A big fan of using Google Docs in your classroom? The English department, especially, use it avidly here in Park Ridge to exchange multiple drafts of work between teacher and student. This free Google Drive add-on, called Kaizena (available through the drop-down Add-On menu) allows the teacher to easily mark up student work with 4 different color highlights, add tags and text comments, and even insert voice recorded feedback. All working seamlessly with Google Drive. Email notifications are even available to students to let them know their instructor has provided them with feedback. Kaizena can even store comments and tags for you, so you do not have to retype feedback that is more common among your students. Once the Add-On is installed, it is available directly within the Google Doc through the Add-On menu.
Text 2 Mind Map is a free, online-based outline tool great for concept mapping and pre-writing. It is easy to use, as it organizes hierarchies using tabs/indents in a list, and automatically generating a colorful (and editable graphic). I's even free to grab your final product (into a PDF or JPEG). Some editing features include colors, fonts and "locking" of branches.
Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Park Ridge High School