Here is an example of how it works.
- Student submits a Google Doc. By default, the viewing mode is set at "Editing". You will see this new icon in the upper right hand corner of the Google Doc.
- You switch the viewing mode to "Suggesting". The view mode button will change to a green color to indicate the new viewing mode.
- Add a comma, change the formatting, or replace a word. Any of the edits that you now make to the paper will automatically create a comment box to the side of the Google Doc explaining what edit is being suggested. These suggestions can be accepted, rejected, or replied to by the student.
This new format is great for teachers who found it cumbersome to always add a comment whenever they wanted to make a student aware of something that needed to be fixed. Comments are still available when you want to get a complex thought across to your students. Suggested edits provide a quick way for suggesting grammatical changes.
And don't forget, students can use this as well during peer editing!