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Share this with you favorite essay and paper-grading teachers: 

So much of our students’ work– collaborative or independent, so many of our professional documents, are created using Google Docs.

And so many times it’s a strain to express in the margin, or in text notes, the personal/enthusiastic/caring/connected feedback we’d really like to share. When we are collaborating on documents, it’s a challenge to express the detailed rationale behind our edits.

The Voice Comments app for Google Drive offers a simple, free strategy for sharing audio feedback.  This type of feedback and collaboration may be especially useful in blended/distant/flipped environments.

It’s easy to set up:

1. Find and install Voice Comments, either from the Chrome Store or by opening Google Drive,  clicking on the Create button and selecting Connect more apps.

2. Open a document. Select/right click any Doc in your Google Drive (Spreadsheets and Presentations are not yet supported), or Control click or go to More if you have a Mac, and Open with Voice Comments.  

3. After allowing access, you’ll see a simple recording bar,

4. Record, highlight and re-record if necessary.  You may add multiple comments.

5. Share. You may add a text message as well.

6. When the intended audience for your comments opens the Doc, a link to your verbal feedback, and any message, will appear under the Comments tab.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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