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FYI Doctopus users - pushed out some important improvements yesterday.  There were a few minor glitches in the process that might have impacted users yesterday afternoon, but these should all be resolved at this point.

Please post to the Doctopus user community if you come across anything that doesn't seem right.

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NEW RELEASE V1.1 - Co-Teacher functionality

OK - It was thorny to figure out, but I think I've got the plumbing done for co-teacher workflow to be as seamless as possible.

Here's how it works:

There are two levels of sharing for collaborating teachers: roster level and assignment (or "Co-Teacher") level...

If you share another teacher on a ROSTER (from Step 1) they get the ability to use that roster in their own assignments, access to all student folders, ability to add and remove students from it, etc.   But this doesn't necessarily mean they are shared on each Doctopus ASSIGNMENT you provision for that roster.

If you share another teacher on an ASSIGNMENT (from Step 3), they get EDIT access to the Doctopus spreadsheet and all student files produced for that assignment (but not student folders, unless they already have it).  They also get COMMENT rights on the rubric, and the ability to use Goobric with that assignment.

A Co-Teacher CAN:
 - Access all student files for that assignment
 - Access the master rubric file (comment only)
 - Assess all student files using Goobric

A Co-Teacher does NOT have access to the following features:

- Setup steps 1-6  (this means they cannot add other co-teachers)
- Embargo / unembaro
- Ownership transfer
- Ability to attach or change rubrics

If you share another teacher as an editor on your Doctopus Spreadsheet via Google's "Share" button, REMEMBER THAT YOU ALSO HAVE TO RUN STEP 3 before they will be able to access any Doctopus features on that Spreadsheet.

If a user has been shared on a Doctopus assignment created prior to 4/19/14 they will get a prompt letting them know that they have not been added as a Co-Teacher by the assignment owner, and an email will be sent to the spreadsheet owner letting them know how to add the co-teacher (via Step 3).

+Eric Allatta This should answer your request of a few days ago!

Others who have tried using Doctopus on shared spreadsheets should find that a lot of strange behavior goes away with this upgrade.

Please let us all know ASAP (using this community) if you discover things aren't behaving as expected.  

Happy collaborating!

Andrew
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NEW RELEASE V1.1 - Co-Teacher functionality

OK - It was thorny to figure out, but I think I've got the plumbing done for co-teacher workflow to be as seamless as possible.

Here's how it works:

There are two levels of sharing for collaborating teachers: roster level and assignment (or "Co-Teacher") level...

If you share another teacher on a ROSTER (from Step 1) they get the ability to use that roster in their own assignments, access to all student folders, ability to add and remove students from it, etc.   But this doesn't necessarily mean they are shared on each Doctopus ASSIGNMENT you provision for that roster.

If you share another teacher on an ASSIGNMENT (from Step 3), they get EDIT access to the Doctopus spreadsheet and all student files produced for that assignment (but not student folders, unless they already have it).  They also get COMMENT rights on the rubric, and the ability to use Goobric with that assignment.

A Co-Teacher CAN:
 - Access all student files for that assignment
 - Access the master rubric file (comment only)
 - Assess all student files using Goobric

A Co-Teacher does NOT have access to the following features:

- Setup steps 1-6  (this means they cannot add other co-teachers)
- Embargo / unembaro
- Ownership transfer
- Ability to attach or change rubrics

If you share another teacher as an editor on your Doctopus Spreadsheet via Google's "Share" button, REMEMBER THAT YOU ALSO HAVE TO RUN STEP 3 before they will be able to access any Doctopus features on that Spreadsheet.

If a user has been shared on a Doctopus assignment created prior to 4/19/14 they will get a prompt letting them know that they have not been added as a Co-Teacher by the assignment owner, and an email will be sent to the spreadsheet owner letting them know how to add the co-teacher (via Step 3).

+Eric Allatta This should answer your request of a few days ago!

Others who have tried using Doctopus on shared spreadsheets should find that a lot of strange behavior goes away with this upgrade.

Please let us all know ASAP (using this community) if you discover things aren't behaving as expected.  

Happy collaborating!

Andrew
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Thanks Andrew!  I was working on a response to your ask from a couple of days ago for suggestions but you tackled it too quickly.  The two levels of sharing are going to work great for us.  I'll post more feedback when I share a new assignment later this weekend.                   
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Proud to see +New Visions for Public Schools and the Add-ons development work of the +NewVisions CloudLab team featured in this +Synergyse blog post.
 
In today's +Synergyse  blog post, we follow up to our previous post, Top 10 Google Apps Script for Education. We are happy to bring you our updated Top 10 Google Docs & Sheets Add-ons for Education. Google recently launched the Add-ons feature, which brings really useful Apps Script based extensions directly inside Docs & Sheets. We believe both teachers & students using #GoogleApps  will find these Add-ons useful. #GAFE     #GoogleDocs     #GoogleSheets 
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Thanks for sharing +Gary Johnston  - Inspiring to see this New Visions CloudLab tool used so thoughtfully in the classroom.
 
Autocrat has really helped my students as a learning tool. Here, I show how to use the new version of Autocrat and sheets to create a personalized document following formative assessment with Google Forms. 
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When I studied economics in college, I learned that market failures explain why capitalist societies still produce inefficient or wasteful outcomes.   For example, inequalities of information can produce asymmetries that cause risk to be born unduly by one party in a deal, systematically advantaging the other.

As a matter of public policy, it is considered utilitarian to remedy such market failures through regulation, so the marketplace can do its job of bringing us more efficient outcomes.

And yet it seems like the modern financial industry has essentially turned this theory of market failures into its business model, as immense human talent and resources go into INCREASING information inequality through advanced mathematical models, complex instruments, high-speed trading technologies, and the deregulation lobby.

It's time to start regulating the speculative financial professions for what they are and, more importantly, teaching our most talented students that such "unproductive plunder" is,  frankly,  an immoral and unworthy application of their talent and privilege.
We’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return.
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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-17/krugman-who-paid-25000month-study-inequality-says-nobody-wants-us-become-cuba
CUNY invests in the bandwagon featuring Mr. Krugman crying crocodile tears for the growing inequality while promoting as a solution that a group of the anointed print money and give it away to their friends to do God's work with. This investment will undoubtedly improve CUNY's reputation with all the right people. 
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Brooksie nails it again.  I happen to think the Common Core standards represent some of the most thoughtful and inclusive policy work in American education in a generation.  That we live in a time when the cable news and internet tribalization of grass-roots public opinion actually leads to such circusry is exactly why I support the Common Core.  

I support the Common Core because I want to live in a country and work in a workforce whose literacy, critical-thinking, and quantitative reasoning skills are far less concentrated in the minds (and schools) of those born with socioeconomic privilege.  Democracy stands only as strong as the public education system that shapes its citizens.
Right-wing talk radio hosts and left-wing interest groups are teaming up to defeat the most sensible school reform movement in a decade.
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+Daniel Rezac Thx for reminding me to revisit Sir Ken's important ideas.  Just re-watched his 2010 Ted Talk, Bring on the Learning Revolution.  Just a thought experiment -- the metaphor you referenced was "standardized education is to student flourishing as fast food is to nutrition" and then he extends it to suggest that the best restaurants are not franchises, but uniquely cultivated, and that Zagat or Michelin represent the model for thinking about how we might assess students.

For the sake of unpacking this argument, what exactly prevents the Common Core State Standards from being understood as a Zagat framework for the design of personalized learning?

Zagat and Michelin have clear standards / rubrics, no?  Their great benefit to diners is that we trust their ratings as being authentic indicators of food quality.  Wouldn't the designers of the Common Core make the case that this is exactly what they are trying to accomplish for students, parents, and teachers?
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It's official - the New Sheets is launching for scheduled release domains next week.  If  you're impatient, you can always work around this by launching one here:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/create?addon_store
Back in December we announced the launch of the new Google Sheets for Rapid Release domains. This new version is faster and can support larger spreadsheets.  Over the next couple of weeks, Scheduled release domain users w...
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You can also get a new sheet by visiting g.co/newsheets (or, if you want a legacy sheet, g.co/oldsheets)
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BTW - this is now fully resolved.
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+Tim Cargan This may be worth pinning to the top of this community, since a lot of folks are likely to need this fix for the OLD autoCrat SCRIPT.
 
For folks who are getting errors when trying to use versions of autoCrat predating this weekend, see below for a quick fix.
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For assignments launched prior to April 10th, users will discover that they need to re-run setup steps 1-6 before the Embargo and Goobric features will be available.  I've added an apologetic prompt to help clarify the reason for this and prevent user confusion.  Sorry again folks!
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