Educators can create formatives from scratch or grab pre-made content from the Formative library. In this article we will focus on the creation of new formatives, covering:

Adding a title and instructions

When creating a new formative, start by giving it a title. You can then click the carrot symbol to the right of the title to add general instructions to your formative. Clicking the plus sign next to the instructions bar will allow you to add content items to your instructions.

The body of a formative can include various content and question types, including enhanced uploaded content. Partner users also have the ability to divide their formative into sections. Adding any of these items to a formative begin by clicking the big blue + button.

Adding Questions

After clicking the blue plus button you can choose any of the available options under "Question types".

Note: The question types available to free account holders are: Free Response, Multiple Choice, Multiple Selection, Short Answer, Show your Work, and True Or False.

All other question types are part of the extended features set available to Partner schools and districts.

You can add a question anywhere in the formative, even after you've already created others. The "+" button is located before, after and in between each question.

File Upload to questions

File uploads of less than 100 MB are now supported in all question types. Add any file type for students to download by clicking the plus button at the far right of your question's text bar, and choosing "File". Students can also add a file upload to Free Response questions.

Adding a Question From A Formative Previously Created or From the Library

Start by clicking the big blue + button and then "Search existing items" under "Library Items".

To add question from one of your existing Formatives:

  1. In the window that opens on the right side of your screen select the "My Formatives" tab

  2. Search within your Formatives to find a question to add! Then click the "+Add" button to the right of the question:

You can then merge the questions from a second formative, one by one!

To grab a question from our library:

  1. In the window that opens to the right of your screen select the "Library" tab

  2. Search within the library to find a question to add! Then click the "+Add" button to the right of the question:

You can edit and duplicate your grabbed questions as much as you like!

Library items will now show the Standard tagged by the author along with a brief description upon hovering. This will be helpful when selecting the appropriate item to assign. You can choose to Add or Dismiss the standard in your own use of the formative.

Adding Content Items

After clicking the blue plus button, you can choose any of the available options under "Content types".

Note: Free account holders can choose the content types Embed, Image, Text, Video, and Whiteboard. The Audio content type is available only to schools and districts with a Partner plan.

You can add content between other things on your formative. Simply click on the + icon in between questions or content you've already created and select from the menu that appears:

NOTE: If a attempting to upload an unsafe file extension (ie .exe files) or other non-supported files, a "That file is not supported" notification will appear

Enhance an Uploaded PDF/Doc/Image/Google Doc

You can upload PDFs, Word Docs, Google Docs, images, slides, and more - from your files or from Google Drive!

To start, click on the "+" icon and choose "Enhance a PDF/Doc/Image/GoogleDoc" under "Upload Your Own Content".

  1. Select "Upload Picture, Upload Document or Pick from Google Drive" and choose the document you want to transform into a formative. You could even take a photograph using the "Take a Photo" option, and transform that!

To add questions, simply click anywhere on the PDF/Doc/Image/Google Doc where you would like your question to be. The questions will then appear on the right side, where you can tag standards, set an answer key for auto-grading and set the point value.

To remove a question, click the 3 dots next to it and choose "delete"

Questions can also be moved around. You have the ability to switch the order of questions within the "Enhance" question type, or to move them out from the question type to be stand alone questions on the general formative. In a similar manner you can also move a stand alone question on the general formative into the "Enhance" question type.

To move a question to another location within the Enhance question type or outside of it:

  1. Click the 3 dots on the left side corner and choose "move"

  2. A blue frame will appear around the question chosen to be moved

  3. Click the "Move item here" button in the location to which you would like to move the question.

To move a stand alone question into an Enhance question type:

  1. Click the 3 dots on the left side corner and choose "move"

  2. Click anywhere on the PDF/Doc/Image/Google Doc where you would like your question to be

  3. The question will then appear on the right side

Note: The scroll bar is separate for both the document and the questions so that students can always reference the document while they answer questions. Also, you can pick up and drag the question numbers if you choose to move them!


FAQ and troubleshooting tips

  • When I try to upload, nothing happens.

If you are uploading a Google Doc, then you may be trying to upload from a Shared Drive that we do not have access to. Try downloading the Doc to your device, then re-uploading it.

Another possible reason for this is if you are trying to upload a file that is larger than your upload limit, or a file in an unsupported format. (Note: TextEdit files are often labelled as PDFs in Google Drive.) Try checking the file size, then try downloading the file and exporting or printing to PDF, and then upload it again.

NOTE: If a attempting to upload an unsafe file extension (ie .exe files) or other non-supported files, a "That file is not supported" notification will appear

Reorder Items Within a Formative

There are two options to re-order questions and content items inside a formative:

1. Click on the ellipsis at the top left of the question, select the "Move item here" button to move the question

2. Click on the three dots to the right hand side of your question (next to the point value) and select "Move". The "Move item here" button will appear, click on the bar to move your question.

Delete and Restore Items

To delete a question:

Click the 3 dots located on the the right-hand corner of a question or a content item and choose "delete":

Select "Remove Formative Item":

Removed a question accidentally?

To restore a question:

  1. Click the 3 dots at the top right hand corner of your screen

  2. Choose "Restore Deleted Items"

  3. Scroll down to select the question you would like restored

  4. Select "Restore" and your question(s) will re-appear as the last question on your formative!

Preview a Formative as a Student

You can use the Preview button to view & interact with your formatives from a student's perspective!

While in Preview, you can see how your formative will appear to students on various devices by selecting the desired preview device icon - phone, tablet, or computer screen!

You can also click the "pop out" icon to open the Preview in a new tab. This will update every second as you build your formative, so you can quickly click between the two tabs to check how your formative will appear to your students:

You can even answer the questions while in Preview, and click on "View Responses" to see how your answers would be auto-graded!

Note: Responses you give while in Preview will not be included in your Tracker, unless you hit "submit". Once submitted, your responses will be included in your Tracker under "Teacher Preview".

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