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8 Annotation Tools Teachers should Have


Advantages of the use of annotation tools in education

Educause, 2009  describes the following advantages of using annotation tools in education:

1.The activity of adding reflections move students from being passive consumers of information to active readers engaged in scholarly discussions.
2.Collaborative annotation tools offer new ways for students to work collaboratively to find and evaluate information, share ideas, and create knowledge.
3.Collaborative annotation tools facilitate the incremental growth of information as users review others’ thoughts on a resource before adding their own. By providing the ability to designate who is allowed access to collections of resources, these tools reinforce the character of a cohesive group.
4.Because they are web-based, collaborative annotation applications can be made available to a global community, inviting experts in academic disciplines to provide valuable insight on students’ efforts.
5.As students collectively annotate, organize, and add value to existing resources, they learn how to sift, evaluate, and contribute. When instructors use these tools over time, student efforts might constitute an archive or library of remarks so that subsequent classes can benefit from the observations of their predecessors.

1- Diigo





A great tool to use  to annotate , collect, and highlight content. It also has apps for both Android and iOS. I highly recommend this web tool .


2- Webnotes





Webnotes allows you to highlight and add notes to both web pages and PDFs. You can also use it to organize your bookmarks and share them with others.



3- Awesome Screenshot






This is an extension I use on Chrome to capture screenshots and annotate them bu adding arrows and text boxes.



4- iCyte







This is a great research tool . You can use it to save your bookmarks and just like the previous tools, it lets you annotate and add notes to your web pages.



5- Bounce






This is a cool web tool that lets you take a snapshot of any webpage and add note to it before sharing it with others.




6- Mark.up




Mark.up lets you draw on any webpage with a variety of tools to express your thoughts, make a point or to just simply edit.




7- Screen Draw 




This is an extension for Firefox users.  Screen Draw lets you draw or type text over the top of any page in any colour or size and then save it to png or jpeg.



8- Draw Here





Use the Draw Here bookmarklet to draw on top of web pages while you are browsing the web. If you save your drawings, other Draw Here users will then be able to see your drawings when they go to the same page.

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