The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers

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The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers

First came cloud-based word processing in the form of Google Docs.

With cloud-based word processing in education, teachers could remotely access student work, students (provided they had internet access and had a Google account) could retrieve their work from anywhere, and writers could collaborate in real-time with their peers to double-team the pain-staking work that is the writing process.

Then Google finally delivered on the long-rumored Google Drive, giving teachers and students the ability to store both documents and images, pdfs and presentations, video files, and more, turning Google into a cloud hard-drive of sorts. Further, the change to Google Drive brought with it access to apps to bolster what Google Drive could do.

Which brings us to the latest–and perhaps best–evolution of Google Drive for teachers.

Kaizena voice feedback.

To be clear, this isn’t a Google project, but rather an app that integrate with Google Drive to work its magic. But what (simple) magic it allows: cloud-based, tablet-friendly voice feedback and commenting for documents, allowing you to provide thorough feedback and guidance for writers without making endless notes in tiny margins on papers that can get misinterpreted or lost.

In our limited use, we haven’t come across any hiccups, but have read some users in the comments section of the Chrome Store are indeed reporting some problems. Let us know in the comments section if you give it a try, and what–if any–issues or successes you might have.

The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers

  • Edward Sun

    Thanks for the well-written post, TeachThought! My name is Edward, and I’m one of the developers of Kaizena.

    Just wanted to respond to your last point: We were experiencing some difficulties a few weeks ago due to a large amount of usage volume. These issues have since been cleared up, and if anyone encounters any more difficulties, please let us know at founders@kaizena.com

    Please excuse our hiccups here and there! We are still a young product and learning from each and every one of you.

    Thanks,
    Edward

    • http://www.cafecasey.com/ Dawn Casey-Rowe

      This is amazing. I’m just testing it out now. Well done!

    • We Are Woodstock!

      Hi Edward, I’m an educator in Vermont and have been using Hapara’s Teacher Dashboard with our students. We love it as it really facilitates Doc management for our teachers. Can/Will Kaizena integrate with Teacher Dashboard?

      Thanks,
      Luis

  • Jessica Boualavong

    Does Kaizena work on the iPad? We have a BYOD program, and many students have chosen to buy iPads.

  • john cummins

    sounds like voicethread, nothing new here