Last week, I attended a math workshop put on by Alice Keeler. One of her talking points is all about being efficient and using keyboard shortcuts to save time. We as educators only have a certain amount of time in the day to get work done. Let’s take back some of that time with using keyboard shortcuts. One way that this can be done is when we provide valuable feedback to our students through a Google Document with the commenting feature.
Most people know the shortcuts when it comes to copying and pasting text. Many also know the shortcuts for opening a new tab. You might be asking yourself, “Self…how do I find out what keyboard shortcuts are available while using Google Documents?” Have no fear! Google has provided a keyboard shortcut page, which can be found under the Help Menu.
*NOTE: The keyboard shortcuts that you see in the gif file above are for mac users as I recorded this on my mac computer.
Assessing/Providing Feedback on Google Doc
Assessing/providing feedback on a Google Document can take sometime, especially when you first start to venture in this direction. I have heard many say that it takes longer to grade online compared to the ‘traditional way’ with pen and paper. However, there are a couple of keyboard shortcuts that can help save you time.
- Place cursor where you want to add a comment
- Use the following shortcut keys depending on the device that you have so that the commenting window will open on the right side of the Google Document:
Mac user: Command, Option, M
Chromebook User: Control, Alt, M
- Provide your feedback
- When completed with the comment, use the shortcut keys Control, M so that the commenting window will close
Close Current Tab
When you have finished providing feedback on the Google Document, don’t hit the x on the tab in Chrome. Instead, use the following keyboard shortcut:
Mac user: Command, W
Chromebook User: Control, W
This will automatically close the current tab you are on.
I know that this seems basic, but you might be surprised at how efficient you become with providing feedback the more and more you get used to the keyboard shortcuts. Don’t believe me…ask Jess Doyle as I know she has been using keyboard shortcuts for a couple of years now.
And that is my spiel…