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An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive.
Doctopus gives teachers the ability to mass-copy (from a starter template), share, monitor student progress, and manage grading and feedback for student projects in Google Drive.

Its tentacles copy and "hand out" Drive files to a roster of students, giving teachers full control over starter template, sharing configuration, folder organization and file naming, as well as visibility over all work in progress -- including the ability to bulk revoke and revert student editing rights around submission deadlines, as well the ability to fetch word, revision, and comment counts on all student files.

Created by veteran science teacher and school administrator Andrew Stillman, Doctopus is built with teacher workflow in mind -- taming complexity and unlocking the power of Google Apps for differentiation and collaborative projects.  

Doctopus increases student collaboration and enables a powerful shift in teacher workflow --  scaling teachers' ability to manage and assess writing tasks and projects that motivate rich, authentic student production and collaboration (e.g. the development of core career, college, and 21st-century skills).

The Goobric Chrome extension works alongside Doctopus to enable rubric-based grading of Google Docs right in a browser popup window using the rubric of your design.  Once a rubric score is submitted, Goobric auto-records scores in your spreadsheet and automatically provides students instant rubric scores and comments via email.  Heck, if it's a Google Document, Goobric even pastes the filled out rubric into the bottom of the Doc.


CORE FEATURES OF DOCTOPUS

- Creates a standardized folder structure for your classes --OR-- imports your existing folder structure from gClassfolders or Hapara Teacher Dashboard.

- Manage a single assignment for your class from one spreadsheet.

- Use your class roster to create and manage pre-shared student copies of a master Doc of any type (document, presentation, spreadsheet, PDF, etc.), or a folder of Documents in four handy sharing configurations:

  -- individual - all the same: Creates the same separate, individual Doc for each student in your class.

  -- individual - differentiated: Creates one copy of a Doc for each student based on their level.

  -- project groups: Creates one shared copy of a Doc for each student project group.

  -- Whole class: Creates a SINGLE shared copy of a Doc for your whole class.

- Automatically grant view-only or comment-only privileges to the rest of the class to facilitate peer review protocols.

- Pre-organize assignments into a folder of your choosing for easy grading, and also deliver assignments to student-level folders.

- Copy and distribute whole folders full of Documents to students (with subfolders and files up to one level down)

- Standardize file naming and organize links in your spreadsheet to improve your workflow when grading.

- Omit individual students from an assignment by flagging them: "Exclude".

- Monitor the time of last edit to help you intervene when students are off track.

- Gain insight into teacher feedback and peer-collaboration.  Fetch numeric statistics on the number of revisions by student, comments by teacher, student, and peers, as well as number of peer files and comments on peers by each student.

- Easily remove and restore student editing rights during grading and revision cycles. Great for timed essays!

- Send optional notification emails upon sharing Docs with students.

- Easily send grades and feedback via email.

- Install the Goobric chrome extension and attach a rubrics to the Doctopus assignment spreadsheet to enable a rubric-based grading widget right in the browser.

- The Goobric extension automatically passes rubric scores back to Doctopus and (optionally) emails completed rubric to student editor(s).

- Now offers Google Classroom users the ability to import assignments and grade them with the Goobric extension.


A NOTE ABOUT STUDENT DATA PRIVACY

Have questions about how Doctopus handles student data? Please see the Doc linked below:
https://docs.google.com/a/newvisions.org/document/d/11J_mLOEPG5Zf-ZLyw-GylIRjPnHkhYQAqguE0fGxSsc/edit
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LUKE ALEKSANDROV
November 25, 2020
very cool
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Lucas Titman
November 20, 2020
I am a student.
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Valerie Howell
November 3, 2020
Wow! Same issue! This is extremely disappointing.
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Jessica Rudd
November 5, 2020
See Allison McMahon's post below. I used printed rubrics to test it out. Once I returned the assignment to the students, I was then able to go back, ingest the assignment, add the Goobric, and proceed as usual. I do hope they fix this soon!
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Patricia Jurczak
November 5, 2020
I am having the same issue. Have you found any work arounds?
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ZACHARY BARNETT
October 31, 2020
I used to use this a lot. For some reason when I try to ingest assignments, it doesn't recognize all of the student work turned in. It says "0 assignments turned in." It only allows me to grade the work that has not been turned in. Am I doing something wrong or is this tool just messed up?
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Patricia Jurczak
November 5, 2020
I am having the same issues. Have you found a work around?
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Dylan Leeman
October 28, 2020
Used to work great, now just a spinning wheel
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JACQUELINE GILMORE
October 23, 2020
I used to LOVE this extension! I am SHOCKED to see it has STILL not been fixed! Not only has it not been fixed, there is no explanation of why it is no longer functional. I will amend my rating when/if this is repaired. This sux!!
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Shannon Charles
October 21, 2020
This is a the very best and easiest way to grade assignments posted in Google Classroom using a rubric. I have loved it since I first learned about it.
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Jennifer Nyman
October 21, 2020
I agree, but it hasn't worked for weeks and I have essays I'd like to correct. It keeps saying that there are 0 turned in though all of my students turned in their work. Wondering why it is not fixed or why Google has not commented as to when it will be fixed.
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Alison McMahon
October 18, 2020
I've been experiencing the same issues for the last several weeks after using this add-on for years. Today I discovered that doctopus will discover assignments that have NOT been turned in. My work-around is that I returned all of my students' work w/o a grade, then ran doctopus and voila! All of the assignments appeared and I was able to add my goobric. I hope that helps y'all!
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Odilia Bacalhau
October 27, 2020
Alison, I tried this and it worked! Thanks for that!
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Shelby Erdmann
October 15, 2020
What is happening? I have been trying to ingest assignments for two weeks now and I only get a spinning wheel. The grading is piling up :( I see in the discussions that the issue was resolved for some, but not for me...
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Alison McMahon
October 18, 2020
I've been experiencing the same issues for the last several weeks after using this add-on for years. Today I discovered that doctopus will discover assignments that have NOT been turned in. My work-around is that I returned all of my students' work w/o a grade, then ran doctopus and voila! All of the assignments appeared and I was able to add my goobric. I hope that helps y'all!
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Anna Liu
October 15, 2020
Doctopus used to be a wonderful tool. Somehow it did not function very well. First, when I created a new roster, there was no "Class Edit" and "Class View" Folder anymore. Second, when I distributed homework to students, Under the “Teacher" folder, students' assignments were not there anymore. This has caused a huge problem. Will anyone fix the problem?
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Tina Kurtz
October 18, 2020
I just found my Class Edit and Class View folders nested in one of my student folders. Weird.
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Tina Kurtz
October 18, 2020
I'm having the same problem. Any news on this yet?
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