Showing posts with label Google Docs Voice Comments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Docs Voice Comments. Show all posts

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kaizena - Streamlined Voice Commenting in Google Docs

Kaizena is a free Google Docs Add-on that makes it easy to add voice comments to your documents and to the documents that students share with you. Today, the Kaizena team announced a new streamlined version of their Google Docs Add-on. The new version lets you record your voice comments without having to ever leave the document.

Once you have the Kaizena Add-on installed and open, you can simply highlight any piece of text in a document and then click the record icon to record a voice comment. Kaizena also supports writing comments.

One other awesome aspect of Kaizena is the option to link your comments to a lesson that you have stored in your Kaizena account. For example, you could highlight a misuse of "their" or "there" in a student's document and then link that highlight to a lesson about homonyms.

Applications for Education
Kaizena provides a great way to efficiently deliver feedback to your students about their documents. The combination of voice comments with direct links to a lesson could be very helpful to students who might otherwise be confused by the voice comment alone or the lesson alone.

You can learn more about Google Docs Add-ons in my on-demand course, G Suite for Teachers

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Three Options for Adding Voice Comments in Google Docs

Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on student learning. In order for feedback to have a positive impact it should be provided in a timely manner, focus on process, and provide ideas for taking action. You can achieve all of these things using typed comments in Google, but why not make even more of an impact by leaving voice comments? This can be a powerful way to motivate and engage students.

  • Kaizena- Easy way to provide high quality voice feedback for students.
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome- Leave voice comments for students inside of Google Docs. Make sure you register for a free teacher account to have this functionality.
  • Talk and Comment- This extension makes it possible to create voice recordings and use them anywhere you can share a URL. To use this extension in Google Docs, simply place the link to your recorded feedback in a comment box and save it. 

Applications for Education 
These tools can be used by students to provide feedback to their peers or to reflect on their own learning. This would be a great way to have students explain items they have included in a digital portfolio.