What should I use this tool for?
That's up to you! While some teachers use it to check for cheating on assignments, many leverage this
tool to help students with the process of revising papers. Revision History provides teachers with
information about how students approach the drafting and revision stages.
Does it have an "AI detector"?
No. AI detectors, which analyze text and try to come up with a probability that it was written by a
human, have been shown to be unreliable
History focuses on letting teachers view the writing process rather than trying to detect AI
likelihood. You can even watch a video of the student writing their paper, to make your own
determinations about whether it was written by a human or AI.
Do students need to install anything?
No. The plugin only needs to be installed by teachers.
What about privacy and student data?
The plugin pulls from data that is already stored by Google. All the analysis is
done on your computer. This tool respects your privacy (and that of your students), so no student
data, including the document text, is ever sent to our servers.
My school won't let me install this extension. What should I do?
Have your IT department reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to sort out any
privacy or security concerns that they might have.
Does it only work with Google Docs?
Right now, yes. While students don't need to have the extension installed, it
only shows revisions when all writing was done in Google Docs.
Will my students know I'm using this?
No. However, informing them will allow the plugin to work most effectively, as it
only tracks revisions that were made in Google Docs (and not content that was copy/pasted or loaded
in from Word, for example).
What does it cost?
The extension is in pilot mode until at least mid/late Fall 2023. Until then, it
is completely free! After that, I am committed to continuing to provide a free tool, with additional
features for schools that sign up.
Is it safe?
Yes! The code is vetted and approved by Chrome extension team at Google. Contact
us with any questions at email@example.com.
Is this going to be more work for teachers?
No. Most of the relevant information appears right at the top of the document,
and the rest is just a click away. There's no need to submit a document to an external website.
How do I install it?
I have an idea for a feature. Can you add it?