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Tech Showcase Summary

Here is a sampling of resources from the recent Tech Showcase at Sherwood…

Creating Websites to Improve Student Engagement – Kate Lewis

This Google folder has all of the resources you help your students start designing websites.

Book Creator tips – Jessi Walsh

Using Explain Everything in Academic Support – Meghan De Leon

Instagram in the Classroom – Allen Beer

The link above is Allen’s Oak Middle School Engineering Instagram feed. This is how he shares Tech Ed experiences with students and parents. His account is private, so you will need to send him a “follow request” in order to see the photos. If you’re looking for other ideas for using Instagram in class, here is a copy of my science scavenger hunt. Students will be using Instagram tomorrow to document various chemistry examples (mixtures, physical changes, etc.)

Google Classroom and Goobrics/Doctopus – Derek PIzzuto and Kelly Lawlor

This is the link to the earlier blog post that Derek and Kelly wrote on this topic.

Using Class Badges to Gamify School

This is the link to my prior blog post. (I also talked about different ways to introduce gaming in class. I plan on writing a separate blog post in a few days that includes this information in addition to my experiences doing the Hour of Code with my students.) Two tidbits I will add now though…

1. Matt Amdur informed me that Schoology has its own badge allocation system. I am not a Schoology user (though I really want to learn), but it sounds like a pretty cool feature to me.

2. ClassCraft is a website that uses a video game in lieu of badges to reward student achievement. I’ve never used it myself. One user says, “Classcraft is like ClassDojo meets World of Warcraft.”

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Streamlining your grading with Google Classroom and Goobrics / Doctopus

Greetings!  We are pleased to have our first guest contributor this week…  Kelly Lawlor is one of our great new hires here at Oak, and she has implemented a terrific system for receiving papers and giving feedback, as well as recording all the grades… based on her suggestions below, I have now converted my grading to this system as well and absolutely LOVE it.  So, without further ado, here is her post:


As an English teacher, I have always looked for ways to ease the grading process while keeping it meaningful. I have a habit of giving excessive feedback and I was looking for ways to reduce the amount of comments I leave on student essays, and possibly quicken the whole process.

Well, I found a solution that works for me, and it all started with Google Classroom. My team (7-Blue) and I have been using Google Classroom since the second week of school. At first, it seemed very simple so we decided to give it a test run. Using Google Classroom, you automatically have an archived folder in your google drive, you can post announcements or assignments, you can grade and give feedback, you can attach media in various formats, and you can use some pretty awesome add-ons (we’ll get to that in a minute).

I use Google Classroom to assign activities and send students links to articles or videos. I like how I can push out a Google Doc to students so that it automatically makes a copy for each student. This way I don’t have 25 students per class editing one document, but each student has their own document with the assignment; the new document is even newly titled with their name for easy searching. Now, I mainly use Google classroom to collect assignments. Students easily submit their assignments from Google Drive to Google Classroom, usually with the push of a button. Then, I have all assignments in one place where I can easily see who did not submit their work, and I can quickly send them a reminder email. Plus, once they submit an assignment I become the owner of the document, so they cannot alter it until I send it back to them. Note: Students can un-submit and resubmit if needed. Lastly, all I have to do is grade, comment, and return. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still use Google Drive the old fashioned way where students share folders with me and create digital writing portfolios. This is still very useful since I want to give students feedback throughout the writing process.

Finally, I have to share with you a recent discovery that really expedites my grading process. This can help any teacher that uses a rubric to assess student work. If you combine Google Classroom, Doctopus in Google Sheets, and Goobric in the Google Chrome Store then you’ve got something magical! When I combine all of these web tools I can quickly and easily create a spreadsheet of all of my students and add a link to a recent assignment like an essay. Then, when opening a student essay to grade all I do is hover my mouse over the Goobric Icon and then my rubric for the assignment pops up. I determine how the student performed and I type in the grade on the rubric. I can add an original comment and then the rubric gets emailed back to the student. This has and will continue to greatly cut down on the time I spend grading. I only stumbled upon this a month ago, but it will tremendously impact the way I grade.

Remember, I used these after I set up my Google Classroom where I had already created and collected assignments from students.

Step One Get Google Classroom

1. Go to classroom.google.com and be sure to create an account as a teacher and not a student.

Step Two Get Doctopus

1. Open a Google Spreadsheet

2. Click on Add-ons in the menu bar, then the Get Add-ons drop down option

3. Search for Doctopus, add it, allow access, and wait for it to process

4. Click Add-ons and launch Doctopus, wait for it to load, the menu pops up at right of screen

5. Step one is to choose roster, Click “ingest Google CR assignment”

6. Then, you’ll select a class, if you have multiple classes and pull the assignment you want to grade. You can check the box to pull all assignments or just assignments that were turned in. It will take a little bit to load, but you’ll see the whole spreadsheet fill with specific information for each student and a column that has a link attachment of the student’s work.

**Then, the Doctopus menu will ask if you want to attach a Goobric. Follow next set of directions.

Step Three Get Goobric

  1. Search for the Google Chrome Store in your browser (use google chrome).

  2. Search for the Goobric App and Add it.

  3. It should then show up in your Web Address Bar.

  4. Go back to Doctopus and click attach Goobric. **However, you will have to already have rubrics created in a google spreadsheet. This is where the Goobric will pull your rubric from.

  5. After it is attached, you can hover your mouse over the Goobric and it will appear. Easy grading when you have a student essay or assginment open. Then, Submit the finished Goobric and send it back to the student.

Here is a link with more detailed directions on Doctopus and Goobric:

Detailed Directions

And this video walks you through the setup:

So… there you have it!  Thank you to Kelly Lawlor for contributing this post, and please let us know if you have any questions, or an idea you’d like to contribute.

Derek & Jeremy