Now that Google Forms has Google Quizzes, do you really need the Flubaroo Add On? While the new Google Quizzes features auto grading, Flubaroo has some great advanced grading features.
I went to ISTE 2016 with the goal of using Google Forms more effectively. Little did I know that Google would announce their new Google Quizzes features for Google Forms. I had the opportunity to watch a presentation by Molly Mackinlay, the product manager of Google Forms, and Dave Abouav, the creator of Fluberoo. Well, actually, I went to the presentation twice. I’m a bit of a nerd who was frantically taking notes the first time and it was great to just sit and take it in the second time.
Why am I still grading things by hand? While I may not be 1:1, my school has chrome books I could be checking out more often. Think of all the paper I’ll save if I start giving quizzes that will auto grade online.
I recently blogged about how Google Forms has a new Quizzes feature that will auto grade for you. Check out that blog post here:
What is Flubaroo?
Flubaroo is a free Add On to Google Sheets.
If Flubaroo doesn’t show on your front page when you choose Get Add Ons, just type it into the search bar.
Getting Started with Flubaroo
Submit Answer Key
If you are like me, the first thing you do when you create a quiz on Google Forms is test it out. I simply copy the link into a new browser window.
I fill out the form once correctly. This can later become my answer key.
If you want to just play with Flubaroo the first time, fill out your form a couple of times because it will need a few responses to grade.
Open as a Spreadsheet
Flubaroo is a Spreadsheet Add On so you’ll want to click the green icon to create a spreadsheet for your form.
Both Flubaroo and Google Quizzes can grade your multiple choice, dropdown, and checkbox questions.
Quizzes will show you correct answers and info in the response tab.
Flubaroo will give you a detailed spreadsheet with additional info.
In the spreadsheet, go to the Add On Drop down menu to Enable Flubaroo and to Grade the Assignment.
Flubaroo will prompt you to choose how you want to grade assignments.
You will also be prompted to choose your Answer Key. (That is why I suggested earlier, answering the questions correctly yourself).
Now you may be wondering at this point, why would I do all this now that Google added the Quizzes feature. We are getting there.
When Flubaroo is done grading, it will create a handy dandy spreadsheet with all the info. Notice the top left corner has a summary.
I had a couple of questions that needed to be graded by hand. Right now it looks like the highest score is 40%. Fortunately, as I use Flubaroo’s Grade by Hand feature, those scores will be automatically updated.
Items like Short Answer and Paragraph sometimes contain info you want to grade yourself.
Flubaroo will allow you to open a window to hand grade questions.
Once open, you can click through quickly and easily providing grades. You can even add comments that Flubaroo can email to your students for you with their grades.
More to Explore
If you like the idea of a detailed spreadsheet and the ability to hand grade assignments, Flubaroo may be for you. I find it especially helpful when it comes to Language Arts. There are many other advanced features you can play with including: Multiple Correct Answers, Numerical Ranges, Case Sensitive Answers, Extra Credit, Partial Credit, and New Spreadsheet Formulas.
At the end of his presentation, Dave Abouav mentioned that badges and certificates will be coming to Flubaroo soon. I’m so excited about that!
Google Basics Tutorial
If you find my tutorial style of using gifs helpful, take a look at my Introduction to Basic Computer Skills for the Google Classroom. I walk students (and teachers) through step by step as they learn some basics that will make your year much easier. Rather than running around in circles showing kids where to click, you can have them practice with instructional screenshots and gifs.
I recently created a resource that includes a Google Form Quiz. As an intervention teacher, I have teachers from 1-6 saying, “I just want them to write a complete and correct sentence.”
While this request seems simple, there is so much going on for kids that can make that task challenging. I created some picture prompts to have students practice writing simple sentences. It includes a quiz that I give before and after. I plan to use Flubaroo to Handgrade and share the resulting spreadsheets with their teachers. As students answer, I’ll be able to identify skills for mini lessons to help intervene.
Check out all my digital products for the Google Classroom HERE.