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Doctopus
An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive.
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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
Reviews
A User of Doctopus
November 14, 2019
Frustrated lately as it no longer allows me to update the list of assignments once I've ingested them; it isn't updating properly to show new submissions that have been "Turned In"
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A user of Doctopus
November 21, 2019
I'm having the same issue...
A User of Doctopus
November 2, 2019
It seems amazing
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A User of Doctopus
October 31, 2019
I did LOVE Doctopus and I called all my children Andrew Stillman (all three). However you can't embargo documents anymore because Google broke something and you get this message "UiApp has been deprecated. Please use HtmlService instead." Many great addons affected. Sad.
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A User of Doctopus
October 3, 2019
Last year I was able to import my roster from Teacher Dashboard, but now it will not let me choose this as an option. Not sure if it is a teacher dashboard issue or a doctopus issue.
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A User of Doctopus
February 12, 2019
I hate it!!!!!!!!/octopuses are tasty/////$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$(rjg2fqger,hfgq,urviuwegkaaaau)btw im just hacking in im 9
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A user of Doctopus
November 22, 2019
uh oh stanky poo poo brain pp is smol
A user of Doctopus
April 30, 2019
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Jamie Joyner lol
A user of Doctopus
February 22, 2019
your slow
A User of Doctopus
August 7, 2018
Great app! My students submit assignments through Google Drive. This is a great way to organize folders for student submissions, especially if you have a lot of students. It's a big time saver!
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A User of Doctopus
March 15, 2018
I really love the way that Doctopus allows you to tab through the Goobric while suggesting or editing a Google Doc. What would be really neat is if the CheckMark extension (which allows you to create abbreviations for your comments) could run simultaneously.
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Mr H Stayte
February 3, 2018
Fantastic add-on, especially when used with Goobric! Amazing!
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A User of Doctopus
November 21, 2017
Kamil Jaszkowiak
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Dave Miller
November 1, 2017
I love it!
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