Using Flubaroo to Update Students on Their SBG Progress
I was looking for a simple way to keep learners posted about their SBG progress. I like them (and me) to be able to see – at a glance – what concepts they have mastered and what they still need to work on. After tinkering a bit, I found a way to get Flubaroo to do it for me. I’d love to be able to do this in a more logical place like everyone else: their online gradebook. But I have to use a hybridized version of SBG because we don’t have school-wide SBG implementation (we’re unified in most everything we do, but I’m the only one currently pushing for SBG), and we grade a variety of school-wide learning outcomes. So I can’t directly use the gradebook for this. (For example, even though I label all of my assignments according to the concept, I still have to score them on a 10 point scale).
Anyway, here is what it can look like with Flubaroo. (If you aren’t familiar with Flubaroo, check it out…I hadn’t heard of it until a few days ago. But I can’t think of any reason that I would use it for its intended purpose).
- Create a dummy form in google docs with one “question” (actually, your first standard). Using a checkbox question, put in your options (I’m going with a binary “proficient” or “not yet”), and make sure to set it to record usernames.
- Open the spreadsheet. It’ll look like this:
- Add your students’ e-mail addresses below your submission (I copied and pasted from a .csv that I already had, so it took two seconds).
- Side-by-side with my gradebook, I enter whether the students are proficient or not with a single keystroke (once you’ve typed “proficient” or “not yet” once, a simple “p” or “n” will bring them up automatically).
- You can add more standards to the right of this column and repeat. When you’re done, have Flubaroo “grade” it.
The e-mail looks like such (which requires a little explanation to the learners…like the fact that it’s not a “grade”):
Why I like it:
- It gives me a clearer picture of how many learners are proficient on a given concept than my gradebook does. It also helps myself and our academic coaches when they are working with individual learners.
- The e-mail that it sends is very clear and color-coded – there should be no mistaking whether or not you are proficient on a concept.
- I didn’t have to write a script.
Why I don’t like it:
- It’s not the same as having it in the gradebook. For instance, the learners don’t have ready access at any time – they need me to e-mail it to them.
- It can only send an e-mail to everyone at once, with the same message. So for individual feedback it’s useless. Oh well, I’ll have to rely on my old standby: conversations with the kids.
- It uses misleading language (like “Your Grade”).
- You can easily modify this script if you’re into that sort of thing. For example, I found where to change the 70% cutoff…I could probably change the language too. But I bet I won’t.
- I know…I wish I could use a more pure form of SBG. But I get by.