Google Classroom, Doctopus and Goobric
The Ultimate Workflow!
Oli Trussell, Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer
Setting up a class is easy. Got to classroom.google.com and add a new class. You can invite students by sending them an email, or giving them a sign up code (provided for you).
Set your class an assignment. You could give them a templated doc from your drive to work on or let students create their own doc. If selecting a file from your Drive, make sure you select ‘Make a copy for each student’.
Students access the assignment on Google Classroom. You can view all of their work from Google Classroom, and it is also stored in a folder in your Google Drive called ‘Classroom.
In your Google Drive, create a new spreadsheet that will house all of your students grades and marking rubric scores. Give it an appropriate title (e.g. Year 10 Writing Assignment).
Click ‘Add-ons’ > ‘Get add-ons...’ and search for Doctopus. You only have to do this once. On any new spreadsheets you can just launch Doctopus directly from the Add-on menu.
- In the sidebar you will need to choose ‘Ingest Google CR assigment’.
- This pulls in all the information and links from your assignment onto this handy spreadsheet.
- Follow the instructions to choose your class and then the assignment then press the ‘Ingest Assignment’ button.
You should now have a spreadsheet filled with all of your students and their assignment links. You can add grades and written feedback here to email students, or take it one stage further with……… Goobric!
Goobric allows you to use marking rubrics incredibly easily with Google Docs. It’s easier than ever with the new web app which displays the rubric at the top of the screen and allows you to flick between different student’s assignments at the touch of a button.
Create a new Spreadsheet in your Google Drive. Either copy and paste a marking rubric or create your own.
In your Doctopus spreadsheet, click ‘Attach Goobric’ in the sidebar.
If it’s your first time using Goobric you will have to click the links in Step 1 and 2 to install Goobric in Chrome and to authorise the web app. Again, this is a one-time only step.
Select the Goobric you designed earlier then press the ‘Attach Goobric to Assignment’ button.
Click on one of the links to go to one of your student’s assignments. You’ll notice in the address bar there is a new icon. Click on it to open Goobric.
You can click on the appropriate score for each category and then press ‘Submit’. This will append a timestamped rubric at the end of the Google Doc. You can come back and fill out the rubric again and submit as many as you need. Each time a new rubric will be pasted at the bottom - a great way to track progress. You also have the option to email the student. (See screenshots below).
At the bottom of the Goobric screen there is a link to the new web app. This has a much cleaner feel and is easier to navigate. You can easily include comments and switch between students from one window. (Screenshot below). UPDATE! You can now also include voice comments!
One of the best features is that each time you fill out a rubric the information is automatically passed back to your Doctopus spreadsheet. You can find each submission in a new sheet called ‘rubricScores’. No more paper filing and a great overview of your class and their progress through each individual category.
By combining the ease of distributing assignments that you get from Google Classroom, with the simple way to grade and feedback using Doctopus and Goobric, you get an incredibly powerful paperless workflow. You can update Goobrics as many times as you want which makes it a really powerful formative tool.
Here is an accompanying video guide that I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgsZOLvsnos
I’d love to hear how you get on if you implement this workflow. Get in touch via the links below!