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Install doctopus from any Google Spreadsheet, though preferably one that you can use as a one-time roster for tracking a particular project with a particular group of students.
Install from the Script Gallery...accessible from the "Tools" menu in a Google Spreadsheet.
Currently, Doctopus is in the "featured" section of the gallery!
If you are unable to locate Doctopus in the script gallery, copy the spreadsheet linked (File->Make copy) below and it will already be installed on your copy.
Some things have changed since the first release of Doctopus:
- It now has a "Individual - Differentiated" option which allows individual assignments to be distributed by student "level."
- It now allows whole class comment ability to be added to facilitate peer review.
- It lets you distribute folders full of resources in addition to Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, and Drawings.
- As of Doctopus 4.0 it now connects to a Chrome extension called "Goobric" which lets you associate a rubric with your Doctopus assignment and do rubric-based grading right in the top corner of your browser.
+Jay Atwood did a crystal clear video documenting the use of Goobric with Doctopus:
If you like Doctopus, you'll probably also like:
autoCrat - easy to use, flexible Docs merge utility that does personalized creation, sharing, and emailing of templated Docs using Google Spreadsheet data.
formMule - a multipurpose, flexible merged email creator that runs from Google Spreadsheets
First time users might also find this interview / blog post about Doctopus useful.
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