RISE Up and Provide Meaningful Feedback to Students: Kaizena Audio Comments in Google Docs (Part 2)

Feedback is an essential element to learning, but why do many of us struggle with providing valuable feedback to improve student performance? My last post described Emily Wray's RISE Model for meaningful feedback and self evaluation.

What does RISE stand for?
  • Reflect through making connections, agreements, or disagreements with the student work.
  • Inquire by using our understanding and analyzing skills to develop meaningful dialog.
  • Suggest by analyzing and evaluate student by providing suggestions to develop a deeper understanding and higher quality product.
  • Elevate or transforming the student product into higher levels of creativity and problem-solving.
The Problem with Feedback:

Brain research tells us that each student interprets instructions and feedback differently. Why do we expect ALL students to understand red marks, x's, check marks, smiley faces, and good jobs?? This type of feedback may not be helpful. Many of us know this and want to give better feedback, but it is time consuming! Using Google Docs? Kaizena is an excellent tool that integrates within Google to increase the level of feedback, while decreasing the amount of time it takes.


Kaizena is a web tool designed to seamlessly integrate into Google Docs, providing teachers with the ability to provide meaningful feedback to students through links, audio or text comments. Comments are shared through a private dropbox generated by Kaizena and accessible in the comments section of Google Docs and Presentations. This dropbox can be customized. For example, if you wanted a box for each class you teach, you could do so.

When students are ready to share their Google Docs or Presentations with you, they will need to access a link to your Kaizena profile. When students visit this profile, they will select their file from Google, choose which dropbox to leave it in, and wait for your feedback. 

Want to see it in action? Check out this YouTube tutorial!

The teacher will receive a dashboard alert on Kaizena, stating that they have received a submission. They can go through the submission and click and drag over areas that need commenting on. They can leave feedback in the form of audio, text, or hyperlinked comments. 

Students are able to access comments within the Comments section of their Google Doc or Presentation. The comment will contain a link to Kaizena, where all of the comments are stored. The best part is that students can also leave feedback in the form of audio, video, and links. It starts a dialog to improve performance. 

Why not use this tool? It's the perfect companion in any classroom because it provides multiple ways to share feedback, so that all students have the ability to understand and improve their performance! 

November is Clicks for a Cause Month!

Last November, I started a new tradition called "Clicks for a Cause." The concept was easy. You visit my blog, I donate!

I would like to continue again this year! For each visit to my blog during November, I would donate a penny to help baby Adam Maldonado and his family. See his story here

At the end of November, I will be making a contribution to the family's GoFundMe page

How can you get involved?

  • Visit and share my blog with others. I have others who are matching my contribution. The more clicks, the more money we raise! 
  • Like Adam's Facebook page and keep updated on his condition.
  • Pray for Adam and his family!
  • Make a contribution to the family's  GoFundMe page
Please contact me if you have any questions or if you have a  HEART to help a child in need!

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