Annotation with Digital Devices Motivates Learners to Dive Deeper

Getting students to care about seeking and spreading the truth is one of the key topics in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions. How do we motivate our students to spend a few extra minutes evaluating all the information they consume with a critical eye? Annotation is the key to helping learners evaluate what they read online. Many free mobile apps and web tools allow students to digitally mark up, highlight, and jot down quick thoughts about what they are reading. My students annotate every reading in our class so that their brains learn the process.

Snapchat is one of the coolest ways to get your students to annotate their readings. Students can subscribe to popular publications, such as National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. These publications will send them multimedia visual and video snaps of their top articles. Students can mark up these articles using the highlighting tools, emojis, and stickers as shown in the image below. Get students to add smileys next to points they agree with and angry faces next to points they disagree with. They can also star the main idea or add question marks next to words that are unfamiliar. Try this yourself for a week to see how much fun you have marking up snaps by these major publications. I guarantee you will know more about the world around you! Then challenge your students to do the same.

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If Snapchat isn’t allowed at your school, then get students to use Newsela or OwlEyes to digitally markup assigned articles, current events, and literature. These websites were created for educators. For more resources, check out my article and the slide presentation below, Critical Reading with Digital Devices, posted on ESL Library.

 

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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