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Automatic Rubrics with Google Sheets

Yeah, I know lots of stuff from Google.  Our school had “Gone Google” so I’ve been trying to find as many tools for our instructors as possible to help make their jobs a bit easier (and mine as well).

Most of us whether we know it or not use rubrics when we grade reports and papers.  That rubric may be in our head instead of paper, but we still use one.  Unfortunately administrators and students can’t see what’s in your head or maybe it’s good they can’t.  But students do much better when they understand the yardstick they are being measured against. That’s where Alice Keeler’s add-on for Google Sheets can help out.  She has developed an add-on that will help you create a simple but effective rubric for any subject that will allow administrators, other teachers but most importantly students see what you are using as a standard for grading their research papers, reports and projects.

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She has provided easy to understand instructions taking you step by step through the process of building your first rubric.  I suggest bookmarking it just in case you need to reference it again later.

I hope this helps make your job a little easier.  Here is a screen capture (using Jing)  of her web-page.



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Hello world!

You can teach on old dog new tricks.  I’m living proof.  I’m 62 years old and I taught for a long time in the military before moving to teaching college.  When I started teaching we did use handouts, but not many, we relied on students reading their assignments from their books and taking notes.  Our visual stimulation consisted of live demonstrations and a few 35mm slides that we show from our projector.  Everything else was on the instructor.  That may or may not have been a good thing.   Today however we have a plethora of software both free and $$$ not so free.  I’d like to use this blog to highlight online resources and applications instructors can use to help their students succeed.    Some will be free, some will not but I would like to discuss them all.  I encourage folks to send me the resources they have found useful in transferring their course objectives and knowledge into their students.  I’d like to hear the good and the bad and if necessary the ugly as well.

I don’t have all the answers because none of us are as smart as all of us, so please let me know what you have found, what works and what doesn’t work.  I appreciate your input and help in making all of us better instructors and in turn produce better prepared students.



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