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Fixing feedback & launching Loops

Mote’s new ‘Loops’ product makes written and verbal feedback more engaging for students and more measurable for educators

Mote and feedback

Feedback has been central to Mote’s mission from day one, and today we are announcing a redoubling of our efforts to work with educators to unlock the power of feedback. 

Today – at the ISTE conference in New Orleans – we are thrilled to launch ‘Mote Loops’, a new product designed in collaboration with educators to address some of the challenges of feedback. Part of the Mote Chrome Extension, Loops is also integrated seamlessly with Google Classroom’s feedback workflow.

Why does feedback need fixing?

Feedback’s potential to improve student attainment, alongside other benefits, is widely supported by research. 

Given this proven potential, we have been surprised that more schools do not have explicit feedback policies, and saddened to hear of the challenges that many educators have experienced when trying to develop their own feedback practices.

So we embarked on a program of research to understand the challenges of feedback more fully. After dozens of interviews and hundreds of survey responses, three big challenges really stood out:

  1. Student engagement. Many educators are disappointed with students’ engagement with their feedback, and this impacts educators’ motivation to invest time in providing feedback.
  2. Impact measurement. Educators often don’t know whether their feedback is being actioned by students, or otherwise making a difference.
  3. Time. Giving high quality feedback takes a lot of time, often outside of regular teaching hours.

The scale of these challenges struck us as really significant, and we felt an irresistible urge to focus our energies on working with educators to address the problems.

Are grades part of the problem?

One theme that we have also heard repeatedly is the tension between grading – itself arguably a form of feedback – and descriptive feedback of the kind that the research predicts will make the greatest difference for learners. Our conversations with educators consistently echo research findings like the following:

“…if a paper is returned with both a grade and a comment, many students will pay attention to the grade and ignore the comment.

Brookhart, S. M. (2008) How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students.

Further research has introduced us to the wider movement of educators who are challenging the role that grading plays in K12 and Higher Education.   This movement is sometimes known as ‘ungrading’, or ‘going gradeless’, and its thought leaders include researchers like Alfie Kohn, who have argued that grades are something that should be actively minimized, if not eliminated, where possible. 

We have found the evidence and arguments against grading to be persuasive, based on the experience of the former educators on the Mote team, and also based on our experience working with educators and discussing feedback. We also understand that grading is a deeply-ingrained element of most educational systems.

Though grades were initially meant to serve various pedagogical purposes, more recent reforms have focused on “grades as useful tools in an organizational rather than pedagogical enterprise—tools that would facilitate movement, communication, and coordination.

Scheider and Hutt, 2013. Making the grade: a history of the A–F marking scheme

We are fascinated by the research on grading, and are inspired to work alongside educators to explore ways to support the ‘Ungrading’ movement.

How Mote is Evolving

When we thought deeply about the challenges of feedback, and of helping schools to move ‘Beyond Grading’, we realized that we could have more impact if we didn’t start with the assumption that voice notes were the answer.  Instead, we thought: what would it look like to focus on building a better solution for feedback?

Today we are excited to announce Mote’s commitment to a multi-year ambition to work alongside educators to support the process of helping schools and colleges to push ‘Beyond Grading’.  While the challenge feels familiar, it does mark a new chapter for our young company. We don’t know exactly where this path will take us, but we know that it will be shaped by our community and by the lessons we learn together.

Our first step

We’re proud to announce the beta launch of our new product, ‘Loops’. Loops is like an exit ticket for feedback, whether it be written or verbal.  In designing Loops, we had three main goals: 

  1. Increase student engagement with feedback.
  2. Nudge students to take action based on feedback received. 
  3. Inform educators about students’ engagement with feedback.

Loops will soon be available as part of the Mote Chrome extension – we will be launching it for all users on July 4.

Want to learn more? Check out this video!

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Mote Achievements ⭐️

No matter how you use Mote, there’s almost certainly a lot more that you could be doing with voice notes to increase your productivity, human connection and accessible communication.

And, to encourage you on your personal learning quest with Mote, we’ve introduced eight Achievement badges that are unlocked every time you try something new. 🚀

Here’s a run down of the eight Mote Achievements:

Google Docs

Google Docs is the original grand-mammy of Mote integrations and now, there are two super simple ways to use Mote within Google’s flagship Workspace app. To earn your Achievement, you’ll just need to create ten motes within Google Docs, using either commenting or in-page hypermotes.

Google Classroom

There’s so many ways to use Mote within Google Classroom, for feedback, whole-class communication or group discussions. To earn your Achievement, you’ll need to create ten motes within Google Classroom. Mote really is the ideal medium for feedback – so what are you waiting for?!

Google Slides

If you’ve not used Mote for Google Slides, then you’ve been missing out. We’ve created the easiest and fastest way to record and insert audio within Google Slides. To earn your Achievement, you just need to create a single mote within Google Slides.

Google Forms

Did you know that you can use Mote to create voice-powered forms, and to give voice feedback on Forms quizzes? If not, you do now! Check it out – a single mote recorded in Forms is all you need to earn this badge.


You can record motes at any time using the Motepad – it’s what we call the recorder that is part of the Mote extension, easily discovered from your web browser window. Earn your badge by creating a single recording with the Motepad.

Speech to text

We’re big believers in the value of adding speech to text transcription to your voice notes. They make it easier for your recipient to quickly scan your voice note, and to refer back to it at a later time. We’ve made it really easy to access speech to text – it’s a premium feature, but remember you can always access an upgrade by sharing Mote with a friend.


If you have a student or colleague who isn’t a strong native speaker in English (or whatever language you typically communicate), try using Mote’s easy Translation feature. You can translate the transcript of your voice note to your recipient’s native language and help ensure they understand both the content and the intention of your communication.

Mote Certified Educator

If you’ve read this far, then perhaps you’re the kind of person who deserves to become a Mote Certified Educator. You can learn more about this fantastic certification program here.

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Like many reading this, I’m a proud teacher and know how hard it can be to make resources as accessible as possible for all students.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could improve access for all by inserting audio into the body of Google Docs? Until now, that’s been impossible…

Introducing Hypermotes 👋 With Mote installed, all users are able to record and embed their voice into the body of a Google Doc – instantly making all of your docs more accessible, engaging and exciting!


To get going with Hypermotes (per video above):

  • Update to latest version of extension
  • Highlight text/image
  • Tap Mote button
  • Click to start/stop
  • Insert audio
  • Enjoy!


We’d love to hear about what you and your students do with Hypermotes.

From essays to lab reports and vocab tests to interactive newsletters, we’re hearing some great things on social media – join the conversation!

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Mote for Google Forms 2.0

We’re announcing a major update to our Google Forms integration, and I’m super excited to be sharing the details with you all.

First, a bit of history. We started to receive requests to integrate Mote with Google Forms all the way back in May 2020, but due to competing priorities it wasn’t until April of this year that we completed our phase of integration.

Based on the requests received from our users, we decided to start by supporting two ways to incorporate Mote within Google Forms:

  1. Audio descriptions: e.g. for educators to add voice as an accommodation or as part of a language learning assessment
  2. Audio answers: e.g. for students to create voice responses in language assessments.

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to “Mote for Google Forms v2.0”, with three great new features available with Mote extension version

  1. Multiple choice answer options
  2. Quiz mode: immediate feedback
  3. Quiz Mode: individual feedback  

Read on to learn more about each of these new integrations!

Multiple choice answer options 

You can now include a Mote voice note, alongside a text label, within Google Forms multiple choice questions:

Record audio with the ‘motepad’ and add to your multiple-choice options

To record these options, just use the ‘Motepad’ recorder within the Mote browser extension, and then paste your mote links into the multiple-choice options. Students with the Mote extension installed will see both the text label and the Mote audio player.

Students will see both the mote audio and the text description

Quiz mode: immediate feedback 

You can now leave ‘immediate’ voice feedback for both correct and incorrect answers. Start by ensuring that you have checked ‘Immediately’ in the Settings Tab.

Then, within your Form’s question ‘Answer Key’, just add voice feedback (alongside optional text) to either/both the Correct and Incorrect answers.

Students with the Mote extension installed will see both the text label and a playable mote card.

Quiz Mode: individual feedback

To leave individual voice feedback for each student, first select the option to release marks after manual review.

Then, when you receive your student’s response, you can record your mote from the ‘Add feedback’ dialog box:

You can add both typed and voice feedback – students will be able to see both. 

We really look forward to seeing how you use these Google Forms integrations, and to hearing more ideas for voice-powered teaching. Keep on moting!

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Release notes / motes

This page is updated to announce all feature and product launches, with links to other resources with more details.

December 2021

October 2021

  • Support for Tagalog translation
  • New UX for recording motes

September 2021

August 2021

  • New range of mote reactions:
  • Pause recording in Google Classroom
  • Pause recording in Google Slides
  • Extension and iOS app localization into Chinese, French and other languages. Find out how to switch your language.

July 2021

  • iOS app v1.0
  • New pricing page and quote generator

June 2021

  • Localization of Mote extension into multiple languages, including Italian and Spanish.
  • Improvement to Google Slides – all motes added to a ‘Mote audio’ folder

May 2021

  • Sticky motes‘ feature launched
  • Share to Google Classroom feature launched