What is Class Folder Creator?
This Google Sheets Add-On is designed to help teachers with managing their digital classroom. The way it works is by creating individual folders in Google Drive for each of your students, shared where you and they both have edit access. It then organizes the folders for you within a folder for each period, like pictured in Figure 1.
This process is easy to complete using your Student Information System to create a list of student names and email addresses and clicking Create Folders.
Why use Class Folder Creator
- See student work in-progress without students “sharing”.
- Never see a “Request Permission” screen again!
- Organizes you and your students.
- Easy to use!
The purpose of this app is to create an open working environment that lets you see your students’ work while it is still in-progress. Because you are the owner of each created folder and your students have edit rights to the folder, you both see anything in there without having to share individual documents. In addition, any work submitted to an outside Learning Management System will automatically be shared to you as well, preventing the “Request Permission” dialogue that often plagues teachers.
About the Developer
Brad Shreffler is a Digital Instructional Coach, podcaster, blogger, and hobbyist programmer. While discussing with a training rep from an LMS platform, he said “the biggest benefit of Google Classroom when you have a full LMS is the way it creates an organized folder structure for you. They should really just spin that off of Google Classroom as a standalone app…” And so, he set out to make that app.
Thinking about the limitations of file sharing (the time it take, the extra step kids often forget, and the organization nightmare), he developed a tool that did what would otherwise be a tedious process each teacher would go through each quarter.
Now, load in your class list and you’re off!