A fantastic way for students to discuss and work on projects online is to use an annotation tool. There are a number of ways that students can share websites, documents, and notes, and here are 12 that don’t need registration to use:
- Markkit: Highlight webpages using an online highlighter. Add the bookmarklet to your toolbar, go to a website, highlight some text and then share the URL with others to view. You can also see a list of the things highlighted on a separate page. My review of Markkit
- szoter: This site allows users to mark up an image you upload, find on the internet, or take via screenshot or webcam. There are a number of tools to draw or write on the image before sharing with others or embedding into a website. My review of szoter
- RoohIt: This is the swiss army knife of online highlighters. You can highlight text, share through various methods, create instant pages from your highlights, or add the tools to your website. A little more complex than some other sites, but more functionality.
- Crocodoc: This site allows you to upload a document (Word, PDF, etc.) or image and then comment on it and share with others.
- Bounce: This site takes a screen shot of a webpage and allows you and others to comment on it. It is a fast and easy way of sharing a website with others. My review of Bounce
- Thinkport Tool: Annotator: You can upload a text and then highlight the text using a variety of coloured markers. It is a great way of dissecting a text for content or structure. My review of Thinkport Annotator
- Webklipper: This is an extensive tool that allows you to annotate texts, webpages, PDFs, images, text files, or combine multiple URLs. Share that information with others as well. My review of Webklipper
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