Add-on tools to make Google Apps for Education even better


I just learned of a few tools, thanks to Ryan Gjerde and Jedidiah Rex, to make Google Apps easier for teachers to use for online assignments and grading.

Doctopus (document + octopus) essentially acts like a giant photocopier which can send files out to individual students, project groups or the whole class.

Goobric allows for rubric-based grading of Google Drive resources (Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Folders, etc.) created via the Doctopus Script. Luther College has experimented with these.

And then there’s Flubaroo (where do they come up with these names?) that offers similar features: quickly grade online assignments, get reporting and analysis on student performance, and email students their scores, all within Google Apps.

Flubaroo small promo

No administrator involvement is needed to start using these tools. Simply follow the instructions, adding them via the Add-ons menu in a Drive document. However, we’d like to know how it goes. Please share your experience with us, either via the comments below or direct communication. Thanks.