As if Google Docs wasn’t already fabulous, I learned about an extension and a feature enhancement this week that make me love Google Docs even more!
Draftback, described as “the archaeology of great writing,” is a Chrome extension that, once installed, allows you to watch the revision history of a Google Doc play back as a movie! How cool is this?!? It is like being able to look over the shoulder of the author and watch his/her writing process. This can be enormously informative when looking at student work, as well as a means of virtually modeling the writing process for your students. Along with watching the writing evolve, users can access document data and statistics to see a timeline of activity, note where in the document changes have been made, and view a table of writing sessions indicating the length of each session and number of revisions a contributor has made.
Ready to try it out? Get the extension here.
Google Voice for Formatting & Editing
Enhancements have been made to the Voice Typing feature in Google Docs. Not only can you dictate your document, now you can format and edit text with voice commands as well!
Check out this list of voice commands that includes everything from copying and pasting to changing font color to inserting tables to navigating a document. Voice Commands are great for busy students and teachers, providing opportunities for on the fly authoring, as well as removing access barriers for students with poor keyboarding skills and motor challenges.
Learn more by watching this demo video:
Google Docs keeps getting better and better, providing an efficient and enhanced workflow.