Showing posts with label Crocodoc. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crocodoc. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Three Tools for Commenting on PDFs

In history classes I have often had students read primary source documents or copies of them in PDF format. For many students the challenge of reading primary source documents is understanding the vocabulary and or the context of those documents. If you have students use PDF annotation tools they can add questions and notes to documents as they read. When they share those annotated PDFs with you, you have a ready source of discussion questions. Here are three services that your students can use to comment on PDFs.

Marqueed is a service that allows users to create and discuss collections of images and PDFs. Using Marqueed you can highlight and draw on images as well as PDFs. You can share MarQueed files or keep your files private. Likewise you can create private and public collections of files.

If you upload a PDF to Google Drive, you can add comments to it. That comments won't be attached to specific parts of the PDF. The comments will appear in right-hand margin under the comments button.

Crocodoc is a simple service that allows users to quickly share and edit PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint files.To use Crocodoc just upload your file, select your marking tool, and get to work. Crocodoc provides a unique url for every file you upload. Share that url with the people you want to have comment on your PDF, Word file, or PowerPoint slides. You can also embed your file into a blog post or webpage and allow people to comment on it there.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Collaboratively Annotate PDFs on Your iPad

On Sunday I ran a post about using Crocodoc to collaboratively annotate PDFs online. One aspect of Crocodoc that I forgot to mention is that it uses HTML5 which means that it will work on iPads. I was reminded of this aspect today when TechCrunch ran a story announcing Crocodoc's newest features for app developers. Try the personal version of Crocodoc here.

Applications for Education
As I wrote on Sunday, Crocodoc could be very useful for students to use for peer editing activities. In the comments of my Sunday post Maru Busico-Flight shared the idea of using Crocodoc to grade and comment on  her students papers then return them online.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Try Crocodoc for Collaboratively Annotating PDFs

Yesterday, I received an email from a reader who was looking for a free tool that she and her students could use to collaboratively annotate PDFs. While you can comment on PDFs in Google Drive, you can't yet anchor those comments to a specific part of a PDF (at least I haven't figured out how to do that yet). The tool that I recommended instead is Crocodoc.

Crocodoc is a simple service that allows users to quickly share and edit PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint files.To use Crocodoc just upload your file, select your marking tool, and get to work. Crocodoc provides a unique url for every file you upload. Share that url with the people you want to have comment on your PDF, Word file, or PowerPoint slides. You can also embed your file into a blog post or webpage and allow people to comment on it there.

Applications for Education
Crocodoc could be very useful for online peer editing of documents. You could also embed a document into your class blog and ask students to comment on what they're reading. You might also use an embedded document with annotations to model proper peer editing practices.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Crocodoc - Share and Mark-up Documents

Crocodoc is a simple service that allows users to quickly share and edit PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint files. Using Crocodoc does not require you to register for an account. To use Crocodoc just upload your file, select your marking tool, and get to work. Crocodoc provides a unique url for every file you upload. Share that url with the people you want to have comment on your document or PowerPoint slides. Crocodoc doesn't have nearly the number of editing options that you would find in Google Docs or Zoho Writer, but Crocodoc does have the advantage in simplicity as it doesn't require users to have accounts in order to collaborate.

TechCrunch and Larry Ferlazzo both had good things to say about Crocodoc last week.

Applications for Education
Crocodoc is a very simple service that could be quite useful for students to peer edit each other's documents and slides. The sticky note option in Crocodoc could be useful for writing suggestions in the margins of a document while still giving the document's creator the final creative control.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Scriblink - Your Online Collaborative Whiteboard
Scribblar - Simple, Effective, Creative Collaboration
Postica - Collaborative Sticky Notes