I can recall a time when I took stacks of quizzes home to grade. Hundreds of papers. An answer key. A red ball point pen. I’d say aloud, “A, C, D, B, C, B, A,” etc. until I had the key memorized. (Some tests that I created, I made easier to grade by spelling words with the answer key (BAD DAD). Most of us who have been teaching a while have hand graded many tests. Then our schools got a scantron machine. It made our lives easier. Put the paper through the machine and voila! the test is graded. What could be better? I’m glad I asked. Paperless scantrons. That’s right. I’ve been using Google Documents to create and grade quizzes. I have used a few different forms created by other users. I’ve also created some on my own. It’s fairly easy.
Ten Reasons I like using Google Docs digital scantrons:
- No paper!
- Access from any device with an internet connection.
- Results are automatically graded and sorted.
- Results can be exported if you prefer to sort them in another program (i.e. Excel spreadsheet).
- Graphs and charts are automatically generated from the results.
- Forms can be their own web page or embedded into an existing web page.
- Your Google account is secure (unless someone figures out your log-in info).
- Docs can be easily shared with other teachers.
- It’s free!
Here’s a tutorial I created:
Another tutorial (by quiz-creator.com) can be found here: Making Online Quizzes with Google Docs
I hope Digital Scantrons make your life easier. Do you know of any other digital scantron equivalent to Google Docs?
I’ve used Edusoft’s Assessment Management System (Riverside Publishing) at two different school districts. I found it to be slow and cumbersome to navigate (not to mention, expensive for your district). That’s why I use prefer to use Google Docs over Edusoft. What do you think?