New Features in ForAllRubrics

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We’ve released some exciting new features:

  • New WELCOME Page
  • Improved MY CLASS Page
  • Teacher control for when scored rubrics are published to students
  • Better support for activities

New Welcome Page

We have been working hard to provide more documentation and help for teachers using ForAllRubrics.  As part of these efforts, we created a new Welcome Page.

welcome page


Improved MY CLASS Page

Now, if “All Results” is selected then the MY CLASS page shows all the scores for the selected rubric:

All Results

If “Most Recent” is selected then the MY CLASS page shows only the most recent score for each student (as before):

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The labeled features are:

A. The school year you are currently working with.  If you have used ForAllRubrics for more than one year, you can access previous years rubrics and scores.
B. The classroom you are currently working with.
C. The rubric you are currently working with.
D. In the header of the table, a selection box for selecting the most recent rubric for all the students at once.  Once the students are selected you can “Email”, “Print”, or “Publish” their scored rubrics with a click of a button.  Also in the header are arrows for sorting by last name, activity, percent score, number of items scored and who did the scoring.
E. A selection box for individual students.
F. An orange “plus” icon to begin scoring the rubric for that student.
G. The  activity for the rubric (if one is selected) and the date of the most recent assessment for the student. If you click on the date, you can see the detailed scored rubric.
H. The student’s score on the rubric. Any items that weren’t scored will be considered “N/A, not applicable” and won’t be included in the total possible points.
I. The computed percentage on the rubric. Any items that weren’t scored will be considered “N/A, not applicable” and won’t be included in the computation of the percentage.
J. How many of the items were scored. If all the items were scored, a “check”.
K. Who scored the rubric (Teacher, the student for themselves or a peer)
L. An icon to publish the scored rubric with the student.  Until you publish the scored rubric, the information will not be available to the student.  If the scored rubric is published, you can click on the icon again to unpublish it and make it unavailable to the student.
M. An icon to print the completed rubric.
N. An icon to email the complete rubric to the emails associated with the student’s account (specified on the Admin/Manage Students page).
O. An icon to access the student’s journal.
P. An icon to delete the most recent completed rubric.


More support for activities

Now, if an activity is selected on the MY CLASS page, then only scored rubrics that are associated with that activity will be displayed.

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When you are scoring a rubric, you will now be able to choose from the activities you’ve specified before or create a new activity.


Select Activity


We hope you find these new features make ForAllRubrics more useful in your classroom.  Please keep the feedback coming!

ForAllRubrics How To: Assessing With the Buck Institute for Education Rubrics

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A library of high quality rubrics from the Buck Institute for Education are now featured in ForAllRubrics.  More information on, “How to use BIE’s rubrics to assess 21st century competencies in PBL” is available from BIE.  On EdutopiaAndrew Miller describes how to use BIE’s rubrics for implementing Critical Assessment Ideas in your classroom.

All you need to do to get started with the BIE Rubrics on ForAllRubrics is to sign up for a free teacher account at ForAllRubrics.

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Once you’re logged in, click on the Library and BIE tabs to get to the BIE Rubrics.

BIE rubrics

For any rubric in the library, you can:

  1. copy the rubric into your personal rubric library
  2. view the rubric
  3. print the rubric (either send it to your printer or save it as a pdf file)

BIE rubrics

For more information on getting started with ForAllRubrics, take a look at this series of blog posts:

ForAllRubrics How to: Peer- and Self- Assessment

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This post will walk you through two ways to use ForAllRubrics to support our most requested feature, student self- and peer- assessment.

  1. With the teacher’s account on the ForAllRubrics Mobile App
  2. With the student’s account on the ForAllRubrics Website

Approach 1: With the teacher’s account on the ForAllRubrics Mobile App

Teachers can use their own teacher account to login into ForAllRubrics Offline on their iPads and  pass the iPads out to the students to use. They can use their one account on multiple iPads.  The students can use the rubric comments field to indicate who did the assessment.  This works especially well, if you aren’t able to give students their own accounts.

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Approach 2: With the student’s account on the ForAllRubrics Website

Another approach is to have the students do the self- or peer- assessments with their personal accounts.  For an introduction to student accounts, see the post, “ForAllRubrics How To: Student Journals.”  Below are the steps for enabling your rubrics for student self- and peer- assessment.

When you’re editing a rubric that you want student to access, make sure that you’re in advance mode and the rubric has the “Allow Students to Self/Peer Assess” checkbox selected.  When you select the checkbox a default badge will be created.  You can customize the badge, by clicking on the badge name next to “Assign Badge”.

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To set up student user accounts go to the Admin/Manage Students page.

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Create student accounts by setting their email addresses and assigning passwords.

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When the student logs in and goes to the “Classmate Badges” page, she sees all the students in her class (including themselves) and can choose who to assess.

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Once the student selects who to assess, they will see the badges that are shared with them and they can choose which badge to assess for.

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When the student chooses the badge to use the appropriate rubric will pop-up and she can enter her scores.

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When the assessment is complete, the student can now see the badge they have issued.

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When you login as the teacher, you will see the rubric that was assessed by the student.

student score rubric

You can click on the date the rubric was assessed to see the details of the assessment.

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When the assessed student logs in to her account, she sees a journal entry with information about the rubric assessment.

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When she clicks on “View Rubric Results,” she sees the details of the rubric scoring and can download the completed rubrics as a pdf file or print it.

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Please let us know your thoughts on self- and peer- assessment in ForAllRubrics.  We’d really welcome your feedback.

ForAllRubrics How To: Student Journals

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The student journal is the communication center for student accounts on ForAllRubrics.  When a student first logs in, she sees her journal.  In the example below, the top entry is a journal entry that was added by the student Lola about her experience presenting her project at the science fair.

Student Journal 1

Teachers can view the journal for any of their students by clicking on the “journal” icon on the MY CLASS page.Journal Icon

When a teacher completes a rubric for a student, the results appear in the student’s journal.  Below you can see that the “Demo Teacher” assessed the student with the “Free Art” rubric.  The teacher’s comments that were entered while the scoring the rubric are displayed to the student.

rubric in journal

When the student is viewing the information about the completed rubric, they can:

  • choose to see the details of the rubrics by clicking on “View Rubric Results,”
  • add their own comments and
  • personalize the image associated with the rubric.

Journal - Student Activities

If the student clicks on “View Rubric Results,” they are taken to a print view of the scored rubric where they have the option to either download the scored rubric as a pdf or send the scored rubric to a printer.

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Our student Lola, has added a comment and personalized the badge by making a photo of her artwork the image.

journal - student comment & image

This quick introduction to the Student Journal should help you get started with using ForAllRubrics to communicate with your students.  For more information on setting up student accounts, take a look at the post ForAllRubrics How To: Setting Up Your Roster.  There are more posts on the way, including information on how ForAllRubrics supports self- and peer- assessment for students.

ForAllRubrics How To: Assessing Your Students

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So you’ve signed up for a free teacher account on ForAllRubrics and you’re wondering, “What do I do now?” This is part of a short series of posts on how to get started with the basic features of ForAllRubrics.  The posts in this series are:

  1. ForAllRubrics How To:  Setting Up Your Roster
  2. ForAllRubrics How To:  Setting Up Your Rubrics
  3. ForAllRubrics How To:  Assessing Your Students (this post)

The simplest approach to assessing your students with ForAllRubrics is via the online website.  Click on the My Class link in the menu bar and then select the rubric you want to work with.  To start the assessment, click on the  plus next to the student that you would like to assess.

My Class

On your rubric, you score the student by simply clicking on the appropriate box in the rubric.  The score will be calculated for you automatically.  You can add comments for the whole rubric or for individual items.  You can also record an activity name.

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When you click on the Done button or click on the My Class button, you will see the results of the assessment you just completed in the class overview.  In the class table, you’ll see

  1. The date of the most recent assessment for the student.  If you click on the date, it will show you the actual completed rubric.
  2. The student’s score on the rubric.  Any items that weren’t  scored will be considered “N/A, not applicable” and won’t be included in the total possible points.
  3. The computed percentage on the rubric.  Any items that weren’t scored will be considered “N/A, not applicable” and won’t be included in the computation of the percentage.
  4. How many of the items were scored.  If all the items were scored, a “check”.
  5. An icon to print the completed rubric.
  6. An icon to email the complete rubric to the emails associated with the student’s account (specified on the Admin/Manage Students page).
  7. An icon to access the student’s journal.
  8. An icon to delete the most recent completed rubric.


Overview

On the My Class page, you can also Print or Email all your students’ completed rubrics in bulk or just selected students.

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If you want to switch which rubric you’re working with, just click on the new rubric in the My Rubrics dialog.

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There are a lot more capabilities in ForAllRubrics, but hopefully this quick introduction will be enough for you to get started!  While you’re working on ForAllRubrics, you can learn more by accessing our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) or our Message Board.  We also regularly post helpful information on the ForAllSystems Blog and via our twitter account @forallrubrics.

ForAllRubrics How To: Setting Up Your Roster

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So you’ve signed up for a free teacher account on ForAllRubrics and you’re wondering, “What do I do now?” This is part of a short series of posts on how to get started with the basic features of ForAllRubrics.  The posts in this series are:

  1. ForAllRubrics How To:  Setting Up Your Roster (this post)
  2. ForAllRubrics How To:  Setting Up Your Rubrics
  3. ForAllRubrics How To:  Assessing Your Students

When you first login with your ForAllRubrics account, you’ll see something like the screen below.

New Account

The first thing you’ll want to do is to add some students to your roster.  There are two easy ways to do this.  In the image below you can see how you can choose between:

  1. setting up your student roster by clicking on “Admin->Manage Students
  2. doing a quick add for students by clicking on “+ Add a Student

Add students

To add a student, you will need to complete the information shown below.

Add Student

  1. The Student ID is a required unique identifier for the student
  2. A First Name is required
  3. A Last Name is required
  4. If you enter an Email Address, it will allow features such as emailing completed rubrics to students
  5. If you enter a Password, an account will be created for the  student to access ForAllRubrics
  6. The Additional Email Addresses are for parents, guardians or others to support features such as emailing completed rubrics
  7. The Gender will be used in demographic reports that we are planning
  8. The Profile Picture is used in various places to personalize the student’s information, such as in the roster on the “My Class Page”

Now that your Student Roster is set up, you are ready for:  ForAllRubrics How To:  Setting Up Your Rubrics

ForAllRubrics How To: Setting Up Your Rubrics

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So you’ve signed up for a free teacher account on ForAllRubrics and you’re wondering, “What do I do now?” This is part of a short series of posts on how to get started with the basic features of ForAllRubrics.  The posts in this series are:

  1. ForAllRubrics How To:  Setting Up Your Roster
  2. ForAllRubrics How To:  Setting Up Your Rubrics (this post)
  3. ForAllRubrics How To:  Assessing Your Students

To create your own rubric, click on the DESIGN link in the menu bar and then click on the New Rubric button.

select new rubric

To start, make sure you are on the Basic Editing page.  On this page, you will see the current version of your new rubric.  You can edit any field with a dotted-underline by simply clicking on it and typing in the new text.  As shown below, you will want to customize your Rubric Title, the Item Descriptions and the Criteria for Ratings.

Edit Title

As shown below, you can also customize the Ratings Descriptions and the Points for each Rating.      

Edit Ratings

You can also Add a RatingDelete a RatingCopy an ItemDelete an Item or Add Multiple Items.

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Once you are happy with your rubric, you can either print your rubric by clicking on the Print button or click on the Done button and go to the Manage Rubrics page.

Print-Done

If you clicked on the Print button, it will take you to the Print page, where you can save your rubric as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file or print the rubric on your printer.

Print Page

If you clicked on the Done button, it will take you back to the Manage Rubrics page, where you will now see your new rubric along with the three sample rubrics that we initial put in your rubrics collection.  From this page, you can easily:

  1. Edit a rubric
  2. Make a copy of a rubric
  3. Print a rubric
  4. Download a rubric as a spreadsheet file
  5. Share a rubric in the Library
  6. Archive a rubric (you can always get it back)
  7. Delete a rubric (you can’t get it back)

Manage Rubrics

Now when you go back to the My Class page, you will see your new rubric listed as one of the rubrics.

My Class

You are now ready to go on to:  ForAllRubrics How To:  Assessing Your Students.

New Features in ForAllRubrics

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We’ve released some exciting new features:

  • New Rubric Standards Report
    (automatically created with the standards that appear in the rubric)
  • Rearrange columns and rows
  • Assign ratings with decimal values
  • Standards alignment with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence
  • Simplified Custom Standards Report
  • Simplified badge editing with basic/advanced mode

Documentation for the trickier features are provided below.  Please keep the feedback coming!


Rubric Standards Report

1.  Choose a rubric that is aligned with standards.

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2.  Go to the Rubric Standards Report.

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3.  Report is automatically generated for the standards that appear in the rubric.

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Rearrange columns and rows

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Assign ratings with decimal values

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ForAllRubrics Now Supports Alignment with the Australian Curriculum

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We are very excited to announce that teachers can now use ForAllRubrics to work with rubrics aligned with the Australian Curriculum in addition to the existing support for the Common Core State Standards.

Australian Curriculum


Standards Based Reporting With the Standards Report, you can easily view the individual levels of achievement for all the students in your class.

StandardsReport


Alignment of Rubrics. In advanced editing mode, you can align your whole rubric to one or more standards.

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Alignment of Rubrics. You can also align individual items within your rubric to one or more standards.

StandardByItem


Alignment of Rubrics. You can customize the level of achievement for the ratings in your rubric (red, yellow or green).

LevelsOfAcheivement


A big thank you to all the Australian teachers using ForAllRubrics! We really appreciate your enthusiasm and support. We hope these new features are helpful to you in your classroom.

Badges How to: Using Your Classroom Rubrics to Design a Badge System

Recently teachers and administrators have been asking us for ideas on how to go about implementing badges in their own schools.  In this post, I’m going to describe two approaches for how to take existing classroom rubrics and design complimentary badge systems.  This approach has several advantages:

  • a significant part of the work necessary for designing the badge system has already been done in developing the rubric,
  • teachers can continue to assess students with a proven rubric and
  • the badge system integrates well with the existing learning activities.

Approach 1:  Recognize Skills and Achievements

A primary motivation for Mozilla’s development of Open Badges was in order to recognize skills and achievements that aren’t traditionally recognized.

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Teachers in areas such as Physical Education, Technology, Special Education and Art are already seeing the value of badges for recognizing their students’ achievements.  This approach is to creating a badge system is demonstrated by Warren Grieve in his ICT Ladders for Badges.  Below is an example rubric he previously developed for evaluating skills with MIT’s Scratch programming language.

Scratch-Rubric

Below are the complementary badges that he designed for ICT Ladders for Badges that correspond to each of the levels of achievement in the rubric.  The criteria for earning a badge is the same as the criteria specified in the original rubric.

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Like with girl scout badges, this type of badge system provides students a way to:

  • set goals by identifying badges to work towards,
  • reflect on the goals they’ve already reached and
  • share their accomplishments with others.

Approach 2:  Scaffold Learning

A common use for rubrics in the classroom is for supporting student learning and development.  This kind of instructional rubric is typically written in student-friendly language to help students evaluate their own work and improve overtime.  This use of rubrics is well demonstrated by the set of rubrics provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to support student learning for effectively solving math word problems.  This set of rubrics includes a scoring rubric for use by the teacher and three age appropriate versions of the rubric for use by students.

The  rubric below is the scoring rubric for use by elementary school teachers to inform instruction.  (click on the rubric for a larger image)

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The  rubric below is the instructional rubric for use by 3rd and 4th grade students to support learning.  (click on the rubric for a larger image)

Student-Rubric

The process of learning how to solve math word problems is an ongoing learning activity and requires a significant amount of practice and feedback.  The student friendly rubric is effective at making it clear to students what the expectations are for this learning activity.

In our design for a set of badges that correspond to ISBE’s student friendly rubric, the first change we made was to convert the “Items for Evaluation”  in the original rubric to “Roles to Achieve” in the badge system as follows:

  • Mathematical Knowledge (Do you know it?) —> Math Wizard
  • Strategic Knowledge (How do you plan?) —> Master Detective
  • Explanation (Can you explain it?) —> Expert Explainer

The second change we made was to eliminate the score of zero.  By its nature, badge criteria is positive.  Although it makes sense to award a score of zero if the student doesn’t attempt an answer.  It doesn’t make as much sense to award a badge for doing nothing.

Below is what our initial badges look like.

Student_Badges

The last change we made was to convert the scoring guidelines to badge criteria by removing negative scoring guidelines, since the negative guidelines are implicitly included in the leveled badges.  Below is the the criteria for Math Wizard badges including the struck out text from the original Grade 3-4 Student Rubric for Mathematical Knowledge.

Level 4 Badge Criteria (the same as for scoring rubric)

  • I get the right answer.
  • I label my answer correctly.
  • I use the right math words to show I understand how math works. (Example: I know when to add or subtract.)
  • I work it out with no mistakes.

Level 3 Badge Criteria (almost the same as for scoring rubric)

  • I do the problem, but I and only make small mistakes.

Level 2 Badge Criteria 

  • I understand a little, but I make a lot of big mistakes.
  • I only give part of the answer.

Level 1 Badge Criteria

  • I try to do the problem, but I don’t understand it.

Level 0 – Badge Criteria (no such badge)

  • I don’t try to answer the problem.

With the development of our badge system, we now have three different views of the assessment that all work well together:

  • the teacher scoring rubric for assessing the student’s progress,
  • the student instructional rubric for understanding the expectations and
  • the student badge system for visualizing the learning path.

ForAllRubrics + Badges

We’re in the process of developing a new version of ForAllRubrics that supports both Rubrics and Badges.  This new version will support a badge design process like what has been described in this post.  It will let teachers complete scoring rubrics and the system will automatically generate the appropriate badges for the students.  The students (and their parents) will be able to view the student friendly rubric to understand the scoring on a particular assignment.  The teacher, the student and their parents can view the student’s awarded badges to reflect on the student’s accomplishments to date and view potential badges for setting goals for the future.

If you’re interested helping us test out our new “ForAllRubrics + Badges” and giving us feedback, please send us an email to info@forallsystems.com and we’ll get you set up.  We greatly appreciate comments and suggestions.