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One Point Rubrics for the Win

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113B

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Technology Integration Specialist
Kankakee School District 111
ISTE Certified Educator
Technology Integration Specialist for Kankakee School District 111 in Kankakee, IL. ISTE Certified

Session description

The most difficult part of project-based learning is developing a rubric that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out when using it. One Point Rubrics reduce stress for all stakeholders! This session will show you how to create one and use it. Tool focus: Google Classroom Rubrics.

Purpose & objective

Participants will:
1. understand the value to them of utilizing one point rubrics versus traditional multi-point rubrics
2. understand how one point rubrics provide more opportunities for clear data collection and evidence of student learning, deficits, and strengths
3. understand how easy it is for students to use one point rubrics
4. understand how parents/guardians can easily access the needed information in a one point rubric compared to a traditional rubric

We will focus on how to create one point rubrics in Google Classroom but will also look at how to create them using spreadsheet software of the users choice, as well as creating them in a Google Doc/Word Document.

We will also discuss how to break down the standards to assess only one thing, rather than multiple items (which many standards do). We will also look at standard items that they may want to include in their rubrics no matter what, these including spelling, grammar, punctuation, citations, images, etc.

There will be discussion as well as model and do for how the information will be shared.

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Welcome: (10 minutes) Will introduce myself and have participants join a Google Classroom with their personal accounts. There will be a welcoming assignment that we will need for later!
Why rubrics: (15 minutes) Will look at the history of rubrics, from those large nasty behemoths of yesteryear to streamlined one-point rubrics, will have teachers talk with a nearby person about a rubric that they have either used or been subjected to in the past. Will discuss the why to one point rubrics, outlining how they benefit teachers, students, and parents alike.
Creation: (20 minutes) How to create and grade with a one point rubric, with a focus on Google Classroom's rubric tool and Google Sheets
Questions: (5 minutes) Time for questions!

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Supporting research




Cult of Pedagogy:


Shaelynn Farnsworth:

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Session specifications

Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
We will be focusing on Google Classroom and their rubric tool, but these same strategies can be used in any spreadsheet or word document program. Participants will be asked to join a Google Classroom with their personal email addresses to create a learning artifact that we will use later in the presentation to demonstrate the ease of one point rubrics.
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.