Voice Comments in GDocs

No Voice; but oh! the silence sank like music on my heart.
 ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)

A group of five educators and myself went to the North Bay CUE  conference in Napa over the weekend.

LCMSD @ NorthBay CUE

It was a good day and I attended sessions on multimedia presentations, QR codes, and EdModo.  However as so often is the case at these conferences … our group was most blown away by something that had nothing to do with our sessions*.

Indeed it came up in a side conversation – adding voice comments in GoogleDocs.  What a great way to give students feedback!  Its quick, its easy, it allows students to hear your voice in the feedback and, i believe, more students will listen and think about the feedback you are giving them**

Here’s a great tutorial in less than three minutes by J. Roberts:

Voice Comments in Docs Tutorial


* EdCamp!!  This is why this model is so popular!  We hope to see, share, and learn both with and from at EdCamp Marin – August 1, Ross School

**just a theory of mine … it always broke my heart when students flipped through the hours of my work in written feedback.

gone google…

Basically, our goal is to organize the world’s information and to make it universally accessible and useful.
~ Larry Page

It’s official, the first and arguably biggest step is complete and successful.  We have migrated our staff email addresses to our Google domain.  Mail is being rolled out slowly (read: low stress) this spring but come teacher training in August we will be really able to show the staff the benefits and power of this collaborative tool.

This transformation could not have happened without the tireless work of el equipo A – thank you for your tireless work on this project Nancy y Daniel.

googleized logo

muy excited!

GoogleDocs & Moodle: match made in heaven

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
– Benjamin Disraeli

If you are one of the people who read this blog regularly then you know that i am pretty high on Google Docs these days.  Likewise i am blown away by the things that i see my teachers doing within Moodle.  Then there are the real high flyers (according to Bloom) – the synthesizers.  The ones who have asked, “what would happen if i linked my Moodle directly to my GoogleDocs?”
Would it be like crossing the beams in GhostBusters?  OR would it allow me to continuously modify my documents without worrying about losing information or linking to a previous (outdated) document.  would it allow me to save mountains of server space by hosting the file in a Google’s public area?  would it allow me to link to collaborative student assignments as they develop?  There are so many advantages that i could literally sit here and type them for the rest of my day – something i would quite seriously love to do, but instead i return to budgeting…

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