Showing posts with label Comments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Comments. Show all posts

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Update to Copy Options in Google Docs

Until recently, when you made a copy of a Google Doc, you could only make a copy of the document itself. If was not possible to move any comments over to a copy of the doc. Until now! Google just released an update that allows you to not only copy the document, but include the comments and suggestions as well. You will see this option when you go to file then make a copy. Just tick the box to include the comments on the copy of the document.

There are times when it will be most helpful for the comments to be copied with a document. Imagine this scenario. You have a document with several paragraphs of text that you want students to read. You have inserted a couple of questions for each paragraph using the comments feature. Now each student can get a copy of the doc with the comments and they can reply directly to the comments to answer the questions.

The ability to make a copy of the comments applies to Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings might seems like a minor change, but it is going to provide us with some additional ways to interact on Google documents.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Why My Blog Posts and YouTube Videos Don't Have Comments

Over the last couple of months I've had a handful of people ask me why my Practical Ed Tech videos have commenting disabled. This afternoon someone asked me the same about my blog posts here.

I have comments disabled on my videos because the vast majority of YouTube comments don't add anything of value to the Internet. There are 100 things in my day that are better uses of my time than moderating comments from Internet trolls.

I disabled comments on about two years ago. I disabled the comments because I was spending a ton of time moderating comments that weren't genuine. The few genuine comments were usually "how to" questions or questions seeking alternative tools. I found that I was better at answering those questions in email than I was in post comments where the good stuff often got lost in the shuffle. If my blog posts were of a more conversational nature, I would turn on commenting.

The FreeTech4Teachers Facebook page allows comments and I try to answer questions there. I also reply to questions on Twitter (generally during the day and early evening, Eastern Time). You can always email me at richardbyrne (at) And if you're interested in what's going on my personal life, my Instagram account is full of pictures of my dogs, planes, woods, and other random things.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Comments on the Weekend

I'm going fishing at a friend's camp/cabin/cottage on Kennebago Lake (Eisenhower fished there) in western Maine for the weekend. I have posts scheduled to go live over the weekend, but I won't be able to moderate comments until I return to home on Sunday. If you leave a comment it will be saved, but you won't be able to see it until Sunday. Have a great weekend.