There are quite a few ways to share and annotate websites for free, but many of them need registration or installation. One simple webtool that doesn’t require any registration at all and is very simple to use is markkit.net. Here is how to use it:
- Go to markkit.net and click-and-drag the picture of the highlighter to your web browser bookmark bar.
- Go to a website you wish to markup and share and click on the bookmarklet you just added to the bookmark bar (likely labelled ‘markkit’).
- Click-and-drag over the area you wish you highlight in yellow. When you release the mouse button, the text will remain yellow and will create a new hyperlink for that text.
- Click on the ‘MARKKIT’ red tab at the top of page to go to a list of the text you have highlighted on this page and any other page you have marked up in this browser. Click on any of the text listed and it will take you to a highlighted version of that page.
- Copy the URL from the top bar of your browser. You can now share this page with anyone by email, Twitter, shared document, etc. and the other person will be able to see the page with the highlighted text. They can then click-and-drag over other text to add to the highlighting.
- Click on any of the highlighted text on the page and it will perform a Google web search for that text.
This tool could be quite useful for students in a reading or group activity where they need to find and share information with their fellow students or with their teacher. Since it is so easy to use, students of any level should be able to use it.
Have you used markkit before? How did it work for you? Would you have any other suggestions on how to use it or any other annotation tool? Feel free to add your comments in the section below, send me a tweet at @nathanghall, or email me using the contact form on this site. Thanks!