Today, after much troubleshooting and support from my other techy friends, I was able to successfully use the Goobric for Students extension. I have been using Goobric for over a year now and it has been so helpful. I enjoy the fact that I don’t need to take loads of papers home to grade. I love that I can quickly give feedback to students by attaching a rubric and making comments on an electronic document. Students could then use that feedback to revise their work and/or apply to future assignments. I also, like the fact that students, teachers, and parents can easily access their grading through Google Classroom or Google Docs.
As a teacher, we always explicitly state the expectations for the assignments so that students are clear what targets they need to reach and demonstrate through a given task. So what better way to hold them accountable than through self-assessment?!
Once students installed the app, students opened their informative writing piece. Students who were completed with their piece were now about to self assess using the rubric that I will later evaluate their work with. It was very user friendly and students were able to do this successfully. When students open their Google Doc, they will receive a notification every time they open this document telling them that there is a rubric attach. They can their “Assess this doc” or click “cancel.” Once students were finished with their writing assignment, students clicked on “Assess this doc.” A new window would open and it would show the rubric. Student could enter their score by just clicking on the box and then it would turn gray or they could type their score into the small white box on the left column.
After the students self-assessed, I would receive a notification when I open the doc. This is signaled by the red circle with a “1” in it in the top right corner. If I click on the “1,” a new window will open that shows how they rated themselves. To the left of that red circle is a gray box that shows “Assess as teacher.” When I click that box, a new window opens and now I can assess this document using Goobric.
This new feature was super easy to use and beneficial for my students.
One thing my principal always ask when we meet is what are you doing to get the students involved in assessment. When ever she asks this, my heart stops for a second. What a daunting task! Mind starts running, does she mean students should write the questions for tests? Does she mean students should self-grade assessments? Does she means students should self assess on rubrics? Does she mean they should reflect on the assessment after completion?
This question always worries me, but I tend to feel better the more I think about what I do. Google is one way that I can involve students in assessments. I know, you are impressed, another way Google can help you make life easier.
Have you tried Goobric? If not, get yourself over to the Google Web Store and install Goobric, now! Read my Goobric blog to find out more about it. Well, recently Goobric got even better. They now allow students to self assess using the rubric you attached to the assignment. Now with a few simple clicks, students can be involved in their own assessment. Take that mini panic attack! Scary question no more.
I’ll run you through how it works so you can wow your principal as well. I will proceed through this assuming you have Goobric, if not, please read the blog entry called Goobric first. Goobric for Students can, unfortunately, not be done on a iPad. It is worth a trip to the computer lab if you have no other options though. Goobric provides a link for you to share in classroom, when students click on their link it’ll take them right to the store to download the extension. They simply click on the blue “Add to Chrome” button and after a few affirming clicks the little eyeball > will appear by their address bar.
From now on whenever they open a document that you have already attached a rubric to, a message will pop up telling them that their is a rubric attached. They will get either choose “Assess This Doc” or “Cancel”. I love that this pops up every time, this way students can’t ‘forget’ to assess.
Involving students in assessment in this way helps them to be aware of where their strengths and weaknesses are. It also helps them to see how to improve in future assignments. I also love that it lets them compare their understanding of their skills with mine. This will help them bridge the gap between what they think they can do and what they are doing.
I am looking forward to trying this with partners. I want to have students score each other on the rubric. I am excited about the learning possibilities that will create! Pair that with giving each other revision comments, and wow, powerful.
How have you use Google to help students participate in assessments?