How to Embed Google Presentations into Schoology Assessments and Make Any Test More Engaging

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Amber Paynter

District Instructional Technology & Learning Coach for Cherry Creek Schools

How to Embed Google Presentations into Schoology Assessments and Make Any Test More Engaging

Posted in Pro Tips | May 19, 2014

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, and 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 and 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:

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.

Click around. This presentation is totally interactive!

 If you answered that the Falling Rock Tap House would be the place to go, then 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 the steps in the slide presentation below to create your Google presentation, publish it, grab the embed code, and paste it into Schoology.

Now, with Schoology's Google Drive app, you can simply embed your Google Presentation without ever grabbing the embed code! Learn more about embedding third-party resources here.

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,  and 5 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.

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Now you are fully equipped to create super engaging assessments that leverage multiple sources and media types. Considering how you can embed third-party media into any Schoology content with a Rich Text Editor (e.g., tests, quizzes, pages, assignments), the possibilities are endless!

Do you have any tips for improving online assessment?


Originally posted on the blog CCSD Tech Tips


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