forms now has the ability to self-mark (making this much easier than my previous recommendation of using Flubaroo to mark tests.). You control when results are released to students, allowing you to adjust the scores if needed. It is also nicely integrated into Google Classroom with the ability to view grades and provide further feedback. This can be a massive timesaver! See here for how to do it:

4. Sometimes you just can’t beat a worksheet or past paper!

And sometimes the best way is to simply print it and get the students to complete in the traditional way. However, being able to share a PDF worksheet on Google Classroom and have students be able to annotate it and submit it does have certain workflow advantages. We have recently added the tool Kami to our GSuite for Education and it is nicely integrated with Google Classroom for students to be able to complete a worksheet or past paper online and save the result back to Google Drive/Classroom

5. And for the power users – rubrics with Classroom, Doctopus and Goobric

If you want to provide a higher level of detail in your feedback by using a set of assessment criteria, descriptors or a rubric, the combination of Google Classroom, Doctopus and Goobric can provide a clear assessment of student learning against the objectives.

See the link below for full details on how this works:


Using Google Classroom, Doctopus and Goobric for the Ultimate Workflow