I was excited in August when Google Classroom got an upgrade. The feature I was most excited about was the Google Classroom comment bank. Two year ago, I decided I was all done taking grading home and moved all feedback and assessment into my classroom, so I was hopeful the comment bank would make giving real-time feedback in class even easier. The comment bank is a nice addition, but teachers still have to copy and paste the comments into the document OR create a comment, type the hashtag symbol (#), and select the comment they want from their list. Unfortunately, neither of these options actually saves me any time.
Teachers who have not created a comment bank in Google Classroom yet, the document below walks you through the process.
For years, I have customized my “preferences” inside of Google Documents to speed up the feedback process. Setting customized preferences allows teachers to build shortcuts into their documents. For example, if I set my preferences to replace “awk” with “awkward wording–please rework for clarity.” Then anytime, I am providing feedback in “suggesting mode” I can type “awk” and “awkward wording–please rework for clarity” will appear in another color. (See the video below if you have not already customized your preferences.)
I encourage other teachers to explore both the Google Classroom comment bank and customizing their preferences to see what works best for them. After using both, I still prefer customized preferences inside Google documents when I am providing feedback.
My hope is that at some point Google will make it possible to drag and drop comments from the comment bank directly into my students’ documents. Now, that would save time!