Two Great Tools to Share Audio Feedback with Students

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Below are two of the most popular tools among teachers and educators that you can use to record and share audio feedback with your students. Both of these applications are integrated with Docs and Slides and can also be used on any website. 

While both share the audio feedback feature they also offer  distinct services. For instance, while Kaizena offers Lessons, Skills, and Rubrics, Mote offers translation and transcription features. 

1- Kaizena


Kaizena allows you to easily insert voice comments into  documents. The way it works is easy: you simply highlight parts in the document and click on the record icon to add your audio feedback. Students can reply to your audio feedback and/or share feedback with each other. 

Using Kaizena's Lessons feature you will be able to save your audio and/ or text feedback to re-use in other documents. Lessons also allows you to save any website as a lesson and to automatically embed YouTube videos in your feedback. 

Kaizena is available as both a Google Drive add-on  that works on Docs and Slides as well as a web application. To start using Kaizena, you need to register and start creating groups for your classes. You can then invite students to join in using the generated code. Watch this video to learn more about Kaizena.

2- Mote

Mote is another excellent tool that allows you to add voice comments and audio content to a wide variety of documents, emails, forms, and assignments. Mote is integrated with Google Drive allowing you to create and add voice notes to Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Classroom. You can also record and add audio within your Gmail emails. 

Mote is available as a Chrome extension which can be used on any website or application to add audio notes. A great feature supported by Mote is that of transcription. The voice-to-text functionality enables you to transcribe your audio to over 20 languages. However, this feature as is the case with several other advanced features (e.g., the ability to translate your mote transcripts, the ability to transcribe motes with Math and Scientific notation using STEM mode, and the ability to save and retrieve motes from your Motebook) are only available for premium user. 

Watch this video to learn more about Mote. You can also check Mote's guide for teachers to learn more about how to use in your instruction.