Our last EdTech Tip offered an in-depth overview of Google Classroom. This week we decided to present Kaizena. It is a free web based tool that assists with providing timely feedback to students on the work that they submit using Google Docs. Here are five facts about Kaizena.

1. Different Methods for Feedback

Present constructive criticism to students in a variety of ways. One of the most convenient methods is through leaving voice comments. Simply highlight the area in the text you would like to address, click the small microphone icon on the side, and speak. Students can then listen to your suggestions and make the necessary corrections. Annotations can also be delivered via text, and links to helpful resources can be added as well. 

2. Integrates Seamlessly with Google Classroom

If you are already using Google Classroom, you can easily invite your students to join Kaizena using their Import from Google Classroom tool. It is also offered as a Google Add-on, making it convenient when working in a Google Doc. For more information on the Kaizena for Google Docs Add-on, take a look at the video below. 

3. Great for Peer-to-Peer Evaluations

Students receive meaningful evaluations when peers review their work. With Kaizena, they can ask fellow classmates to check their work and post notes. After the request has been made, the receiving student can view the document and give suggestions.

4. Track Student Work With Skills Feature

When you have introduced a new concept to your class, let them practice in a Google Doc. Then, utilize the “Skills” feature to assign a numeric rating that gives them an indication of how well they applied the concept. Ratings can aid with identifying weak areas that you may need to revisit with the entire class or focus on with a few students. Click here for more information on “Skills.” 

5. Lessons Feature

You will reduce the amount of time spent reiterating the same remarks on multiple papers by using the “Lessons” feature. This capability allows you to record, save, and reuse an explanation as many times as needed. Textual explanations and links to informational videos can be attached too.

Feel free to let us know how you use Kaizena in your classroom by leaving a comment below.