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Doctopus and Goobric

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on April 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM

As I've written before, this is my first year using Chromebooks in my classroom.  Prior to this year a few colleagues (Thank You Patrick Donovan) started talking to me about Doctopus.  This Google extension allows you to distribute copies of a Google Doc to the entire classroom so that each student can edit the doc as they see fit.  Another Google extension called Goobric allows you to distribute a rubric to go along with each document shared with the students.  This combination of distribution of workflow and ability to provide meaningful student feedback is as peanut butter is to jelly.


Setting up Doctopus to use in your classes does require a bit of backend work.  You will either have to manually create a classroom spreadsheet or upload a .csv file from which to create your class roster.  However, a nice little cheat that I used is to have your students complete a Google form and create your class roster from that.  Once you have the class roster, you want to make sure you add the Doctopus extension.  Once you add the extension it's a step by step process that's really easily to follow.  There are many different options for how you go about distributing student copies to tailor to meet your needs.  Once you distribute the documents you get the option to add a Goobric.  Trust me, add a Goobric!


To set up Goobric you'll want to use Google Sheets to create your rubric.  When you do this leave A1 open; you must do this or it won't work.  I found this out the hard way.  Running Goobric will not only allow you to be able to score student work, leave comments, and leave audio notes as well but also students are able to see the rubric while they're working on the document.  I've included a video below that gives much more detail than I can provide here.  However, it's well worth your time to explore.


The importance of improving student learning by providing meaningful corrective feedback to students cannot be understated; the combination of Doctopus and Goobric does just that.  Not only can these tools be used in the classroom but also for professional development purposes throughout any school district or organization.  Though these tools take a bit of backend work to set up, but it will be well worth your and your students time to do so.  Enjoy!


Demonstration Video Link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-OQnIE9I0oaMFFncGxvWl9Va00/view?usp=sharing

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