Annotate, Collaborate, and Learn with Marginal Syllabus and Educator Innovator

April 06, 2017
By Educator Innovator

Join us this month as we launch our partnership with Marginal Syllabus with a Hypothesis annotathon of By Any Media Necessary and a kick-off webinar with the book’s authors.

Educator Innovator is very excited to announce a new partnership with Marginal Syllabus. Starting in April, Educator Innovator will host a dynamic opportunity for open learning via author partnerships, annotathons (more on these below!), and webinars—all in conjunction with Marginal Syllabus, a multi-stakeholder collaboration between Hypothesis, a non-profit organization building an open platform for discussion on the web, Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, CO, and Researchers and teacher educators from the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development in Denver, CO. The founders of Marginal Syllabus aim to advance educator professional development about education in/equity through the use of participatory learning technologies. You can learn more at the Marginal Syllabus website.

By partnering with Marginal Syllabus, Educator Innovator seeks to facilitate open learning for educators in all kinds of spaces (in schools, libraries, and afterschool programs to name a few). We are enthusiastic about the potential for collaborative learning, exploration, and dialogue brought about by “social reading” and the online tools like Hypothesis that make it possible. We already know there is tremendous power in reading, writing and discussing together, and this collaboration makes it even easier, extending the conversation across space and time.

By now, we hope you’re asking yourself how you can benefit from this partnership and participate yourself. Join us for the following events in April:

This month, we’re continuing a strand of Educator Innovator programming related to the experiences and challenges of American-Muslim youth today with Sangita Shresthova’s chapter of By Any Media Necessary titled, “Storytelling and Surveillance: The Precarious Public of American Muslim Youth.” In this chapter, Shresthova describes what everyday life, both online and off, is like for young American-Muslims in the post-9/11 era and explores how this population navigates activism, online communication, and increasing surveillance of their communities. When applying the lens of equity to this chapter (which Marginal Syllabus takes up as a guiding principle), we imagine educators will be able to see clearly why exploring these issues with students from all backgrounds remains critical.

We’ve outlined 3 easy steps for you to get involved, with more details about these events and instructions for how to jump in:

Step 1: Learn More about Marginal Syllabus and Annotathons

The Marginal Syllabus is an informal educator professional learning effort that convenes monthly annotation conversations, or “annotathons,” about issues of educational equity. Marginal Syllabus organizers partner with authors and education experts whose scholarly perspectives may be considered marginal to dominant conventions of schooling and education. The openly accessible texts of partner authors – whether book chapters or blog posts – are selected as online forums for conversation among K-12 and postsecondary educators via the open educational practices of web annotation (conversations that occur in a text’s margins). Both the individual texts where monthly dialogue occurs – and the syllabus as a cohesive, growing document – represent a dynamic conversation that seeks to open texts as contexts for educators’ interest-driven learning. For even more context, you can read a recent blog post by Marginal Syllabus co-founder, Remi Kalir, about upcoming events and the Educator Innovator partnership here.

Step 2: Get Started with

Getting started with is as easy as clicking on this activated link to the chapter to jump in: Storytelling and Surveillance: The Precarious Public of American Muslim Youth. From here you can see and read all public annotations. Join/login to add your own.

You can also use this platform more regularly to annotate this and other online content. If you are new to either open web annotation or the platform Hypothesis, follow these steps to set it up on your browser:

  • It is recommended that you use Google Chrome as your browser
  • Visit Hypothesis and select the red “Install” button (mid-page)
  • When prompted, select “Add Extension”
  • Follow instructions in the newly opened tab – create a username, enter your email address and a password, and that’s it!
  • Also, at note how to toggle the annotation menu via a button in Chrome’s location bar, as well as the different types of annotation you can add to a text – including page notes, highlights, comments, and replies to annotations.

Step 3: Participate!

You can participate in the following ways during the month of April.


In April, we feature the book By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism (NYU Press, 2016) authored by Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, and Arely Zimmerman.

The Marginal Syllabus annotathon will feature Sangita Shresthova’s Chapter 4: Storytelling and Surveillance: The Precarious Public of American Muslim Youth” The annotathon will occur from Monday, April 24th through Sunday, April 30th.


Last month, in a Connected Learning TV webinar titled “Growing Up American-Muslim: Challenges and Opportunities in the Classroom & Beyond,” teachers and youth convened to discuss the experiences of American-Muslim students and teachers across geographic and educational contexts. This month, we are joined by authors of By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism (2016, NYU Press) and dive deeper into this topic by looking at a related chapter called “Storytelling and Surveillance: The Precarious Public of American Muslim Youth.” This conversation kicks off a week-long annotathon hosted by Marginal Syllabus. Watch the webinar live or view the archive at Educator Innovator at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern on Tuesday, April 25th.


Click on this already-activated link to see and read the annotated version: Storytelling and Surveillance: The Precarious Public of American Muslim Youth. Join/login to to get started with your own.

You can also download the Hypothesis extension. Use the tool to comment on the text and converse with others who are also annotating it. Your annotations will be visible to anyone on the web who also has Hypothesis engaged.


While you are annotating, you can also keep a lookout for others who will be annotating with Hypothesis, and engage with them throughout the week. You’ll find:

The authors of By Any Media Necessary:

The organizers of Marginal Syllabus:

We’ll also be posting updates @Innovates_Ed on Twitter and at the Educator Innovator blog.

Stay tuned for more details about our text and author partnership for May, when we’ll be hosting another annotathon and webinar with Marginal Syllabus.

We look forward to learning with you!