Hypothesis - A Social Annotation Tool to Enhance Students Reading Comprehension and to Build Critical Thinking and Community in Class

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Hypothes.is is a great tool for annotating web pages and PDFs. It is premised on the concept of social annotation allowing students to annotate content collaboratively. Collaborative annotation, as stated by Hypothes.is, "makes reading active, visible, and social, enabling students to engage with their texts, teachers, ideas, and each other in deeper, more meaningful ways."


As a teacher, you can use Hypothes.is with your students to enhance their reading skills and expand their reading comprehension by engaging them in discussions in the margins of assigned reading materials. Students can share their annotations with each other. They can add notes and tags, highlight sections in text and respond to each other's comments. 

Hypothes.is, featured in our best web annotation tools for teachers, allows you to keep track of students reading, access their annotations, monitor their  conversations and many more. Hypothes.is is integrated with several learning management systems including: Schoology, Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, and many more. 

Hypothes.is is also ideal for research students. It can be used to initiate discussions about topic-specific readings with fellow researchers. Annotations have unique URLs making it easy to share them with anyone. In fact, Hypothes.is is already being used in several research projects, check out this page to see examples. To learn more about how Hypothes.is is used in education, check out these resources for teachers, students, and administrators.

The way Hypothes.is works is simple: Sign up to annotate (registration is free), install Hypothesis Chrome extension or add its bookmarklet to your browser, head over to any web page or open a PDF in your browser and start annotating.

Watch the video below to learn more about Hypothes.is in education