Another Way to Reduce Paperwork, Simplify Your Grading, and Integrate Technology in the Classroom: Quizzes Using Adobe’s “FormsCentral”

Posted: March 24, 2012 in link, post
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During the past several years you’ve no doubt heard somebody mention Google Docs and the ability to create online quizzes. If you’re an “early adopter” or relatively tech savvy, maybe you’ve even tried your hand at creating a Google Docs quiz online. Maybe you’re not there yet either, and that’s OK. But, sooner or later, you may want to try creating an online quiz, and there are several great reasons to consider it:

  1. You’ll save a few trees.
  2. You won’t have to worry about your cat eating someone’s paper…OK, maybe I’m the only teacher who’s had that problem, but stranger things have happened!
  3. It saves the burden of toting papers to and fro.
  4. Students can access the quiz on their own time if they’ve missed it during class.

I’m sure you can think of many other advantages and reasons to try online quizzes.

I encourage you to try out Google Docs and the Flubaroo app that makes grading objective assessments a snap, but Google isn’t the only game in town when it comes to creating free online assessments: I’m sure you’ve heard of Adobe. Adobe has some great (and free) online tools for comunication and collaboration. One of those free to use tools is Adobe’s “FormsCentral.” Forms Central has a variety of templates for a variety of purposes, just like Google Docs. It’s pretty simple to use, and all you need to do is create a free account at to get started. Before you sign up, why don’t you click my link and check out my sample quiz. Then try your hand at creating your own.

Again, sooner or later you’ll doubtless want to try online quizzes. When you do, remember that Google is one option, but it’s not the only option you have.

Update: 3/26/12: Since posting this, I have learned that Adobe FormsCentral allows the user only *one* free quiz with only fifty responses. If your school or district happens to be an Adobe subscriber, you may be in luck; however, for the rest of us, it’s not a great deal. That said, there are any number of free apps and services in addition to Google Docs that will allow you to create quizzes. One app that I like is called Socrative Teacher and essentially replaces the “clicker” systems with smart phones of either the Android or the iPhone type. If you search “create free online quizzes” you will receive a number of hits. I can’t comment as to what sites are the best for creating quizzes without having tried a number of them, so if you have experience with any sites, comments would be greatly appreciated!

Update II: March 27, 2012: One of the fun things about writing on a new topic is updating. After making the discovery that Adobes Forms Central might not be as good a fit for teachers as I had initially thought, I did some further investigation of Google Docs where I found a couple of great blog posts demonstrating how you can create your own “self-grading quiz” using google forms. I won’t go into detail on that here since some other bloggers have already done an exceptional job of covering the requisite skills. (I’ll include links, don’t worry!) It does require a bit more tech-savvy than using a pre-made script like Flubaroo, but one of the bloggers describes what you need to do step-by-step.

First, here’s the Sample Quiz I made. You won’t see the auto-grade elements, but you’ll get a taste of the variety of questions that may be asked and graded. Next, here are the links I mentioned regarding how you can create your own self-grading quiz:

This first blog provides a step-by-step tutorial. From “Planet of the” —Google Forms: how to create a quiz or a test that automatically grades itself in Google Docs.

Here’s a jing video for those who would like visual guidance: Self-grading quiz visual guidance.

I hope these are helpful to you. Let me know!


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