Authentic Digital Feedback
I've been able to listen in on Impact Checks the last couple of weeks and I have had the great opportunity to learn about all of the great things that are going on here in the Elbert County School District. One of the things that I have heard is that teachers are using the comments feature in Google Docs to help students with the writing process. I was so proud to hear that this is being embraced and I think that it is really going to help our students become better writers. One of the questions that was asked was "Clint, how can we make this more authentic" I did some research and have come across a Free resource that I have pushed out to everyone in the district called Kaizena. Kaizena is a way to leave voice comments on Google Documents. I know that it can be difficult to have a writing conference with all students in your class. Now you can do that all at once! " Hey everyone, get your chromebook and load the Kaizena addon and listen to the feedback I left you". With Kaizena students can respond back to you with voice or text as well. The audio feedback stays so students can listen to you again and again if they need to. To load Kaizena simply open a Google Document and navigate to "Add ons" on top of the page. Choose Kaizena. The first time that you ever open the program you will have to go through a one time set up process. Choose teacher (students will choose students). You will need to type in your school and the subject that you teach. Once completed you are good to go and you can start leaving voice and text comments. Below is a 10 minute tutorial video. This really helped me have a greater understanding of Kaizena. if you would like more information about this resource please let me know and I would be happy to schedule a time to meet with you or your team.
Also, here is a video of teachers talking about how they use Kaizena in their class.