Yes – Using Kaizena with Google Docs

If your students are using Google Docs for any portion of their assignments, you can teach them how to provide peer feedback verbally using the Google Docs Add-on Kaizena Mini. You can also use this product yourself to guide your student through changes you would like to see in their written work.

Broad strokes – how to

  1. Get the Kaizena Mini Add-on (click on ‘Add-ons’ in the top menu) and test it
  2. Provide your students with information on Kaizena Mini (share your test document and this short screencast:
    1. They may not need to install the plug-in but you can learn more about the tool (
    2. I tested this on a brand-new pc user; she wasn’t asked to install the plugin.
  3. Ask your students to use a Google Doc for a team project or for an assignment where you want to provide a combination of written and spoken feedback.
  4. When ready to provide feedback, grab your headset or set up in a quiet place to work.

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Important tips

Don’t sweat the little stuff: a dog barking, a cough (not a coughing fit), a few ums and ahs,  just keep going. You’ll get the hang of it. Soon it will make grading a richer experience for the student and quicker for you!

What if I make a mistake? If it happens while you’re working on feedback, click the ‘x’ and begin your recording again. If you discover it later, navigate to the highlight list and click the trash button for the one you wish to remove.

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Yes. You are limited to 1:30 recording time.

Learn more

  2. How to use tags to track and rate skills: learn more about using Kaizena with a rubric or assignment set.