Teachers Need an Arsenal of Tools
to meet the needs of learners

Collaborate & Communicate

The Shared Documents capability in Google Docs gives students the opportunity to work together to write, create, edit, and revise documents.

To Share a Document:

  • Give the file a name.
  • Click the blue SHARE button in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Invite collaborators by typing their email addresses in the bottom box.
  • Choose the level of permissions you want your collaborators to have.
    • Can Edit: Collaborators may edit and make changes to the document.
    • Can Comment: Collaborators can view the document and make comments using the comment function, but they cannot make changes to the document.
    • Can View: Collaborators can ONLY view the document; they cannot make changes or comments.

The Comments function in Google Docs gives you the opportunity to insert comments into a document as a way of giving feedback.

Students and teachers can utilize this function through the writing process.

To use the Comments tool:

  • Select the words associated with the comment.
  • Click Insert in the top menu bar, then click Comment or use the Comment Icon.
  • A comment box appears. Type in the text box within it.
  • Comments can be responded to by clicking reply.
  • Comments can be resolved by clicking resolve.

Voice Comments with Kaizena

  • Kaizena Voice Comments is a third-party application that was designed to work with Google Docs.
  • It allows teachers to add voice comments to a Google Doc quickly and easily.
  • It is now an easy Add-on in Google Docs.
  • It requires a microphone. Most laptop computers have them built in, but if you have a desktop, you’ll need an external mic.

To use Kaizena:

  • Open the shared document you wish to review and launch the Kaizena add-on from the Add-ons menu at the top of the screen.
  • Kaizena opens.
  • Select the words associated with the comment.
  • Click on the microphone icon above the text.
  • Click record and speak into your microphone to create your voice comment. Click Stop when finished.
  • When you are done creating comments, select close.
  • Choose to post a link in your Google Doc as a comment or email your student the link to the Kaizena review.

Research, Understand, Analyze
& Apply

The Research Tool in Google Docs gives you the opportunity to do a Google Search right within a document without needing to open another tab.

To use the Research tool:

  • Drop down the Tools and select Research.
  • Choose from the list of options.
    • Everything
    • Images
    • Videos
    • Scholar
    • Quotes
    • Dictionary
    • Table
  • Preview web pages with the Preview button
  • Insert Link to pages with the Insert Link button
  • Cite Sources at the bottom of the page with the Cite button.

Define, Practice, Remember,
& Understand

The Define Tool in Google Docs gives you the opportunity to look up the meaning of a word within Google Docs.

To use the Define tool:

  • Drop down the Tools and select Define.
  • Type the word you’d like to define.
  • The definition appears with synonyms that have links built in to their own definitions.

Another way to use the Define Tool:

  • If the word is already typed, select it, right click, and select Define.
  • Or...select the word, go to the Tools Menu, and select define.

The Translate Tool in Google Docs gives you the opportunity to translate your document into 64 different languages.

To use the Translate tool:

  • Write your document. Give it a title/file name.
  • Drop down the Tools and select Translate.
  • Google Docs will automatically create a new document for you with the new title “Translated Copy of …”
  • Choose the language into which you’d like your document translated.

Create, Evaluate, Demonstrate,
& Think Critically

The Revision History in Google Docs gives you the opportunity to see all of the changes made to a document over time. It also shows which user made the change if there are multiple people who have permission to edit the document.

Teachers can keep track of student revisions, and in the case of group work, teachers can also see which students have made which edits to the document.

To use the Revision History:

  • Drop File Menu and choose See Revision History.
  • The panel on the right displays a history of edits that are organized by time and user.
  • You can choose to restore a document back to a previous version very easily if need be.

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