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Better Feedback with Google Slides Commenting

feedback in google slides
Better Feedback with Google Slides Commenting

feedback in google slides

Comment on Specific Text in Google Slides

Google Slides now allows you to make comments on specific parts of a text on a slide rather than the whole text box. Highlight a word or phrase within a textbox and add a comment just on that word or phrase.
Comment on a Word


Specific feedback that is actionable is highly effective for learning. I love to use Google Slides to have students share their learning, especially using a SINGLE Google Slides presentation with all students on the same Google Slides. Like in Google Docs you can insert feedback notes to the side of the document. However, until now you could only give those feedback comments on the entire textbox. You can now select a portion of the text and add a feedback comment just like you could in Google Docs. I use the keyboard shortcut Control Alt M to insert a comment and Control Enter to save it.
control alt m

Do Not Use Google Docs

Of course I use Google text Docs, but I would like to challenge you that oftentimes Google Slides is a superior medium for what we are asking students to do in a Google text document. Slides are multi-media. Each slide has a unique URL that allows students to link you directly to the part of their work they want you to review. Essay writing I would do in a Google Doc, but other than that…. probably you want to use Google Slides (or Forms, Forms are awesome.) My only hesitation up until now about saying USE GOOGLE SLIDES INSTEAD was the lack of ability to comment on specific parts of a text. Now that this feature has come to Slides…. USE GOOGLE SLIDES!


4 thoughts on “Better Feedback with Google Slides Commenting

  1. I have been waiting soooo long for this feature!!! This will change everything for me ? As a second language teacher, I have had to use various time-consuming work-arounds for comments in Slides. Thank you for keeping us up to date on these changes as they happen!

    1. I’d love to know what language you teach – I teach French as a second language and haven’t had students hand in work yet on Slides, but I’m intrigued.

  2. This is fantastic. Every time I attempt to add comments on my students slides, It adds the comments to the first slide only, and doesn’t show the highlights on the additional slides. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated…

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