Goobric Gets New “Libraries” Feature

Goobric is the New Visions CloudLab’s popular browser-based rubric tool for Google Drive that streamlines the assessment of digital documents.  Today we’re proud to announce–in partnership with Literacy Design Collaborative, a national non-profit committed to supporting teachers’ ability to support rigorous student writing and reading comprehension–the launch of an exciting new feature in Goobric called Libraries.

Libraries are specially-tagged Google Drive folders that teachers can use to collect and share rubrics for use with the Goobric web app.

 

This means that teams of teachers can collaborate around shared folders of rubrics, which is a great way to improve efficiency (a.k.a. take back the weekend) while also encouraging strong professional norms around assessment.  In addition to fostering practice-sharing between teachers, we think this feature will be useful to instructional coaches in supporting teachers or leading curriculum alignment efforts across departments and districts.

Additionally, the Browse Published Libraries link allows teachers to select from a gallery of high quality, standards-based rubric libraries published by education agencies like the New York State Education Department and educational non-profits such as New Visions for Public Schools and the Literacy Design Collaborative.  Organizations interested in publishing a Goobric library can learn more here.

What are Goobric and Doctopus, and how do I get started?

Goobric is a Google Chrome extension that enables you to score student work stored on Google Drive within your browser. Goobric can email feedback to your students, store scores in a spreadsheet, and automatically advance from one student's assignment to the next. Goobric works with assignments distributed via Google Classroom as well as through Doctopus, a Google Spreadsheets-based assignment distribution tool.


Goobric displays a rubric above your student's work in Google Drive to let you score student work without leaving the Google Apps environment.

For more information on getting started with Doctopus and Goobric, see New Visions helpful getting started guide.

What are the advantages of using Google Drive to manage and assess student work?

Since its release 7 years ago, Google Apps for EDU has gained over 65 million users in K-12.  Student and teacher Drive accounts are often used as a baseline productivity and storage platform in schools—the go-to for managing rich student production tasks like critical essays, multimedia presentations or math and science lab reports.

What’s the draw? At its simplest level, teachers who have gone Google with their students have discovered a world of lossless writing instruction.  Gone are the days of forgotten or dog-eaten drafts, corrupted USB drives, or mysteriously-failed email attachments—the bane of teachers trying to accomplish long-format, multi-day, collaborative or revision-intensive writing tasks with their students. 

Although the losslessness of Google Drive is a huge win, realistically, the collection, organization and assessment of digital work can still pose major challenges at the scale of teaching—that is, without additional tools to help with workflow.  This is one reason the Literacy Design Collaborative approached the CloudLab requesting support in finding teacher-friendly technological solutions.  Fortunately, automated copying, naming, sharing and foldering of template docs can be accomplished with a number of applications like New Visions CloudLab’s Doctopus, Hapara’s Teacher Dashboard (TD), or Google Classroom (Classroom).

This pre-sharing of starter docs between teachers and students is more revolutionary than one might expect, as it means a shift to fully transparent writing instruction.  Beyond cutting down on the perennial shuffling, stacking and warehousing of student work in manila folders and its handing-out and disappearance into an abyss of student backpacks, this transparency shift gives an unprecedented chance for educators to assess work throughout the writing process, suggest changes, interact with students via comments and monitor progress from the moment work begins.  Given that feedback and revision are critical drivers in learning to write well, the pre-shared doc couldn’t be more important to student learning.

The CloudLab team is committed not only to developing innovative tools, but also to giving educators the resources necessary to streamline their adoption. Our latest guide shows you how you can leverage the full power of  the Doctopus Add-on and Goobric Web App to utilize the new Libraries feature.  Anyone who has tried to sustain it can attest, rubric-based grading can be a clunky and time-consuming pile of accounting–particularly when student work is in digital form. If you are a teacher, this is where the Doctopus Add-on and Goobric Web App will completely rock your world.

Want to give these tools a try?

  1. Check out a our latest guide on Doctopus and Goobric “Libraries features”
  2. If you don’t have it, set up Google Apps for EDU for your school
  3. Install the Doctopus Add-on for Google Sheets
  4. Watch a few of the video tutorials
  5. Join the Doctopus users’ community on Google Plus to pose questions and share best practices
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