Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Use Kaizena to give students audio feedback, part of Teacher Tech Tips Weekly.
- Wouldn't it be nice if you had the time to talk to each student and give them feedback on an assignment they've turned in? Well, you actually might. I'm Oliver Schinkten, and this week on Teacher Tech Tips, I want to introduce you to a Google Document add-on called Kaizena that allows you to leave audio feedback on student work. I'll first navigate to my Gmail account, and from here I want to click on the Apps icon and open my Google Drive. If I click on Shared with me, I notice that I have a document shared with me titled Water Unit: Project Pitch.
And as I open this, I can see that it is a project pitch, that it's been submitted to me by Howie, a student in my class, and it's from his group, describing their project pitch for our water unit. Now, I could highlight a certain area, right-click, and leave comments by typing them in on the side, however, I want to leave audio comments. So, in order to do this, I first need to have the Kaizena add-on. On the taskbar, I'll click on Add-ons, and you'll notice that I don't have any yet, so I'm going to click on Get add-ons, and from here I'll type in Kaizena, K-A-I-Z-E-N-A.
The Kaizena Mini add-on is what I want. I'll click on Free. Allow permissions. And if I click back on Add-ons, we can see that it has now been added to my Google Documents. So, I'll click on Kaizena Mini and open this. And on the right hand side, a panel opens up. Now, this is an add-on that I've already used in the past, so it's recognizing that, and it already has my account created. You might see one that has you fill out your name, your school, and the subject area that you teach, which is fine.
When you get done with that, you'll get to this screen which says for this document, I'm giving feedback or receiving feedback. In this case, I want to give feedback, so I'll click here. And then it'll automatically bring up any email addresses of those who are shared in on this document. Now, right now, Howie shared this with me and the other email address we can see there is mine, however his group partner is not in on this, so, in other words, they will not receive my feedback. So, I'm going to add someone not listed above, and then type in the email address right here.
And when I have that in there, I'm ready to click Continue. Notice, though, that it does say that people specified here will automatically be added as collaborators on the document. Going to click on Continue. And now I need to select the area that I want to leave feedback on. I've read through this, and I actually want to leave feedback for their overall plan, so right here I'm going to highlight that, and then I'll click on + New Feedback. From here, it highlights it green.
I do have the option to change that if I'd like to a different colored highlight. I can add a tag if I want to enter in different skills that I'll be talking about. And then I can either add a link, add comments, or click on the microphone icon to leave audio comments. That's what I want to do in this case, so I'll click on the microphone. This might bring up a screen asking if the Kaizena app has access to your microphone, and which you would click Allow and then you should be good to go. I'm going to click on Start Recording, and I'm going to leave an audio message for this group.
Hey, guys, I love the project idea. I think this looks really neat and it follows a lot of the stuff we talked about in class. One question I have is how will you receive funding to get the equipment needed to do these different tests? So, remember that we talked about that in class, that, you know, there is some funding available, and we do have some community partners. However, I would like to see how you plan to get this funded, so make sure to talk to me on that. I'll click Stop. And now that comment has been added to this document.
I'm going to go down here and highlight the last sentence here, and I want to add some feedback here, so I'm going to click on New Feedback. Then I'll click on the microphone icon and Start Recording again. Guys, I love the idea of doing a TED Talk for your final presentation. However, how do you plan to do this? I think that it would work much better if you presented individually and maybe took a different angle. So, in other words, I do think the TED Talk idea would be a great way to showcase what you've learned, however I would have a talk for each one of you.
So, choose a topic that you want it to specifically be on and speak about that. Let me know your thoughts on that. And when I'm done, I'll click Stop, and now I've left those comments. Now, let's take a look at this from the student's perspective of what it looks like to receive these comments. OK, so now I'm inside of a student account. I'm inside of Howie's Google Drive account, and here I can see the Water Unit: Project Pitch. I'll open that up, and here is that document.
Now, before I go over this, I want to make one very important point. The person who is receiving the feedback will also need to install the Kaizena plug-in. So, in this case, Howie needs to have this Kaizena plug-in in order to be able to receive this feedback. He'll only need to do this once, but both the sender and receiver of the message will need to have the plug-in. If I go here and click on Add-ons, I can see that Howie does have it. If I click on Open Kaizena Mini, will appear on the right.
And if I click on the yellow part, I can now listen to this feedback. So, here, from the student perspective, I'll click Play. Hey, guys, I love the project idea. I think this looks really neat, and it follows a lot of the stuff we talked about in class. So, there as the student, I'm able to hear that audio feedback. And if I wanted, I could go and add New Feedback to that as a reply. Here I'll scroll down to the bottom, and here is the other message that was left. Guys, I love the idea of doing a TED Talk for your final presentation.
However, how do you plan to do this? I think that it would work much better. Feedback is perhaps the most important part of the learning process, and in the Digital Age, we have more innovative ways to leave it than ever before. I love giving audio feedback, because I feel it allows you to explain yourself and get your point across, including tone and expression, in ways that aren't possible with the written word. This format also gives students constant access to those different comments, so they're able to go in and listen to them from anywhere they have an internet connection at any time.
And, in fact, I recommend having students give each other peer assessments using audio feedback, and sharing you in on the document. It's a great way to help students build important speaking skills, as well as the ability to give feedback, which are two skills that they rarely get the opportunity to work on. So, I challenge you to constantly look for ways to improve your ability to deliver students high quality, personalized feedback, and, in my opinion, the Kaizena plug-in provides a great way to do this. Hopefully, it's something you can use in your classroom.
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