Using Flubaroo in the Classroom

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.

Flubaroo - Grading Made Easy

"Flubaroo - Grading Step 1"

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.

E-mail Students

"E-mail through Flubaroo"

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!

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15 Responses to Using Flubaroo in the Classroom

  1. Sarah C says:

    Riley, this is a really interesting way to approach grading and I’ve never heard of it before. I think it’s interesting to recommend that the teacher takes the test first to have an answer key already made and I especially like the feature that highlights a question if more than 60% of the students answer incorrectly. This program has a lot of potential and is definitely useful in the classroom for both teachers and students to track progress.

  2. Elizabeth L. says:

    Riley,
    This tool sounds like a great way to organize grading information for teachers. Like you said, the process by hand can be very tedious and I think it is a really easy way for teachers to make mistakes because of fatigue. Like Sarah said, one of the best features is the ability that the tool has to point out questions that more than 60% of the class answered incorrectly. This provides the teacher with effective feedback and gives them an idea of what to review before the next test and what concepts students are not understanding. What kind of response do you think parents will have to this tool? Like you said, the current system has been in place for years and I wonder if parents will be willing to make the change to a more technological approach.

  3. Hilary S. says:

    Riley, I thought this was an interesting post. I enjoyed learning about something that could make grading easier and quicker. Adding on to Elizabeth’s comment, I’d also be concerned about parents’ reactions to this grading approach. I could imagine some parents being concerned that there could be a glitch or that teachers might not catch certain gaps in students’ progress for specific comments. I think this could be a great tool for older students, for example in the middle school or high school level. I wonder if years from now students won’t be taking paper-exams! Thanks for sharing this tool, I enjoyed the video and found it informative. Flubaroo is definitely something to keep in mind.

  4. Holly G. says:

    I love the concept of this tool and believe it will be helpful in future grading. I especially like that it makes the teacher aware of questions a large portion of students missed, because it alerts teachers to potential misconceptions in learning or concepts not fully explained/understood in the classroom. Still, I wonder how useful it will actually be with its limitations. I’m not sure how helpful it will be for me, because I don’t know if I want to limit myself to just multiple choice/true-false questions on my assignments, which keeps the number of assignments I could use this tool on relatively low. Also, I’m wary of the necessity of computers. This could be good for a homework assignment, although I’m not sure how many of my students will have access to computers and internet and if allowing them to use a tool on the internet would encourage cheating. Also, while technology in the classroom is changing greatly, I still have yet to come across a secondary history classroom (my subject area) with enough computers for each student. The most I’ve seen in a history classroom is two or three, if even that. If technology gets to the point where it is readily available in all classrooms and to all students, I believe I can use this tool to my advantage since it is an easy and fair way to grade my future students.

    • B. Taylor says:

      Yes, times are changing. I can tell you about two of my former students who have taught high school history in North Carolina – one in Mooresville where every student and teacher has a Mac laptop and one at Franklin Academy where students and teachers have iPads. These are just two quick examples of what’s becoming a trend and why it may very well be a reality for you all when you begin teaching – at all grade levels. Holly’s point about limitation on types of questions is a good one, but if SOME of the questions are in easy-to-grade formats, hopefully tools like this can save time there to devote to grading essays by hand.

  5. Maddy R. says:

    Riley, your post is definitely very interesting. I had never heard about Flubaroo before and it seems like a very useful tool that can definitely make grading easier. One thing that I noticed, however, was that not every subject can use this. As a math teacher, I know that some questions have more than one answer, but the way in which the students arrive at those answer can vary drastically and that is where partial credit can come in. This problem can arise in other subject, too, like Social Studies and Language Arts. I feel as though Flubaroo is more of tool to be used for elementary and one-word/quick questions rather than deep, thought-invoking questions. I do think, however, this tool would definitely be very helpful in making teachers’ lives easier in grading in the types of questions that would be appropriate for this tool.

  6. Katie R. says:

    Riley, this post was very informative. I had never heard of Flubaroo and was curious as to what it was about. After reading what you wrote, I now understand that it is a tool to be used in order to shorten time taken out of a teacher’s busy day to help them grade tests, quizzes, and papers! It sounds like a great program and I will be interested to see how it changes the future of teaching or if more computer programs like this will come out.

  7. Anna H. says:

    Flubaroo sounds like it is a great tool to use to help with some of the more tedious aspects of grading. Like Sarah and Elizabeth mentioned, I especially like its ability to point out questions that result in consistant incorrect answers. Sometimes while grading they may stand out, but when you are grading each quiz by hand, it’s easy to overlook some patterns. The ability Flubaroo has to pull those out and bring them to your attention is a great tool. I also feel like technology is really exploding in the classroom nowadays, and it’s something that should at the very least be explored. Since so many classrooms now are seeing an increase in items such as laptops and tablets, taking tests and quizzes in this way is definitely possible. Like Professor Taylor mentioned, tools that help make the grading process of multiple choice and T/F questions easier allows for more time and attention to focus on essay questions.

  8. Emmie C. says:

    Riley, I thought your blog post was very informative and interesting to read. I had never heard of Flubaroo and I was really curious as to what its purpose was. This is a great way to make the grading process for teachers much easier, which is extremely beneficial to us as future teachers. The only technologic form of grading I had heard of before this was a scantron machine, but that only works for multiple choice tests. This is a great program that incorporates the grading of all types of tests, and even papers, something to make the teachers’ lives a little less hectic. I am curious to see how this type of technology will affect teaching and learning in the classroom.

  9. Rebecca S. says:

    My aunt, who is a second grade teacher, says that the paperwork she has to do is the most time consuming part of her job. Programs like Flubaroo would help reduce the amount of time teachers spend on grading, so that they can spend more time doing other things. I can imagine that it would be very easy to get overwhelmed with papers to grade and can definitely see how Flubaroo would help prevent that! I really like that it allows teachers to add comments and feedback, so it’s not always an impersonal computer-generated grade. The calculations and other assessments the program does with the results are very helpful to teachers and can save them a lot of time when evaluating the success of their assignments. This seems like it would be a great tool for any grade-level teacher to use!

  10. Kaitlin L. says:

    This was a really interesting feature to learn about. Things I liked: grading in under a minute, highlights questions with very low percentage or correct answers, creating distribution charts. However, there were some parts I still had questions about. As cool as this tool is, you can only use it for selected response quizzes, since aything with short answer would require a little bit of subjectivity. Also, I would be concerned that my students wouldn’t pay attention to the results email (I am an RA this year and getting college freshmen to read emails is like pulling teeth, I don’t want to think about high school students). I like this tool, but ultimately my perfectionist nature would just lead me to recheck all the answers anyway, so I personally will probably not use it (though kudos who can use it and find it helpful).

  11. Patrick C says:

    Riley, this seems like a very useful tool for teachers. I have never heard about it before this. Like it has already been pointed out I like how it highlights the questions that over 60% get wrong. Like Holly though I am not sure how useful it will be for me. While it would save time for multiple choice questions it does not help me with written responses. Being a future history teacher written responses will be something that I will have to grade. Professor Taylor does bring up a good point though that by grading at least some of the questions it will give me more time to grade written responses. Great post though!

  12. Erin M. says:

    I think this is a great resource for teachers to use. I tutor at Elon Elementary and the teachers are constantly grading work even during their short lunch breaks. I have offered to help and have been directed to a massive pile of students’ work that needs to be corrected. I think Flubaroo would be a perfect solution to this problem, especially with the constant arguments many teachers hold on their salaries not being sufficient for the extra hours they spend after school grading. Like Hillary said, it’s strange to think that we are really already this technologically advanced that in the future we might not even be giving paper tests, but it is a reality. I think most teachers, and even young aspiring teachers like us might be intimidated or too stubborn to make this transition, because the concept at first seems complicated and unreliable. However, if each person was given the step by step guidance like you gave us, I’m sure people would be more inclined to have this as their main grading tool. Greattt job!

  13. Emily D says:

    I love the idea of an online tool that helps with grading. It is so exciting that we have all of these resources at our fingertips, and I think Flubaroo is one that the benefits are very concrete and apparent. Using a tool like this may be different than what has been used in the past, but the whole point of technology is to supplement our lives in order to make them more efficient and easier. The fact that you can share the grades with your students and include messages is something that makes communication with students easier and also can be more private. In class it is difficult to communicate things privately, but using Flubaroo can make it easier to have discussions about specific grades. I love the idea of using this resource!

  14. Anna K. says:

    This tool seems like a great way for teaches to stay organized and on top of their grading. It will give teachers more time to themselves and let them get out of the constant grading that they are always doing. This could be helpful for quizzes that are mainly multiple choice, but I am not sure how helpful it would be with tests, which would have more writing. I also agree with Emily in that it would make it much easier to have private conversations about grades with students without having to pull them aside in class and create a reason for other students to ask why they were spoken to. Overall this seem like a great and helpful tool, great job Riley!

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