BY BILL FERRIS
iRubric is a slick way to create and share rubrics for assignments. Like Rubric Machine, you can create a rubric for an assignment in minutes. The interface is fairly intuitive, and made more so by a helpful series of how-to videos posted on the site.
Of course, one of the primary advantages to an online rubric application is the ability to share and adapt existing rubrics. At iRubric, you can find hundreds of rubrics developed by fellow teachers, all organized according to subject and grade level.
iRubric also makes grading easy — just click on the appropriate competence level for each criteria, and iRubric calculates the scores for you based on the grading weights you assigned. That is, let’s say you assigned students to create a comic book out of the events of The Grapes of Wrath. In the category of “Visual presentation,” an “Excellent” is worth four points, “Good” is worth three points, “Meh” is worth two, and “Poor” is worth one. If an assignment rated a “Good,” just click on box marked “Good,” and iRubric will award the appropriate number of points. Seriously, you could probably figure it out yourself faster than it takes to read this last paragraph.
After you’ve used a rubric to grade a student assignment, iRubric lets you confidentially send the rubric to each student, with your feedback. To do this, you’ve got to set up a class and a gradebook, however.
iRubric is free for individual classes and teachers (if your entire school wants to sign up, they can do so for a fee). All they ask is that you tell other folks about iRubric. Another way to pay it forward is to share the rubrics you create by putting them in the public gallery for other educators to use.