Friday Freebie: Add voice comments to Google Docs with Kaizena

At the start of the school year, our administrative team was lucky enough to visit the Toyota plant in San Antonio. It was a fascinating tour as we learned not only how Toyota trucks are assembled, but how the Toyota corporation instills their company vision into all its employees.

Key to their success is their underlying philosophy of continuous improvement - or as its called in Japanese, "Kaizen".  Production, morale, and systems in general are constantly examined and improvement in all areas is emphasized and implemented. And, the improvements can come from all levels - from management to assembly line workers. Everyone is constantly looking for ways to improve.

The idea of Kaizen is the backbone of today's Friday Freebie - a great online tool called Kaizena. Kaizena allows users to connect to their GoogleDrive and insert voice comments into any Google Document. Simply give Kaizena permission to access your Drive, open a document, highlight the text you want to comment on, and speak your mind.

After you're done commenting, you receive a unique URL that will contain all your verbal feedback. That URL can be sent to any other Google user to view and hear.

Imagine how nice it would be for students to actually "hear" teacher comments! Imagine how much more detailed feedback a teacher can offer students - both praise and suggestions for continuous improvement.

Its simplicity makes this tool worth trying. Its strength makes it worth using again and again.


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