Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Online Assessments: Embedding Google Presentations into Schoology

*This post originally appeared in the CCSD Tech Tips Blog and has been adapted for non-district readers.

Here in Colorado, April marked the beginning of online testing (our statewide tests were given electronically in science & social studies for grades 4, 5, 7, & 8). One question we got asked in the Office of Instructional Technology was how we could create assessments in Schoology that were not only engaging but that also reflected the kind of questions that students would see on our state tests & PARCC. For us, that meant embedding external content into a question to mimic the structure seen below.
example of a question on the Colorado Measure of Academic Success in Social Studies
Regardless of whether or not your students will be taking SBAC or PARCC assessments, this format provides the opportunity for students to analyze and connect multiple sources. Teachers can gather images, maps, primary sources, graphs, reading excerpts, Thinking Maps, tables, political cartoons, quotes, etc. and add them as separate sources connected to a common theme.  

Here is an example of a question with multiple sources (notice the embedded Google Presentation):

You and your friends are getting together to go to a Rockies game. Sadly, one of your friends has an injured leg. Using sources 1 and 4 determine where you would go for pregame activities that would minimize the walk to the stadium.

  (If you answered the Falling Rock Tap House would be the place to go, you are correct!)

Want to know how to create this type of question in Schoology? Here’s how it can be done in 7 steps.  Follow these steps to create the presentation, publish and grab the embed code and paste it into Schoology.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Teachers can ask several questions based on one Google Presentation with multiple sources.
  2. Teachers can create and embed their own Google presentation. It does not have to have sources on the top. However, we created templates for 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 sources.
  3. If you're using a Chromebook or a machine with a smaller screen, make sure you change the size of your presentation to so it fits. (We like 760 x 456.)
  4. You can embed YouTube videos and Google Maps into Google Presentations as well.

Happy embedding!