Providing our students with effective feedback is a challenge not only due to the sheer volume of essays we have to read, but also because it can be so tedious—and heavy. Like most teachers, we’ve been toting around back-breaking file folders and stacks of student essays for years. But the alternatives weren’t much more appealing. We tried having students email us their work or submit it via Dropbox. Then we’d open the document in MS Word, type up marginal comments, and email it back to the student. This worked, but frankly, we missed being able to physically write out our thoughts. Instead of going back to toting around hardcopies, we decided to give iAnnotate a shot and it hasn’t let us down.
iAnnotate: A greener, simpler way to provide effective feedback
For a mere $9.99, iAnnotate allows users to read and physically annotate Word/PowerPoint files on their iPad.
Want to provide effective feedback? Simply touch a blank area of a document, choose your tool—pen, highlighter, note, strike through or voice recorder—and go for it. Confused about a student’s word choice? Tap on the word in question and make your note. iAnnotate will also sync documents with Dropbox, which makes it easy to stay organized.
To learn more about iAnnotate, check out the video below.
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