Rubrics are a significant part of assessing student performance. Not only do they provide a guide and consistently as teachers score student work, but they can also serve as a communication tool between the teacher and student. Rubrics clearly describe the expectations and learning objectives for specific assignments. When a student receives their graded assignment, they can use the rubric to reflect on their learning and know which areas their strengths and weaknesses.
One way to increase your efficiency in grading assignments is by using the tool called Orange Slice. It is a Google Docs add-on that can be a handy productivity tool that makes it easy and fast to grade student work. An added bonus is that it works well with Google Classroom. Orange Slice allows teachers to automatically insert a rubric within a student’s document. You may select from pre-existing categories or customize on your own, grade student work, and return the document with your feedback.
To get started, open a blank document to make your own rubric. If you don’t have Orange Slice as an add-on in Google Docs, you can download it by selecting the Add-ons tab at the top toolbar, and then choose Get Add-ons. You will be led to the Chrome Web Store, where you will search for Orange Slice. There are two versions: the Teacher Rubric and Student Rubric. Today we will focus on the Teacher Rubric.
Once you have completed the download, you should see the Orange Slice option under Add-ons. In order to start grading, you should select Score Rubric.
A menu on the right-hand side will open for you to create your rubrics. This is the part where you can choose the performance levels, grading options, and categories. As mentioned earlier, you can choose from pre-existing categories or add blank rows to customize on your own. Once you are finished setting up your rubric, click on Create Rubric and the rubric will appear in the document. The rubric is completely editable. Once the rubric table has been created, you can modify the criteria of every cell to your personal preference. Then you can start changing the settings where you can choose the rubric type and assign points. The rubric table should look like the one below.
To save you time from pasting the rubric into each student’s work, you can copy it into your assignment document before distributing to your students in Google Classroom. The rubric appears in the student’s document so the feedback is not separate from the original assignment, so make sure to instruct your students not to do anything with the rubric table.
Since Orange Slice can be integrated with Google Classroom, as soon as your students submit their assignments, the title of their document should appear with their name. During the grading process, you can give points to each category. You also have the option to make adjustments such as adding extra credit or giving penalties for late submissions or plagiarism. Let’s hope you don’t have any penalties though!
After processing the grade, the rubric will highlight your selected indicators and automatically calculate the total score (an added bonus for efficiency)! Also, the title of the student’s document is updated with the grade inserted into it. You can then return the document to the student and they should see their points in the rubric.
If you would like additional information about Orange Slice, you can view videos from the Youtube channel of Matt Buchanan, the developer of Orange Slice, here.