By Becky Shiring

How often have you spent your Sunday night grading stacks of student papers?  Flubaroo makes that a thing of the past. Flubaroo is an add-on to Google Forms that allows teachers to grade quizzes and provide students with feedback in less than two minutes.


The value in Flubaroo lies not only in the fact that it saves teachers massive amounts of time, but also in that it allows the user to clearly see student misconceptions without a lot of number crunching and deep data diving. Flubaroo automatically flags students that perform below 70 percent and identifies questions that more than 60 percent of the class answered incorrectly. The sample data above was compiled using Flubaroo after students completed a short grammar quiz created using Google Forms. We can see that around 73 percent of the class answered question number 3 incorrectly. This indicates to the teacher that he or she should probably spend more time in class around this grammar point. On an individual level, we can see that there are two students who scored 100 percent and four students who scored 80 percent.  The next time this topic is addressed in class, the teacher might plan to give these students a more challenging task. On the other hand, we have six students who scored a 40 percent. This data tells a teacher that he or she may need to plan for small group, teacher led instruction with this group of students.

In addition to helping teachers to identify problem areas, the program also allows students to receive immediate feedback. While timing of feedback is an oft-debated topic, there is research that suggests providing low-level learners with access to immediate, correct response feedback is preferable to delayed response feedback (Gaynor, 1981; Roper, 1977; Clariana, 1990). It can be difficult as a teacher to provide students with immediate feedback on quiz and test performance. By utilizing Flubaroo, the teacher is able to provide students with feedback almost immediately after the assessment has been completed. For a tutorial on using the program, please see the screencast below.

Clariana, R. B. (1999). Differential memory effects for immediate and delayed feedback: A delta rule explanation of feedback timing effects. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Convention, Houston, TX. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED43055).

Gaynor, P. (1981). The effect of feedback delay on retention of computer-based mathematical material. Journal of Computer-Based Instruction, 8(2), 28–34.

Roper, W. J. (1977). Feedback in computer assisted instruction. Programmed Learning and Educational Technology, 14(1), 43–49.

Becky Shiring is the Training Manager at Silent Circle, a technology company focused on privacy and security in digital environments. She also works with various organizations in the DC Metro area to provide professional development focused on technology integration. She has taught a variety of ESOL and ABE classes since 2006.

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