Friday, October 31, 2014

Don't be Afraid of Doctopus...

As a teacher, there is nothing more frustrating (or “frightening,” it is Halloween after all) than trying to wrap up grading those last few projects created in Google and seeing this image….
It happens to the best of us, not unlocking the Google padlock to be able to share our work with the world!  Ms. Ruden, the art teacher the Middle School, has been exploring a product which aids in organizing class projects and makes it easy to share templates with a large group of students called Doctopus.  No, it’s not a character in a James Bond film, but a product created by an experienced teacher, who understands the difficulty in organizing 100+ electronic student projects.

Ms. Ruden is using the Doctopus Google Add-On to share a Google Slide template she created with her 8th grade students for a project about elements and principals of art.  The Slide Deck serves as a portfolio space, where students add photos they take to represent different art elements.  Doctopus automatically organizes all of the student projects into a folder in Ms. Ruden’s Google Drive and gives each student their own copy of the file that Ms. Ruden has ownership of.  So, there are no longer any permission issue headaches!

I know it’s Halloween, but please don’t be scared of Doctopus.  Once you understand the process, it can make your teacher life a lot easier, more organized, and help you to take steps towards a more paperless classroom.

If you’d like any assistance with trying Doctopus in your class or other technology assistance, feel free to contact me.

- Contribution from Amber Bridge, Grant Wood AEA Technology Consultant.

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