The 5 Interactive Question Types in Google Slides

There are 5 Interactive Slides or Question types.  They allow you to ask every student for their answers, opinions, ideas and creativity.  When you ask students a question through Pear Deck, every student answers on his or her own screen.  You can choose to display answers anonymously on the projector screen and you can see each individual answer on your Teacher Dashboard.

With every question type:

  1. You can put content on the main slide (which will show on the projector screen) and then
  2. Configure the way students will respond.

Content you can put on the main slide area:

  • Text 
  • List
  • Image
  • YouTube

5 Response Types

You have 5 options for how students can respond to your question.  They can respond with:

  1. A DraggableTM
  2. A drawing
  3. Text
  4. A number
  5. Multiple Choice

Let's take a look at each question type as they each have their own formatting options.  

DraggableTM

Set-Up

Students respond by dragging an icon on an image of your choice.  You can set up to 5 icons or lines for students to drag. (example - drag the map pins to the places listed.)

  1. Ask your question and put any images or instructions you want on the slide, including the image you want students to respond on.
  2. Choose the "Draggable™" option from the the Sidebar.
  3. Select the icons you want to use, adjusting their size and color accordingly.

 Answer Display

The anonymous aggregate view that you can share on the projector will display each student's icon (or line), overlaid on top of each other.  You can also display each student's answer individually in Grid View.

Overlay Grid View

With the Teacher Dashboard, you can see each individual's answer and select which icon you want to show on the projector.  In the example below, I've chosen to just see the Red Pins.

Drawing

Set-Up

Students respond by drawing on a canvas or background image (example - graph the line)

  1. Put your content on the slide, including the image or background you want students to draw on.
  2. Choose the "Draw" option from the the Sidebar.

Answer Display

The anonymous aggregate view that you can share on the projector has 3 choices.  You can show the answers individually and scroll through the list, you can overlay the answers, or you can display the answers as a grid. 

List View Overlay Grid View

Free Response: Text

Set-Up

Students respond by typing text (example - Which character in "To Kill a Mockingbird" does this quote belong to?)

  1. Put your content on the slide.
  2. Choose the "Text" option from the the Sidebar.

Answer Display

The anonymous aggregate view that you can share on the projector will show student answers like a thought feed.  You can display them in a list and scroll through it, or you can show answers like a grid.

List View Grid View
   

Free Response: Number

Students respond by typing a number (example - solve the following equation)

  1. Put your content on the main area.
  2. Choose the "Number" option from the the Sidebar.

Answer Display

You can display anonymous answers in 2 ways on the projector. One is a simple grid layout of the numbers students entered. The second is a Box and Whiskers Graph.  A line goes through the median answer and a grey box surrounds 1/2 of all answers - this way you can quickly see the range where the majority of the answers fall.  The thin black lines demarcate the high and low answers (unless there are some extreme extreme outliers.   You can zoom in on that range to ignore any of those super extremes that might make it hard to analyze the majority. 

Grid View

Box and Whisker

Multiple Choice

Set-Up

Students respond by selecting one of your predefined answers.  I like to encourage teachers to supply multiple defensible answers to spark discussion (example - Fill in the blank with the correct use of "comer").

  1. Put your content on the slide.
  2. Choose the "Choice" option from the the Sidebar.
  3. Type the different answer choices from which you want students to choose.

Answer Display

The anonymous aggregate view that you can share on the projector displays student responses as a tally. You can also display each answer choice individually in Grid View.

Tally Grid View

And there you have it.  That's a summary of the 5 types of questions you can ask students!

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