Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Google Scripting: Doctopus & Goobric

Today's blogger is Maria Esterline, Systems Analyst and Instructional Technology Coordinator with Westfield Washington Schools.



First of all, I want to express my gratitude to @mkcarnahan, @evolvewithkim, and @mrg_3 for the opportunity to share this incredible tool with you.  I first heard of this neat tool at a recent Central Indiana Educational Service Center Teacher Leadership Certification (#ciesctlc) session from an Assistant Principal at College Wood Elementary in Carmel, Indiana, @ChrisLAtkinson.  Mr. Atkinson shared some incredible ways to implement Google Scripting, specifically Doctopus, in the classroom to provide meaningful feedback to students within a class roster spreadsheet.  I am passionate about purposefully immersing technology into the curriculum so I immediately jumped on the Google bandwagon and researched it to discover all the resources possible to learn about Google Scripting.  As an Instructional Technology Coordinator at Westfield Washington Schools (WWS), my role is to support teachers by sharing effective technology tools that can be incorporated into the curriculum.  A fantastic educator shared this tool with me and I'm just passing it along to you.  Time is of the essence and I want to make it valuable by sharing tools that will benefit both students and teachers at WWS.

image via newvisions.org and google image
Google Doctopus is a game changer for all educators from kindergarten to college.  As an educator, we want to be able to provide meaningful feedback and study the usage of the resource we provide for our students.  Thanks to the creative mind of Andrew Stillman who developed Google Scripting, Doctopus will help save educators time and be able to keep the focus on providing the meaningful response back to individual students with tools such as Google Spreadsheet and Document.  Doctopus truly simplifies the sharing of assignments and resources to students seamlessly and virtually without having to walk to the copier to make a trillion copies and pass it out to students while hoping in the back of our minds that all students received that resource or assignment.   By creating a class roster with student email addresses, teachers can share the resource and assignments to the students with one click. There is some setting up work ahead of time, but it is totally worth discovering and set up.  This tool is a life saver for any teacher.  I'm reminded of the Related Arts teachers with the hundreds of students they see each day and how this tool could benefit them in so many ways. Also, I think about the English teachers and the numerous papers  they receive on various literary analysis throughout the year.  Google Doctopus will allow English teachers to share the formatting of an upcoming paper with the students so that they can see how the document should be set up. Once you completed setting up class roster and download the Doctopus (added script) to Google spreadsheet, you can basically share folders with resources for the students.  The sky is the limit with this incredible tool!  

I cannot talk about Doctopus without mentioning the amazing tool called Goobric.  Doctopus and Goobric go together like salt and pepper.  Goobric allowed teachers to build a rubric that goes with the assignment and share it with the students.  Goobric also allows teachers to grade students work within the rubric and then send the results back to the students.  WOW!  I'm truly blown away by the magic of technology.  
image via google images
Below you will see two videos that walk you through step-by-step instructions to implement Google Scripting Doctopus and Goobric into your classroom. What a blessing it is that technology can help us give credit and praise to those such as Katie Grassel and Jay Atwood for their hard work in creating this video tutorial.  A huge thanks to Richard Byrne for sharing this resource on his site.  

Doctopus Demonstration by: Katie Grassel




Doctopus 4.0 and Goobric Walkthrough by: Jay Atwood


I hope you enjoy this tool, and please don't hesitate to email me at esterlinem@wws.k12 or tweet me @learnwithmaria if I can be of support to you in implementing this tool in your class.

Happy Googling!

Maria Esterline



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