Unraveling Revision History Mystery…

After perusing and using Google APPS for Education (GAfE) I finally unlocked the mystery of Revision Histories. Some educators avoid looking through the list of revisions in fear of not returning to the point where they started. This really isn’t a problem once one understands the mysterious function of the Revision History Setting! In fact Revision Histories can be considered one of the most powerful tools offered by GAfE for supporting both the Educator and Student.


  1. Provides evidence of learning
    1. Classroom data via whole class interactive presentations
    2. Individualized student data (doc, slides, sheets, drawings)
  2. Furnishes assessment information both collaborative and individual
    1. Teacher can see which student is collaborating
      1. In-class group projects
      2. Homework group projects
    2. Teacher can view the steps or path a student used to complete assignment
      1. In-class
      2. Homework
      3. Extra Credit
  3. Revision History Saves Time for both the Student and Teacher
    1. Provides ability for resetting assignment to redirect the student
      1. From the point where the error occurred
        1. Provides an opportunity for the student to revise & correct
          1. Saves time with revisions and final draft
            1. No need to re-write from the beginning
          2. Less Paper is wasted
        2. Helps Student internalize the editing process
        3. Students are provided more opportunities for a positive outcome
      2. Teacher can easily direct student to the exact error
        1. Provides opportunity to brainstorm with student
        2. Guide student to discovering different pathways
          1. To solve problems
          2. Using critical thinking skills
          3. For becoming a creative thinker


  • STEP 1: Click either location to open the revision history
    • Click File
    • Then click “SEE REVISION HISTORY”

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  • Second choice to open revision history
    • Click “Last Edit Was…. or All Changes Saved…”

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  • STEP 2
    • Click a Date in the revision history
    • You will notice boxes will occur around all changes in the work area


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Note the boxes around the numbers and title

Also notice there is no answer on the line

  • STEP 3 
    • Click under the blue “RESTORE THIS REVISION”
    • If successful it should look like  STEP 2 without the revision history & boxes

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