Saturday, April 20, 2013

gClassFolders Version 2 Improves Google Drive File Management

Last fall I introduced many of you to gClassFolders. gClassFolders is a Google Drive script that will create folders for you for as many course sections as you need. The concept behind it is this; students have a "dropbox" folder in their Google Drive accounts that you have shared with them. To submit work students drag files into that "dropbox" folder. From there gClassFolders sorts submissions to the correct folder for each student.

The latest version of gClassFolders is part of gClassHub which includes other useful scripts like Doctopus. This means that after your students have submitted their work through Google Drive you can grade it, write feedback, and have emails sent to students from one spreadsheet in your Google Drive account.

Some other highlights of the latest version of gClassFolders include the option to add students to add students without having to re-create all of your folders and an option for moving students from one class to another without having to re-create folders.

Applications for Education
It does take a few tries to really understand using gClassFolders and Doctopus. Once you get the hang of it though it can save you a ton of time in the management of the files that students share with you. Visit the instructions page on gClassFolders for detailed directions on running gClassFolders.

The Week in Review - Thinking About Summer In the Snow

Good morning from Greenwood, Maine. It has been a week like no other here in New England. In a matter of minutes on Monday I went from celebrating a Red Sox win to worry and sadness for my friends in Boston. Like everyone else, I was very happy to hear that the second suspect was arrested last night.

The last seven days have been busy. Last Saturday morning I announced the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp while I was waiting for a flight in snowy Fargo, North Dakota. More than one-third of the seats have already been sold for that event. I also spent quite a bit of time this week creating new materials for a new webinar series that I'm going to officially announce next week. It's going to be all about blogging. And to wrap-up my week I've put together the list of the most frequently read posts of the week.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 10 Good Video Sources for Math Students and Teachers
2. Updated Again - Best of the Web 2013
3. Slides and Outlines from my Presentations at TAIS
4. Come Relax and Learn With Me This Summer
5. 5 Free Timers to Help You Time Classroom Activities and Breaks
6. Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction Offers Hundreds of Visuals
7. 5 Good Places to Learn to Write HTML

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