Saturday, November 10, 2012

Annotation is Collaborative with Crocodoc

Live Classroom 2.0 is my Saturday at noon PD time.  Today, they featured Catherine Flippen (@CatFlippen) who presented her favorite online assessment tools.  For many teachers still tethered to paper, correcting online seems impossible but Ms. Flippen presented several great options for easy assessment of student progress that will make the move from paper to digital just a bit easier.  Her favorite tools were Quia (for quizzes) and Edmodo (for a learning management platform).  I have recently been experimenting with Quizstar and Quizlet for formative assessment and digital flashcards with great success.  (The students love using Quizlet on their phones!)

But this post is not about these great online tools; instead about an obscure reference someone left in the chat called Crocodoc.  This is an application that works in the browser that allows commenting, annotation and markups of pdfs, word docs, images and other office applications like power point.  Once the document has been annotated, you can share it quickly by emailing the link or embedding it in on a web page as you see below.

I can imagine how useful this will be with my students and colleagues.  Many of us are using Diigo with students and teaching them how to annotate web pages and share resources with the class.  Google docs is also an important tool for collaboration and a part of my online classroom.  But Crocodoc is going to be another 'instrument in my kitchen'.  I love that I can easily markup pictures and then invite someone else to join me.  When the work is done, you can download both the original and annotated file and compare the two.

Even though this was not mentioned in today's session, Crocodoc ends up being the tool that caught my attention.  Try it out.