Showing posts with label web annotation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label web annotation. Show all posts

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Annotary - Another Nice Bookmarking Service

Annotary is a new social bookmarking service that I started trying out this morning and so far I like it. Annotary reminds me a bit of the popular Diigo bookmarking service. Using Annotary in Chrome I can bookmark sites, highlight portions of pages, and annotate pages with sticky notes. Just like any good online bookmarking service, Annotary allows you to share bookmarks and search other peoples shared bookmarks.


Applications for Education
If you're still saving your bookmarks to your browser only, make this school year the year that you start saving your bookmarks online. Annotary could be a great service to get you started on that path. By saving your bookmarks online you will always be able to access them regardless of which computer you use. And by adding annotations to the pages you save in your Annotary account you'll never wonder why you bookmarked a particular site.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Szoter - Annotate Pictures and Take Screenshots

Szoter is a free online tool for annotating images that are stored on your computer. You can also use Szoter to capture and annotate screenshots.

You can use Szoter on the web or download the Adobe Air version of it to run on your desktop. Either way you can upload images, draw on those images, and type on those images. When you're done annotating and drawing on your images you can save them to your local computer or share them online through your favorite social networks. Szoter can also be used to capture your screen and create annotated screen captures. The video below provides a demonstration of Szoter.


szoter.com screencast from szoter on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Szoter could be a great service to use when you need to create directions on how to use a new website or software. You could also have students use Szoter to create annotated images that they then arrange in sequence to tell a story.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Shared Copy - Collaborate and Annotate on Any Webpage

Update July 2020 - This resource is no longer available.

Last night I Tweeted a link to three tools for marking and sharing websites. Nathan Hall replied with the suggestion of looking at Shared Copy. Shared Copy is a tool for bookmarking, annotating, and sharing webpages. Using Shared Copy you can save a page, draw on it, add comments to it in text boxes, and highlight parts of the page. If you others to look at your comments on the page, Shared Copy offers many ways to do that through social networks and through email.

Applications for Education
Shared Copy could be a good tool to use to provide students with feedback on design elements of their digital portfolios. You could also use Shared Copy to highlight and draw attention to a block of text that you want your students to read prior to a classroom discussion.

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.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Yawas - Web Annotation Tool for Firefox and Chrome

Yawas is a free web annotation tool for Firefox and Chrome built on top of Google Bookmarks. Yawas enables you to highlight text on any webpage and save it in your Google Bookmarks account. Once Yawas is installed just highlight the text on a page, right click, and send it to your Google Bookmarks account. Watch the video below to see Yawas in action.


Applications for Education
Yawas, like other web annotation tools, can be helpful for students conducting research online. Rather than bookmarking an entire page or site and then wondering what it was about that page that they needed, they can select just what they need and save just what they need. And it should go without saying that clipping part of a page is much much better than printing many pages from the web. 

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