I had a conversation a while ago with a friend at work (an inclusion teacher), and she mentioned that one of the English teachers in our building was using Flubaroo with great success. I had heard about it, but hadn't really looked into it.
Now, I'm hooked.
I HATE copying test papers. It's so wasteful. I don't like either using all of my allotted copies to have them collated and stapled, but I also don't like spending the time to do it myself after using the less fancy copier without a code.
I've tried lots of ways of getting around paper testing and paper wasting. I've tried class sets, but I like to change tests every semester (typically because I want to protect the test questions, or I want to improve the assessment).
Here's what I've tried:
- Just copying one for everyone. Feel free to write on it, kids!
- Class sets - and don't you dare mess it up! (Inevitably followed by "Can we write on this?" at least 10 times, then "Dylan! I JUST TOLD YOU NOT TO WRITE ON IT! That better not be pen!"
- Posting a PDF of the test on the class website, kids write answers on notebook paper
- Posting a PDF, kids answer using infuse learning/socrative
- Typing questions into infuse learning/socrative
- (the problem with these - the infuse and socrative servers can be unreliable and slow)
My fear with posting a PDF is that they will email the file, or view it in a previous class period if they know it's test day. I also struggle with letting them test online - I don't want them to be tempted to google a question. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven the day I found out about Guided Access on Ipads - no more googling! Guided Access locks an Ipad into one screen/website/app until a teacher unlocks it with a code.
So on to the discovery.
Flubaroo is a script that you install with a Google Form.
- You create a Google Form with your questions
- How to make a Google Form
- How to use PICTURES as questions in a Google Form (this is what I recommend - just take and save screenshots of a scanned paper copy test or an existing digital file)
- How to send a Google Form to your students
- Once your students take the test, install Flubaroo and have it grade your tests.
- Send your students their grades automatically!
I'll be using this on my next test, with Guided Access, so that my tests are graded for me, students receive quick feedback, and I can make sure they aren't cheating using Google. I spent this afternoon making sure all the features work well together, and I'm confident this will be a method I can continue to use reliably with my students.
Just thought I'd share this awesome piece of technology goodness! Have a great weekend, everyone.
Update: The English teacher from my school that uses this enlightened me that now with the new Add-Ons, it makes this process more efficient. Update your Google Spreadsheet to the new Google Sheets in Settings, then under Add-Ons click Get Add-Ons and install Flubaroo. That's it!