Grading....Debatable as the worst part about teaching! It is a necessary piece of the puzzle, but why does it have to be so tedious?? Isn't there a way to not have to sit there all night grading classwork, homework, and projects? That is a question that I am sure a lot of people have asked themselves after a couple hour haze of grading! If you are using Google Apps and you don't know about Flubaroo, you are about to save yourself a lot of time! You can use Google forms to create a quiz or assignment for your students to work on. You will need to make all of the questions multiple choice or check boxes so that the grading program will work. Once you have created your quiz, you need to go through and take the quiz yourself to use as the answer key. Once you have done that, you can have your students start completing your assignment or quiz however you prefer.
Now that you have taken the quiz and your students have finished taking the quiz, you need to look at your spreadsheet with all of the answers. Once looking at that spreadsheet, insert the script called Flubaroo. The picture above shows you how to find it. Once installed, you will run the script on that assignment. Click the button for Flubaroo and click grade assignment. It will walk you through the steps of grading the assignment. It gives you the option to change the point value for each question and then asks you which person you will use to grade the assignment. That is why you have to answer the quiz first. Once you have done that, just click grade assignment and you can view their scores! The picture below is what it will look like once you have graded the assignment. You can see that Billy got a 50% so he is in red while the other students are in Black who were above a 70%. It also shows you which questions the students missed and the percentage for each question! You can see that question 4, only 50% of the students got it right it is highlighted in yellow. That would be a concept that needs to be retaught to make sure more of the students understand it.
Instead of spending all day and night creating quizzes and then grading those same quizzes, there is a much easier way to grade! As with anything else, you will need to take the time to create the quiz or assignment, but the grading is now a breeze with Flubaroo! I have showed this to several different teachers and the ones who have tried it out are in love with it!
Our first episode of iTechNation went online today! Pretty excited to get this started with Matt and Josh! You can watch it here in the blog but you can also click on the link to the side for iTechNation to watch this weeks episode. Make sure to stop back to the iTechNation website each week to check out our new episode as they post! We had a great time talking about Flipped Classrooms, Apple employee quitting, Generation C and TCEA trends. Check it out to get some ideas for your classroom or just to hear our thoughts on some of the new trends in EdTech!
I watched this very interesting TED Talks this morning on my way to work this morning. Watch the video before reading on so it makes more sense. The video is less than 10 minutes.
When you think about the concept of people taking over government systems to make them better you may have different thoughts on that. You may think that those people shouldn't be getting involved in the government operations, you may think the government should be doing a better job of it themselves, or you could be thinking that is awesome that they are doing that! Whatever your thoughts are, it is something that is happening all over! One place in particular that I see this same thing happening is in education. You may be saying to yourself, how are people taking over education? The fact that you are reading this and any other blog/website about education ideas is a sign that people are changing education. Most people who start a blog/website about education ideas and how to change education did not go to the government or their school to ask them if they are able to create that website. Teachers are out there experimenting with new technology everyday trying to come up with new and better ways to educate the youth of our nation and I am sure that they did not wait for their school or district to ask them or tell them to try out that technology. If teachers waited for their school/district to ask them to try out new technology we would not be to the point we are right now with technology in education. Anyone who has ever been in the classroom before knows that the people making the rules and laws for education are too far removed from the classroom and do not know what is best for the education system. Also, the fact of how long it takes the government to make a decision on anything especially education is a sign that we need teachers and parents to take control of more aspects of education. That is why teachers must become Hackers in education. We must be the ones creating new websites, apps, and activities for the students to use in the classroom instead of waiting around for our school, district, or government to do it.
It is amazing to see the amount of websites and blogs you can find just by browsing your pinterest boards or your twitter feed. The people who have created these sites and freely shared them with other educators and parents everywhere are the true hackers who want to make a change! They are creating their own ideas or changing old ideas to best fit the needs of their students. Just like everyone has a unique fingerprint, every student has a unique way of learning. The only way for teachers to meet their needs is to find the best way to adapt their lessons to meet the needs of each student. It is physically impossible for one person to meet the needs of all of their students on their own. That is why we need teachers and parents to get their ideas out there for others to see and use. The easiest way to do that is by creating websites, apps, joining pinterest, twitter, and other online collaboration tools that help to broadcast those ideas that you have! I believe that each school/district should have a group of teachers that get together weekly or even daily to discuss new technology and lesson ideas that could be used in the classroom. As they are discussing those ideas, they need to find a way to get them out to teachers everywhere, not only their own school. However they decide to get that out to teachers, they need to make sure the teachers know how to access that information and most importantly how to add to those ideas. I know it is not possible to do that everywhere and that is why we need Hackers in Education to share what they have created with teachers everywhere!
Jacob has been teaching for 9 years. 5 years as a 4th grade teacher and 4 years as an instructional technology specialist (iTech). He is sharing some of his experiences and technology that could help other teachers in the classroom.