The possibilities of voice comments for GAFE (Google Apps for Education) cannot be overstated. Every single teacher I've talked to over the last few days sees such HUGE instant applicability with this feature. I've used it now a couple times, and although it seems like it's in beta mode (which I couldn't find anywhere where it says it is) I want more and I want it NOW.
Why is this such a powerful thing? For starters, typing every comment I want to make to a student simply eats up too much time. Also, when I'm looking at 100's of assignments, typing everything I want to say still ends up edited and pared down due to the overwhelming amount of feedback I want to give my students.
So, I am writing this blog post directly to you Google. Here is my letter in it's entirety.
Dear Great Gods of Googledom!
Please include a native voice comment capability to Drive starting yesterday. I'm sure that in your infinite wisdom you have been working diligently on this for some time, so if you could simply hit the "on" button that would be sweet! I promise to leave you a lengthy and positive voice comment as soon as you do.
The soon to be happiest teacher in the world.
How would voice comments make your life better as a teacher or for anyone using Drive!
If you'd like to see how this thing works, check out the video below!