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docAppender


"The missing link between Google Forms and Google Docs!"

docAppender appends Google Form question responses to the bottom of selected Google Documents.  

Use a Google Form to select which Doc(s) to append from a list, multiple-choice, or checkbox Form question -- pre-populated with Doc titles from a folder in Drive.

Decide which Form questions to append, and choose whether you want responses appended to Docs as bulleted lists or tables.

INSTALLATION
BASIC USE
  1. Connect to a folder in Drive that contains a set of Google Documents that you want yourself or other user(s) to be able to select from a question in the Form.
  2. Choose the form question that will serve as the "Doc picker."  Interesting permutations include the ability to include an "Append all" option, or the use of custom Document names or checkbox style questions to append multiple Docs at once.
  3. Choose the form questions whose responses you want appended to the selected Doc when new Form submissions arrive.
  4. Choose which format to use to append the form questions:
    1. Bulleted list
    2. Vertical table
    3. Rows in the same horizontal table
FEATURES
  • Hooks up to a folder in Drive, turning one of your form questions into a Doc picker -- including the ability to use checkboxes or a "Select all" question to append a single form response to multiple docs.
  • Lets you choose which question responses to append -- e.g. leaving certain questions out can be a powerful way to keep "shared" and "private" feedback on the same doc separate.
  • Can include Timestamp and Username as fields to include.
  • Appends form responses in one of three ways: Bulleted list, separate vertical tables, or new rows in a single horizontal table.
STUDENT DATA PRIVACY
Have questions about how docAppender handles student data? Check out this terms of use document.

DEVELOPERS

  • Find the code for the docAppender Add-on on GitHub (coming soon)

USAGE PATTERNS (launched Fall 2014)


IDEAS FOR USAGE
  • Keep a Google Document per student where you log a running record of observations around a particular skill, like reading or numeracy.
  • Use for documenting teach inter-visitations, where each teacher gets a single running document of all visits to their classroom.
  • Great for applying custom, Forms-based rubric assessments on student documents.  Integrates nicely with Google Classroom assignments -- just choose the folder that contains all student Docs and get on with grading all "turned in" docs in your own merry way.
  • Set up a single Doc per kid via autoCrat or Doctopus and then post daily or weekly "prompts" to the end of the doc via a Google Form. 
  • Great for peer review protocols on student Docs that you have editing rights on.  Give all students the link to your form and their peer assessments will all paste into the bottom of the selected student doc.
Join the docAppender users' community

If you have any questions about using docAppender, or to share out successes you've had in using it, please join the docAppender user's community on Google Plus!


VIDEO TUTORIALS


Physical Education guru Adam Howell shows how to use docAppender (along with Doctopus) to create a personalized, running fitness log and feedback loop for his students.







ABOUT THE AUTHOR / MAINTAINER

  Andrew Stillman worked in outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest prior to a ten year stint in the New York City Department of Education, where he worked as a science and math teacher, and later as founding assistant principal and engineering educator for the Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering in Harlem, NYC.  Andrew joined New Visions for Public Schools in 2011, where he has focused his energies on innovating strategies and tools to bring better ways of working to everyone from the classroom teacher to the back office administrator.  When Andrew is not coding, he loves working on "maker" projects with his two young kids, cooking spicy food, or riding his bike.