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If you're sick of carrying around stacks of reports and essays for grading, this site's for you! Kaizena can be used a either a stand alone website or a Google Docs add-on. Either way you access it, Kaizena is a great tool that lets you quickly and easily add voice or text comments as well as skills assessments and links to lessons within your students' work. Common comments can be saved so that you're not constantly retyping or re-recording the same things. You're sure to find that recording voice comments goes a lot faster than writing everything out. Plus you won't have to worry about hand cramps from that dreaded red pen!
Here's how it works:
- Instead of asking your students to print out their assignments, Create a Google Classroom account and have them turn in their work online.
- To give feedback once the Google Docs are submitted, you'll need to enable Kaizena Mini under the Add-ons tab in the document you're viewing.
- Once Kaizena Mini is enabled, simply highlight the areas of text that you'd like to comment on. You can choose to either record a voice comment, type in feedback, rate a skill, or link to a saved lesson or online resource (Purdue OWL anyone?).
- Once you've finished with your feedback, students will be able to go back through their work and view or listen to your comments.
Kaizena is great because it's fast, it's portable, and it's truly useful and personal feedback for your student. If you're interested, check out the getting started guide here!