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How to Support Students with Open Response Questions

To support students with answering open response questions, it is important to model and provide students with clear guidance on how to respond.


When students get to an open response question, they will see 3 buttons: Insert image, capture image and draw.


Below you will find some common types of open response problems and how to guide students in responding using these options. 


Problem Type: Draw and Label 

Example problem: Draw and label a circle, with radius, diameter, and circumference


Option 1: Using ASSISTments draw tool. Students can draw a circle and label using the text feature. 


Option 2: Drawing the image on a piece of paper and use the ASSISTments capture image tool to take a picture directly from their camera


Problem Type: Draw Using an Image:

Example problem:

Option 1: Take a screenshot of the image and use Jamboard to draw on the image. Take another screenshot of the work in Jamboard and insert the new screenshot using the insert image tool.


Option 2: Send home a printed copy of the assignment. Students complete the assignment on paper and insert a photo of their work using the capture image tool. 



Problem Type: Write an Equation/Expression

Example problem:

Option 1: Use the WIRIS editor  tool in ASSISTments to write the equation/expression.


Option 2: Use the ASSISTments draw tool to write the equation.


Problem Type: Explain your thinking 

Option 1: Type out written response/explanation in the open response box


Option 2: Use Vocaroo to have students record their answer and link the URL into the open response box. Here’s a video walkthrough using Vocaroo.


Problem Type: Create a Table

Example problem:


Option 1: Press the

button in the open response and select the number of rows and columns you want in the table. Then type in your answers along with the given numbers. You can use the WIRIS editor

tool for typing fractions as well as the font color

tool to distinguish your answers from given numbers.  


Option 2: Create a table using the draw tool and write or type in your answers. 


Problem Type: Create a Graph

Example problem: Graph and label coordinates pairs


Option 1:  Send home a printed copy of the assignment. Students complete the assignment on paper and insert a photo of their work using the capture image tool. 


Option 2: Use Jamboard. Students can choose their background as graph paper and create their graph using Jamboard and share the URL in the open response box. 



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