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gClassFolders - Created by educators Bjorn Behrendt and Andrew Stillman

Google Drive is a great tool that can help you create a paperless classroom. The challenge for teachers who have a lot of students spread across multiple courses is management of all of the files that students share with you. gClassFolders is a Google Spreadsheets script that can help you manage the flow of Google Drive files that are shared with you.

gClassFolders is a script that will create folders for you for as many course sections as you need. The concept behind it is this; students have a "dropbox" folder in their Google Drive accounts that you have shared with them. To submit work students drag files into that "dropbox" folder. From there gClassFolders sorts submissions to the correct folder for each student.

Bjorn Behrendt, an education technology coordinator in Vermont,  has developed a quick and easy process to create folders in Google Drive for all of his students from one spreadsheet in just a few minutes.  His method, which he calls gClassFolders results in three types of folders being created:
  • Class View - Files that are view able by everyone in the class, but students cannot edit (ex: syllabus, project descriptions, rubrics).
  • Class Edit - Files that are editable by everyone in the class (ex: group projects, collective notes, brainstorming pages).
  • Student Dropbox - A folder that is shared only between you and an individual student.  This can be used as a place for students to turn in assignments.   

Just released Version 2. Great improvements. Thanks Bjorn!

gClass Handout