It’s a Google World and I’m Just Teaching In It (Part 2)

Flubaroo_small_promo_440x280Building off of my last post about Google Forms, I want to introduce you to an add-on called Flubaroo which can turn your form into a self-graded quiz (yay for efficiency!).  The steps are very quick and simple, like most things in the Google universe, and is a great way to save some trees and implement technology in your classroom.

Here is a quick rundown of steps to follow when using Flubaroo (a more detailed demo video can be found here).

  1. Create your quiz using Google Forms (check out my Part 1 blog on Forms if you haven’t used them before).  I recommend that the first question, or questions, be some way to identify your students.  For example, use a text question for students to type their last name.
  2. Create an answer key by taking the quiz yourself and putting all correct answers.  Again, I recommend that you use the name “Answer Key” when taking the quiz so it is easy to identify among the other results.
  3. Have your students take the quiz.  You can easily share the form with them by emailing out a link or posting it on your website.
  4. Once all students have taken the quiz open the responses in Google Sheets.
  5. From the Add-ons menu at the top of the page select Flubaroo, then Grade Assignment.  The first time you use Flubaroo you will have to select Get add-ons from the Add-ons menu at the top of the page.
  6. Flubaroo will then walk you through a series of steps that allow you to customize the grading of your quiz, this is where you will want to select your answer key as the response that all others are graded off of.
  7. Flubaroo will then work through all of your responses and generate a new sheet at the bottom of the screen titled “Grades” which will look similar to this:

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And there you have it!  Quiz assigned and graded in a short amount of time using no paper!  A few tips from my experiences using Flubaroo:

  • Don’t include questions that require students to type an answer (beyond typing in their name or class period) because you will have to go through and grade each of those on your own.  If their typed responses doesn’t match your response on the answer key they will be marked as incorrect.
  • Be sure to select “Only allow one response per person” in the settings of your form, otherwise you will have students who submit their response then hit the back button to change their answers and resubmit and you will be stuck sorting through the responses to decide which grade should be recorded.
  • If you want to email the students their grades after Flubaroo has generated them be sure to include a question in the form that requires students to type in their email addresses, otherwise emailing is not an option.

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