Thursday, December 27, 2012

Using Google Forms and the Autocrat Google Apps Scripts to Provide Automated Individualized Feedback to Students

[Old Sheets]Using the combination of Google Forms and the Autocrat Google Apps Script, teachers can save hours of time and still provide quality feedback to your students.

Update March 2014
Google has just created Add ons  in Google Docs & Sheets which make installing and managing Autocrate easier. Here is the link to Jay Atwood's Autocrat add-on tutorial video.

My YouTube tutorial on how use Google Forms and 
the Autocrat Google Apps Script to
 create individualized feedback for students 

Create a Grading Scoring Guide using Google Forms.  You can set this up in variety of ways:  you can use standards based grading or use a numerical scale deciding how many points are assigned to each area you are evaluating.  

Google Apps Script is a JavaScript cloud scripting language that provides easy ways to automate tasks across Google products and third party services.

Using the Autocrat Google Apps Script created by +Andrew Stillman allows you to use the responses you placed in your Google Form to provide individualized feedback to your students on their assignments.
You must have the  e-mails/usernames of your students Google Apps for Education accounts.

In this instance, you will use the Autocrat Google Apps Script very much like an mail merge.  
Documents to create to before you begin
  • Your Scoring Guide/Rubric
  • Google Form version of your Scoring Guide/Rubric
  • The Google Document Feedback template that will be used to create the individualized Google Documents with the information populated from your Google form when you graded their assignment. 

  • Provide your feedback in a different color than the rest of your document.  This is done by changing the text color in your Google Document Feedback template information fields.
  • Follow the formatting rules in the Autocrat process. Be sure to include the $ and  matching case exactly for the information fields.

Other resources about Google Apps Scripts:

Google Scripts for Edu Chat led by +Jennifer Magiera and +Jay Atwood  

Doctopus Demo and Questions led by +JR Ginex-Orinion 

+Andrew Stillman's Google Plus Page with his multiple posts about his many Google Apps Scripts

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Downstage Center Podcast- From The American Theatre Wing (The Tonys)

Go in-depth with the leading artists and professionals working on stage today when you go Downstage Center. Downstage Center is the American Theatre Wing's acclaimed weekly theatrical interview program that spotlights the creative talents on Broadway, Off-Broadway, across the country and around the world, with in-depth conversations that simply can't be found anywhere else. 

I am enthralled by these fascinating conversations.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 Survey of Theatre Education in US High Schools- Teaching Theatre Magazine

The Educational Theatre Association and Utah State University partnered to conduct a survey assessing the state of theatre arts education in United States high schools.   This month's Teaching Theatre Magazine is devoted to the results of the the survey. 
Please click the link below to view the digital copy of Teaching Theatre.