In my IB DP Economics classes writing essays is the primary skill students are assessed on, and so I tend to focus on essays for major grades. I am however, making more and more use of multiple choice/ fill in the blank online quizzes. They create a relatively quick way to check to see if students understand the concepts covered in class, while at the same time allowing for immediate feedback and saving precious time for us teachers to tackle other issues.
With Google Forms you can do just that, create an online quiz that grades itself. (Think Scantron Machine on steroids.) Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank, Check Boxes, among other forms of questions are available. Images can now also be added due to a recent change to Google Forms. Google Forms (aka your Quiz) can then be embedded to your website, if one so chooses. Students can go in, take the quiz, and submit their answers to you. From there with a few quick and easy steps you can grade the quiz using a Google App called Flubaroo.
With Flubaroo you can give students immediate feedback by having the results emailed back to them. The statistics it provides teachers with are quite powerful. It tells us what questions students excelled in, as well as struggled with. You can design further review around the statistics provided.
For an example, look at my sidebar and under the title “Intro To Econ” click on the Intro to Econ Quiz in the dropdown menu. To complicated for you? Then Just click here.
Here is an easy step by step tutorial on how to create a Google Form Quiz, and how one would then go about grading it using Flubaroo.
1- Sign in to your Google Account and at the top of the page click on your “Drive”.
2- In your Drive , Click “Create” on the left hand side and create a “Form”.
3- Give the form a title such as “Intro To Econ” Quiz. Use the line below to insert directions you may have.
4- Click on “Add Item”. Your first item should be a “Text” question. Where it says “Question Title” type “Your Name”. Once you have done that click on the box “Required Question” to know who is submitting work. This will show up on the spreadsheet that compiles the data which will discuss later on. Click on DONE. Do the same for email addresses, so that you can compile email addresses for automatically sending out grades later on.
5- Now you can create your first question. Click on “Add Item”. Choose the type of question from the menu given. For now try creating a “Multiple Choice” question. Type your question where it asks for “Question Title” or “Help Text”. There is no need to have both. Put in possible answers and click DONE.
6- If you would like a question with an image or video then click “Image” or “Add Video” when you another “Add Item”. Put your image, click on DONE. Then add another item. This time a multiple choice question or any other type of question format. Refer the question to the image/ video above.
7- Google automatically Saves as you go. Once you are done click on “Choose Response Destination” at the top of your form. This will create a spreadsheet that will collect answer as students submit them. It will be located in your Drive folder and will be titled with the same name you gave the quiz but will have “Responses” written after it. Flubaroo will use this file to grade from later on as well.
8- “View Live Form” at the top of your form. Answer the questions correctly and submit it to create an answer key that you will use in Flubaroo later on to grade the quizzes.
9- You can then go back to the original form and share it with your students. You will see a “Send Form” Button to do this. You can send the link to students or you could embed the form to a webpage like I did with the example I presented earlier.
10- Have students take the quiz!!!
11- Time to grade using Flubaroo!!! Go Back to your spreadsheet that was created to accept responses. At this point you should see all your students submitted work. At the menu at the top of the screen you will see “Insert”, in this dropdown menu you will see “Script”. Click on it.
12- This will bring you to a menu of scripts to use. Type in FLUBAROO in the search bar. Once you find it click install. You will now see Flubaroo in the menu of choices at the top of the spreadsheet.
13- Click on Flubaroo and choose the option “Grade Assignements”. I will ask you possibly about authorization and some other details. After you complete these steps you can click on Grade Assignments again. Choose points values for each question, as well as the quiz that will act as the key.
14- Flubaroo will now produce another page on the spreadsheet that you are using with the details of the graded quizzes.
15- There are some valuable details in the grade sheet. The highlighted questions are the questions that students struggled with showing where students need further review, or where the question was misunderstood. Here is a screenshot of a grade sheet. Click on it to see details.
16- If more students submit their quizzes you can now “Regrade Assignment” and there is even an option to “Email Grades”.
17- If you are using short answer questions and you want to have multiple answers as options use %or between the words. Examples: Labor %or Labour
Obviously, the first answer is the one that should be used, but we need to throw our Commonwealth compatriots a bone once and a while
And there you have it, FLUBAROO just saved you some valuable time.
Feel free to contact me if you have further questions.
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