Digital Distribution (Doctopus): Doctopus Screenshot Feedback 2.png

 
 
 
Feedback 2.png
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This screenshot shows one of the reasons why I like using Google and Doctopus to distribute quest contracts. Since the contracts are located in Google, I have a shareable link I can give to parents so they are able to track their child's progress in class.
  • Doctopus Screenshot Feedback 2.png
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screenshot shows one of the reasons why I like using Google and Doctopus to distribute quest contracts. Since the contracts are located in Google, I have a shareable link I can give to parents so they are able to track their child's progress in class.
 
Learning Apps

Digital Distribution (Doctopus)

Doctopus is a widget you can use in Google to distribute documents. I use Doctopus because it's the only tool that I know of that will allow me to distribute a copy of a document to each student in view only mode (Google Classroom at this point only allows for edit only mode). I use Doctopus to distribute the Quest Contracts to students so that each student has access to the document (please see my "Model Overview" to learn about Quest Contracts). I have viewing and editing privileges, whereas each student only has viewing privileges. This widget allows me to update my students' Quest Contracts on my iPad after they have mastered an activity. The student can then go into the same document and view what they have completed and what they still need to complete. Doctopus also works with Google Classroom to allow me to important Google Classroom rosters. 

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Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a screencast of what the documents look like in my Google Drive once I complete a Doctopus distribution of materials. My students have viewing access of their Quest Contracts and I have both editing and viewing privileges. I can make adjustments to the Quest Contracts as I assess my students' activities and determine that they have mastered the material.
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screenshot shows one of the reasons why I like using Google and Doctopus to distribute quest contracts. Since the contracts are located in Google, I have a shareable link I can give to parents so they are able to track their child's progress in class.
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a screencast of what the documents look like in my Google Drive once I complete a Doctopus distribution of materials. My students have viewing access of their Quest Contracts and I have both editing and viewing privileges. I can make adjustments to the Quest Contracts as I assess my students' activities and determine that they have mastered the material.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screenshot shows one of the reasons why I like using Google and Doctopus to distribute quest contracts. Since the contracts are located in Google, I have a shareable link I can give to parents so they are able to track their child's progress in class.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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