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Principal function(s): Marking and feedback
Kaizena is a feedback-giving and marking add-on extension to Google Docs. It allows users to add voice or text comments, and also create and share rubrics and lessons.
Evaluation: Kaizena is an efficient tool for providing feedback and corrections for learners. It helps educators reduce the time needed to evaluate students’ work by embedding comments as voice and text messages or explanatory videos. It also allows educators to save and reuse not only comments but also whole lessons, and thus to avoid repeating themselves. The tool also provides many lessons for common mistakes that educators can include in student feedback.
The free version can only be used as an extension to Google Docs. The premium version can be used with Google Slides.
The free version is limited to use with Google Docs, but the premium version also includes use with Google Slides.
Cost: Free + premium options available
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Medium. Kaizena collects a minimal amount of information from students, that is names and email addresses, while they ask for some more information from teachers and school administrators. It collects extensive cookies with the help of third parties. However, it does not share or sell user information to third parties. Kaizena mentions using industry-standard SSL encryption technology, among other security measures. It also states that the data collected is processed in the US. Kaizena mentions user rights such as the right to rectification or erasure of information. Kaizena does not explicitly mention compliance with the GDPR. See more here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Yes, comments on Kaizena are saved.
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
Substantial tailorability. Users can comment, add lessons and more according to many features.
Kaizena is mainly used as an add-on to Google Docs or Google Slides, and thus requires installation as a browser extension. A user account is needed.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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