Originally posted on The Learning Network blog, this piece dives into what annotation is in general, and provides an overview of web tools to get started with annotating online. The Learning Network is an Educator Innovator partner and this article also features another partner, Hypothes.is.
“Digital annotation is close reading 2.0. Through the visualization of the process of highlighting and noting words, phrases and sentences, students are forced to keep their thinking and writing “close” to the text and its evidence. And, when done with others, students can create what feels like a social network for close reading — a way of working many find much more engaging than individual analog annotation.”
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“A third option is the free web annotation tool developed by the nonprofit Hypothesis. It shares much of the same functionality as Genius and Diigo — it’s predominantly a browser extension, and it too offers private groups — but unlike the other two, it is both open source and, like the web itself, based on open standards. It also has an education department focused on supporting teachers and students using the service.”
By Jeremy Dean and Katherine Schulten
Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at The Learning Network.