If you have ever spent hours grading your students’ essays and wondered, “did anyone read the comments I left for them?” You should try using the Google Docs add-on called JoeZoo Express.
JoeZoo Express is a Google Docs add-on that lets you add voice and text comments to your students’ Google Docs. JoeZoo includes the option to use more than 90 pre-made comments as well your own canned comments. And you can record your voice to use in comments. But what makes JoeZoo Express special is a built-in student engagement tracker.
JoeZoo’s engagement tracker will show you which text comments your students read, which voice comments they listened to, and how long they spent interacting with your comments. When it is time for students to look at the feedback you have given to them, JoeZoo has a couple of helpful features not found in other free commenting systems. First, all comments are color coded according to comment type. That can make it easier for students to quickly identify all comments related to a particular skill. Second, there is an accessibility feature not found in other commenting systems. That feature is text-to-speech. Not only can students listen to voice comments that you have added to their documents, they can have any of your written comments read aloud too.
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