Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Four Options for Creating & Using Rubrics in Google Drive

A good rubric can help students understand what is expected of them and it can help teachers score students’ assignments consistently and efficiently. If your students are submitting assignments to you through Google Drive or Google Classroom, you may find yourself looking for a way to create and use rubrics without having to leave your Google Drive account to give feedback to your students. Earlier this week I tried a new Google Docs Add-on called JoeZoo Express that you can use to create rubrics and give students feedback directly from Google Docs. JoeZoo Express is not the only tool that offers this feature. Here are three others that are also worth trying.
Online Rubric is a Google Spreadsheets Add-on that enables to you create rubrics, enter scores, and email scores to students all from one place. Online Rubric provides very clear instructions for each step of the processes of creating a roster sheet, creating a rubric, and emailing grades to students. The video below provides a demonstration of how to use Online Rubric.

Doctopus is a Google Spreadsheet Add-on that can help teachers manage the flow of shared work in in their Google Drive accounts. The basic concept behind the Add-on is to enable teachers to quickly share documents with all of the students on a roster, monitor usage of shared documents, and give students feedback within that roster spreadsheet. When used in conjunction with Goobric Doctopus is a good tool for giving students rubric-based feedback.

OrangeSlice is another nice tool for giving feedback to students via rubrics in Google Docs. Within OrangeSlice you can create rubrics from scratch or import and modify an existing rubric. The best feature of OrangeSlice is that it will automatically convert your rubric marks to a percentage score for students.

Learn more about how to use Google Docs Add-ons like these in my online course Getting Going With GAFE. The next course begins on April 5th.

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There will be two Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps this year. There will be one tailored to schools that have 1:1 Chromebook programs and one for everyone else. Both Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps will be held in July. You can learn more about them here. Discounted early registration is available now. The Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp has sold out every year for the last three years.

This spring and summer I am hosting three online courses for teachers. 

Getting Going With GAFE is a five week course designed for teachers and administrators transitioning to Google Apps. Three graduate credits are available through this course.

Blogs and Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders is a five week course for teachers and administrators interested in learning how to build blogs and build community through social media. Three graduate credits are available.

Teaching History With Technology is a three week course for history teachers. Course highlights include learning about Google Maps and Earth, finding and using primary source databases, video production, and helping students develop critical thinking skills.

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