Using GAFE for efficient #PhysEd assessment and feedback loops part 1: Doctopus + docAppender/Goobric

Disclaimer #1: As most of you know, I’m not currently in the Physical Education classroom, so I haven’t actually tested this type of assessment loop in practice.  I am hoping that you will and give me feedback! However, this represents my best reflective thinking in how I would like to approach some of the problems that I experienced last year with creating a truly student driven, efficient system for assessment and feedback.

Disclaimer #2: This example is being used to measure SHAPE America standard 3 and in particular involves heart rate data as part of a students grade.  Essentially, this measures the standard with a performance task. I would hesitate to use only a performance task to measure student mastery of this standard.  Using heart rate data as part of a student’s grade only shows a partial picture on whether a student is physically literate. While (in my opinion) it is certainly a better measure than the oft used subjective “participation” grade, it is still incomplete.  I would argue that multiple measures of assessment should be used to determine student mastery of our national standards.

I like writing blog posts when I can keep them short and sweet.  This is part 1 in an ongoing series in how to use Google Add-Ons for assessment and feedback loops in Physical Education.  The culmination of this series will be an on-air Google Hangout showing how to setup this type of system from scratch.

I owe a lot of credit to Andrew Stillman (@astillman) and the New Visions Cloud Lab for continuing to push the boundaries with what can be done in education.  This tutorial assumes the watcher already has some prior knowledge about Doctopus and the Goobric extension.  If you are unfamiliar, check out the links to learn about these great document management and feedback solutions.

Now to the superstar of this show, docAppender.  This is a new one from Andrew and is a total gem. It completely replaces the automagical Autocrat for what I want to do as a teacher. Without much further ado, check out the tutorial and watch the magic happen!


10 Comments on “Using GAFE for efficient #PhysEd assessment and feedback loops part 1: Doctopus + docAppender/Goobric

  1. Very slick Adam – as a Google Classroom user I now want to play around with this to see how the two play together. Thanks for the great tutorial – my wheels are spinning!

  2. Really like this. I did something similar but using autocrat, but after seeing this will probably experiment with this. ( . Could the same be achieved using google classroom? As doctopus and goobric can be used within classroom?

    • Hey Adam, thanks for the reply. Yes, you are exactly where I was last year with the automagical wonders of Autocrat. Hah, actually we talked about it on this blog quite a bit: I still love it–and actually had built this incredibly complex backend using quite a few formulas so that on form submit, the merge went into student folders. I originally planned on sharing how to do that when docAppender dropped and it made things SO much easier.

      I think how docAppender works is it is native to forms and lives in forms…so it could be used with anything. As for direct connection to Classroom–it is a good question that I don’t have the answer to.

      • Ok I will have a play around and let you know. I will be doing the 2nd round of fitness testing within the next three weeks, so will want to start to bring together mine and what I have just learnt off you 😀 Loving the GAFE integration, and helping to make me to ‘work smarter not harder’ 😀

  3. Thank you for sharing this Adam. I am quite new to Google Drive and have just mastered Autocrat but definitely see the potential of this. Will try this with my BTEC Sport students who are currently undertaking a Fitness Testing and Training unit of work.

  4. I can’t wait to get this set up and using it in my classes! Thanks for such an informative post. I have a feeling this is going to become a major “game-changer” for my classes. 🙂

  5. Wow! Just WOW. My brian is in a bit of a spin, but I am determined to use it. Great tutorial. Thanks

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