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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STEP 1: Creating a Differentiated Google Forms Assessment

Okay so I couldn’t wait for the Differentiated Assessment to be finished before sharing. STEP 1 is only one tiny baby step and I promise STEP 2 will WOW you!  In STEP 1 a Google Forms is used to create the assessment. The trick used in this step is the adding of multiple Google Forms pages. This way each question appears on a page by itself. Hopefully this will lessen some anxieties towards testing.

Recently I took an on-line test and found it so much easier to focus on answering the question when presented on individual pages. When multiple questions appear on a page it can be distracting. This is because it compels the test taker  to read them instead of focusing on answering one question at a time. It is so much easier to focus on answering a question when it is isolated. Another beneficial modification in STEP 1 is the addition of visuals. The visuals tend to be in color making it much easier for the student to recognize the fine details.

Directions for Creating Individual Pages in a Google Forms 

  1. Open Google Forms
  2. In the Tool Bar Click on INSERT
  3. Scroll down to Page Break and Click

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If you are successful this is what the Google Forms Assessment will look like.

G-Form 1page per question