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Thanks, Lucie,

I think our comments between paragraphs is working, but we will definitely look at the print preview - it would be great for kids who get distracted easily by the comments inserted between paragraphs.

The revision thing won't work for this project - she wants real time discussions about the reading.  For example, the mom is sick in the story.  One kid writes "what is she sick from?"  Another kid responds - "it says "oncology doctor, 'cancer'" in the paragraph above.  That kind of thing.

I understand from doing some searching around on the web that others would like to see track changes built into Google Docs, but that it is probably a programmer's nightmare doing it on the web. 

Joanne



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>>> Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> 5/19/2009 9:16 AM >>>
Joanne,

Would this work? You can change the print settings in Google Docs to show
comments  or not.  So if you want to see the document without comments for
readability,  go to print preview and the documents are gone.  If you want
to go back and see the comments, go back to edit mode.

As far as track changes,  you can look at two revisions of the document and
it supposedly shows all the deletions and additions, etc.  It's not as
elegant as track changes.  I've also found it to somethings not show
revisions the way I would desire.  (i.e. show a whole paragraph as
strikeout, when I only changed parts of it).
http://www.whibb.com/recover-compare-documents-with-google-docs.html 

Thanks for asking, Joanne.  It had not thought about displaying the document
w/o comments until you asked.

Lucie



On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 8:15 AM, Joanne Finnegan <
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> If you use Google Apps, I could use some ideas for a teacher.  If not, go
> ahead and delete!
>
> I have a 7th/8th grade literacy teacher who wants kids to be able to make
> comments back and forth on a reading piece.  She had hoped to put four kids
> in a group and simultaneously go through and insert comments.  She would
> like it to look like track changes, which I don't think is available in
> Google Apps.  What happens with the comments kids are putting in is that
> they break up the reading, so if one kid is reading faster than another,
> there are comments that break up the reading for the slower readers, so the
> paragraphs don't flow.
>
> I'm thinking of putting the reading piece into two columns (table) for the
> comments on the side, but am wondering if there is a better way.  Any
> thoughts?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Joanne
>
> Joanne Finnegan
> Technology Integration Specialist
> Chittenden East Supervisory Union
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