Thursday, September 27, 2012

Google Drive Class Folders

Google Apps offers a great variety of powerful tools for teaching and learning. One of the sticky issues we encounter involves the organization and tracking of a myriad of student documents. This script (a small app that is triggered by code embedded within a Google document, in this case a spreadsheet), uses a class list (available through the Portal) to generate a set of folders with specific permissions for organizing documents for students.

The three folders set the following permissions:

  • Class Edit ~ These will be files that are editable by everyone in the class
    • Example: Group Assignments
  • Class View ~ These will be files that are only viewable by everyone in the class
    • Example: Worksheet templates, exemplars
  • Student Dropbox ~ This is only between the teacher and the particular student.
    • Example: Handing in homework
  • Formative Assessment can be provided through the use of comments within the page.  Teachers and students can choose to be notified via email when new comments are added and view them as a stream within the document itself.
If you are interested in using this format, follow the gClassFolders link and follow the instructions, or visit the PDC and we'll help you set things up.

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