Using Rubrics with Google Classroom

If you’ve gotten comfortable with Google Classroom and realized that the grading feature isn’t very robust – you do have some options.  There are 2 Google Add-ons that you can use to help manage the feedback you and fellow students give to each other.   You can create a rubric and use it with multiple assignments.  You can work as a grade level to develop and use a common rubrics for writing.  You can even opt to leave audio comments for your students.  Here are the components you’ll need:

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1. Google Classroom – this creates your roster and a place for the assignment.  You can invite your students by using the Groups feature to see all of your students at once.

2. Doctopus – This is an Google Sheets Add-on that works with Google Classroom to create a roster for each of your assignments and allows you to control how the documents are being shared.

3. Goobric – This is an Add-on as well that works with Doctopus.  You can create your rubrics and then give students feedback using Goobric.  It will append the feedback to the end of their document along with a recording of any audio comments.

You can watch the following video to see how this works together, and I’ve outlined the basic steps below, and here is a great resource with detailed instructions.


  1. Create an assignment in Google Classroom with each student getting their own copies of a Google Doc template.
  2. Have students open their copy of the Google Doc – they don’t have to write anything, just open it once.
  3. Create a blank Google Sheet – spreadsheet and start Doctopus – under Add-ons
  4. Select Google Classroom for the roster and then your class and assignment.  It will find all of the assignments that were opened in Step 2.  Don’t worry if some students didn’t open – you can easily refresh later.
  5. Follow the prompts in Doctopus and you’ll see it generate a list of your students with links to their assignments.
  6. Create a rubric in a Google spreadsheet with your grading criteria along the top and the scores in column A. Be sure to leave A1 blank.
    1. Save this rubric as in a folder called Rubrics – This can be a shared folder that you work on with colleagues.  The more simple/less wordy your rubric is, the better. You don’t want a rubric that takes up three pages of your students’ documents.  Here is an Example.
  7. From the Doctopus side pane, Attach Goobric and select the rubric from the folder you just created.
  8. When you are ready to give feedback, you can open the first assignment in the Google Sheet list and look for the Goobric “Eye” in the top Address bar of Chrome browser.  Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 8.51.11 AM
  9. The rubric should show up on top and you give complete.  There is an option on the right side to record an audio comment.Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 9.08.35 AM
  10. When you are finished grading the first paper, there is a Submit button and then Next to bring up the next paper to grade.

Bonus Credit:

  • You can grade a paper multiple times and the student will see each set of feedback so they can track their improvement.
  • Wlth Doctopus – you can give other students access each other’s papers so they can give feedback with the Goobric Eye.

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