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Kaizena helps teacher provide fast, high-quality feedback on student work
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*** NEW - BIGGEST UPDATE SINCE 2013 ***
Hi everyone - super happy to share our biggest update since we launched Kaizena. All Kaizena feedback features, including voice comments, lessons, and skills, are now available inside Google Docs as a Google Doc Add-on. You will not have to leave Google Docs to record voice comments, add lessons, or track skills.

- Highlight and record a voice comment without leaving Google Docs!
- Stop repeating yourself with our Lessons feature, which let you attach saved feedback to highlights inside a Google Doc
- Track evidence of skills students demonstrate in their Google Docs with our Skills feature
- Students will be able to edit their work immediately after receiving your feedback
- Easier for peers to provide feedback - any Google Doc collaborator can provide feedback!

Note: if you previously used Kaizena Shortcut and don't want to change right now, don't worry! You will be prompted to choose Kaizena Shortcut or the new Kaizena.

WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS

The Education Endowment Foundation discovered that feedback is the most effective teaching practice, equivalent to 8 additional months of class time per year. Research has shown that feedback is more effective than one on one tutoring, reduced class sizes, and teaching assistants.

WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING

"Students will be reeled in by the ability to get detailed feedback from peers or teachers. The easy-to-use interface and dashboard help kids stay engaged."

Stephanie Trautman
Common Sense Reviewer, Teacher

"We've gained a lot of class time back since my one to one conferences now take place directly on students' writing"

Jenna Falconer
Kaizena Champion, Teacher

"Now, my kids are receiving more feedback, and much more detailed feedback. No longer constrained by the amount of space left on the page, or the ache in my forearm."

Katherine Cozens
Kaizena Champion, Teacher

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Checkout our help guides at https://kaizena.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/
or send us a message at help@kaizena.com.

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Brian Harmon
August 31, 2016
I was told about Kaizena last year by my principal, downloaded it and unfortunately didn't get a chance to use it. I couldn't wait to use it this year but with this update and comments and signing in, it is terrible and not user friendly at all. Please revert back to the old patch. Teachers need to be able to record comments of highlighted text directly in google docs as they are making other edits and comments. Please, please, PLEASE!!! It was so good before!!!
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Judy Sackville [Staff]
December 3, 2014
Great app for those students who can verbalize their thoughts much more effectively than writing it out. Teachers respond well to it when shown! Is there a feature built in that will allow for the audio notes to stay attached when a document in view only mode (that has comments attached-by the teacher in a Shared folder, when students go in and make a copy that goes into their own drive. Could the audio notes stay attached? Just wondering! thanks
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A User of Kaizena
August 10, 2017
The theory is great - verbal feedback with frequently used short cuts. However, not user friendly. Not worth the time - easier to just type or handwrite feedback.
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A User of Kaizena
August 16, 2016
Like others, I do not want to have to create a whole new set of accounts for the simple purpose of recording a voice comment in a google doc. I would pay MONEY not to have to go to all that trouble. Does someone reading this review know how to code? Please develop something like this.
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A User of Kaizena
July 26, 2014
The idea is great. But... the highlighting feature acts more like a text box and doesn't highlight whole sentences. Also, it doesn't offer a feature with automatic comments or allow to save comments and use them again. This would be a wonderful tool if you have 30 students or less.
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Amanda Closson
February 3, 2016
I used to LOVE this product and recommended it to everyone. Is is possible to get good old Kaizena Mini back??? The new version is awkward, complex, and does not do what I need it to do.
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Craig Christensen
March 13, 2016
I used to love Kaizena Mini-this shortcut is terrible. Good work fixing something that wasn't broken. Looking for something less clunky.
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Chris Rinaldi [Advanced Technologies Academy]
February 1, 2016
I used to love this program as it unobtrusively gave me a way to give great, useful feedback to my students. It integrated nicely with Google Docs when it was Kaizena mini. Now as Kaizena shortcut, it is like an obnoxious pop-up. Many of the changes have made it less useful and more complex. I used to tell teachers about this all the time in my role as a coach at 8 different schools. Now, I do not recommend it anymore. I don't like having to open it up in Kaizena itself. But I don't like that I need to create groups nor go to another website. I have Classroom and Edmodo to fill the role that the group conversations fill. I also don't like that conversations are now long rambling things that can include multiple assignments. I prefer to be able to comment on an assignment on its own. I'm sorry that they made the changes that they have implemented. Although it may have improved the voice recording feature, it has not made the program better. A previous rating would have 4-5 stars, because it had a few bugs, but now I really don't like it and can't recommend it to my colleagues.
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Val Viravong
November 8, 2017
Bring back the old version that was linked to google docs. This version is a convuluted mess. I am sure you have lost many users due to this update
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A User of Kaizena
May 6, 2016
Came here looking for the ability to simply embed audio feedback within a Google Doc, a function that appears to have existed under the name Kaizena Mini. What I found was a bloated, complicated mess. Seriously people, why'd you have to take something functional and turn it into this?
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