I’m always on the look-out for web tools that can mimc a key instructional strategy I use with students in the classroom — having them use post-it notes to annotate books or articles so they can demonstrate their use of reading strategies (asking questions, making connections, etc.).
I thought it would a good subject for another “The Best…” list.
In order to make this list, it had to be available free-of-charge, be accessible to English Language Learners, and not require any downloads of any kind.
Here are my choices for The Best Applications For Annotating Websites (not in order of preference):
A.nnotate is the newest addition to this list. Instead of describing A.nnotate in detail here, though, I’m going to suggest you read a very thorough description of it — with screenshots — at The Make Use Of blog.
Rooh It! is the newest addition to this list. Since the Make Use of blog has written a good post describing it, I’m going to encourage you to read their explanation. One new change, though, is that you now have to register in order to use it.
I’d like to highlight a couple of great features, though. One, you don’t have to register for it. And, two, all you have to do is put “roohit.com/” before any web URL address and you can start highlighting and leaving notes about it.
The only negative I see is that it looks a little “busy” — English Language Learners could be a bit confused by all the initial options and text. But a short teacher explanation should take care of that.
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As always, feedback is welcome.