Google+ Education: Part 4

It has been a while since I have shared anything new about using Google+ for education, but I would like to add Flubaroo to the series (which has so far covered Google Hangouts, Sites, and Drive). Flubaroo is this handy little add-on that works with Google Drive, specifically Forms and Sheets, to grade assignments. It is so easy to use and—even better—free!

Here is how it works:

Create an Assignment in Drive

Open up Google Drive and create a form. Add all the questions you would like students to answer to the form; this is your assignment, so include questions about content or grammar, essay prompts, etc. There are nine different question types to choose from, including multiple choice and text, so you are not limited to objective questions. Don’t forget to ask students for some identifiers such as name, student ID, e-mail, etc., so that you know who submitted what answers.

Send Out the Assignment

Once the form is finished, click “Done.” You will have a link to share with students and after you hit “Send form” and “Done” again, a new Google spreadsheet will be created to track the responses.

Use Flubaroo for Grading

When you go to the spreadsheet, find “Add-ons” along the top of the page. Find Flubaroo and click “Grade Assignment.” At this point, you will be asked to assign points to various questions and create the answer key. After that, you can view results!

If that isn’t clear, just watch the demo video, which shows how Flubaroo works once responses to the form have been received. Grading homework assignments just got a lot easier! With all that extra time, I can find other ways to use Google+, so keep an eye out for part 5!

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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