Grading papers for a teacher is a process that goes on until the last day they ever teach. It is a tedious process which almost all teachers use to check their students progress and develop grades. It is an image burned in every student’s head from childhood, getting back a paper with red markings all over it. It is a tedious process for teachers which hopefully now will begin to change. Flubaroo may just be the technology to switch up how teachers grade their papers forever. Richard Bryne discussed in this important topic in his August 2011 blog titled Flubaroo – A Handy Tool for Grading Quizzes.
Flubaroo incorporates Google forums in its process for grading assignments. The questions on the quizzes and tests are made in Google forms which can be found by clicking ” Create new” from the drop down menu and selecting “Form” in Google Docs. Forms are a wonderful tool which can be used in the classroom. For more about Google Forms the link in Lynda can be very helpful, it is titled Google Doc’s Essential Training .
Once a quiz or test has been completed it will simultaneously insert itself into an associated spreadsheet. Flubaroo must be installed through the Google script gallery in order to do this you must install the program through Flubaroo’s Home Page. Also, if you want to find out even more information of Google Forms you can search it in Google Help.
After installing Flubaroo it will appear on the same line as File, Edit and other options that are available to change the document. Once the quiz has been inserted you simply just need to click Flubaroo on the bar and in the drop down menu click “Grade Assignment”.
Once “Grade Assignment” is clicked, a box will appear titled “Flubaroo – Grading Step 1”. The box has a grading option drop down menu next to each question. You will need to select a grading option for each question. Now, Flubaroo will try to select the best option it believes fits. If you feel that the option needs to change, you can simply click the option and choose from a drop down menu. You can choose from the grading scale option which involves numbers, skip grading or identifies the student. See picture to the right for visual. After you choose all the options you want click continue.
The next thing to pop up on your screen is a menu titled Flubaroo – Step 2. The menu screen displays all the submissions, with each test takers name, the date and time. Flubaroo does this because they want you to choose one test or quiz to be used as the answer key. It is a smart idea for the teacher to take the test on their own so they can use their responses as the answer sheet. After selecting your own test to be used for the answer key, by clicking the button next to your name, click continue.
Once the quizzes are graded, a box will appear saying quizzes graded, click continue to see the results. An adjacent worksheet will be created titled Grades. The worksheet includes the average score, the grades for each submission, total score in both number and percent, the number of times each student made a submission and the score for each individual’s question. The very last row shows a percent of students who got the answer correct. If the students as a group get less than 60 percent correct the questions are highlighted in orange. Flubaroo has even more to offer then simply grading. It allows you to generate a report. One can do this by clicking “View Report” on the Flubaroo wording next to “Help” and on the same line as “File” and “Edit”. It shows the distribution of grades. You can choose to e-mail the report to yourself by clicking the “Email Me Report” button. This could be helpful to show the students and remind yourself how the student’s are progressing in relation to past assignments.
If you wish to send the students their own grades you can do so by clicking “Flubaroo” and selecting “Email Grades”. If you feel like adding a personal message to your students you may type one in the text box. This will be helpful because it gives the results of quizzes and tests out quicker than doing it by hand. It also allows the students to see their results in a new technologically advanced way and get their own personalized message.
A video that was very helpful in learning more about Flubaroo is titled Flubaroo – Grading Made Easy. I hope you will watch the video and learn as much as I did.
So what have we learned from all of this? The process of grading tests and quizzes are moving with Flubaroo in a new and exciting direction. How long will it last though and are people ready to change the way they have doing things for hundreds of years? Will grading papers this new way really make a huge difference? Who knows, but in the end it may just make grading papers go by a little bit quicker!