Okay. This is pretty cool functionality…
It starts like this:
Google Text Doc. You highlight some text and insert a comment which appears down the side. Nothing happens. The comment sits there and that’s about that really.
But, when someone replies to your comment. It triggers an email to the original commenter. You can see the original comment I made: *this is a bit vague*
If you reply to that email the message body becomes the next response in the GDoc comment thread.
Simple and awesome. After I tweeted this, Mark Allen replied with a similar feature:
Google Apps for Education offer some great tools that can really boost your teacher or learner workflow! None of these big systems are perfect but if you cherry pick the best features as learning tools, you can end up with a great pedagogical toolset.