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In Summit Reflections, educators review tools that they have seen at an EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. Summit Reflections can only be completed onsite at the event; reviewers are incentivized to leave reviews.
Drew, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School

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Usage: Annotating the internet! The internet can be shared, copied, pasted, altered, and annotated. Students can take part in this process with Hypothesis.is

Strengths: It allows students to use their research/internet skills to further annotate and expand texts into living documents. It solves the problem of having to read/skim through physical copies of texts to view student annotations.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) have an export feature that allows you to export annotations into a spreadsheet that you can rubric-grade

2) insert a grading function so that I can better track student completion of assignments

3) boost protection of student identities and student work by defaulting to class/group annotations. Don't ever make the annotations public?

This is AWESOME

Verdict: This is a great way to make texts accessible, personalized, shared, and collaborative. Students need to know how to think about texts, but they also need to share their thoughts. Hypothesis.is makes that happen.

Rachel, Ela/Science Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School

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Usage: I would use this annotation tool as a weekly assignment for my students when we are annotating different texts/readings in the classroom. In addition, I would use this tool for students who are nervous about sharing their answers whole class and allow for students to respond to their peers thoughts as well.

Strengths: This product allows for students to move at their pace and annotate the important parts of the text and view what other students are saying about the text.

Also, this product allows for teachers to clearly read students responses and give feedback to students right away.

Finally, this product allows for students to work on their typing skills and agree to disagree to one's responses.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I would allow for teachers to have the ability to create different classes within the tool, so the teacher can view the annotated work easier.

2. I would insert a submit function so students can let their teacher know when they have completed an annotation within the text.

3. I would create a tool/button where students can like or dislike a reply that they read.

Verdict: I would recommend this tool because it allows for students to become familiar with using different tools on the computer, especially since more colleges are turning to on-line textbooks. Also, I would recommend this product for the feedback portion that students are able to participate in by reading their peers responses and give feedback.

Middle School Technology, School Type: Middle School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would use it to annotate professional journals that I read online.

Strengths: Tools for annotation on any device. Can be used in a classroom setting. I can see the English and Social Studies teachers putting this product to great use with the students as they read primary sources.

Suggestions for Improvement: I need to work with this product more before I can make suggestions. I like the fact that Dr. Dean indicated that they are very hands on and will work to make the product meaningful to it's users.

Verdict: I know that we have been working on close reading and that this is another tools that we can add to out toolkit for both teachers and students.

Lab Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this tool to annotate different passages and articles that I read throughout the day.

Strengths: Some strengths of this tool is that tit's free. You can use it individually or with a class. In addition, it's easy to install and operate.

Suggestions for Improvement: I honestly can't think of any improvements to make this platform better. It seems easy to use and it's free. I don't think you can get better than that!

Verdict: I would recommend this product because you can literally use it with anyone, anywhere, anytime. You can annotate articles and leave comments and interact with others.

Teacher, School Type: High School

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Usage: There isn't enough structure. It seems a bit too overwhelming.

Strengths: The ability to annotate any website is valuable. The chunking ability is great as well. Being able to put kids in groups makes the plug-in more feasible in the classroom.

Suggestions for Improvement: The product should be able to erase annotations if you don't want them on the page. At the very least, there should probably be a "start fresh" feature that allows the student to annotate free of other annotations and makes the product easier to read and navigate.

Verdict: 1. Very overwhelming.

2. Seems with more input, the more difficult to organize.

3. The ability to annotate any website is great.

Teacher/Librarian, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would like to use it for a debate class.

Strengths: I think I could use this. The issue is privacy. It's hard to have students posting things to the world. I would rather have an administer control.

Suggestions for Improvement: Closed to only my students. I'm not sure id tit is legal to have students under 18 post public comments. Also, it would be new to have a few articles ready to go for different disciplines. Maybe have an article ready week to week. An article on current events.

Verdict: Use it for online newspaper articles.

Instructional Tech, School Type: Other, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this product to teach kids to thoughtfully evaluate and annotate online articles. There is a huge need to both students and teachers to interact with and not just consume information in online resources.

Strengths: There are so many strengths. This product reduces the need for teachers to copy articles to hand out to kids. This product ensures that students do at least some thoughtful engagement with reading.

Suggestions for Improvement: I can't think of anything really at this time. One thing that I might suggest would be to provide teachers with some form of professional development.

Verdict: Our students don't have enough opportunities to use online resources. They often don't read critically or collaborate with peers. I love that this is a nonprofit company and I admire the work that they do.

Jordan, Ela Teacher. School Type: Middle School

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Usage: I would use this product to have my students annotate a wide variety of tech and web sites online.

Strengths: I love the fact that this is so easy to customize. Students can use this for private notes or group discussion. Teachers can use it to ask questions or provide information.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great if there were better built in ways to actually grade notes, which I know is a function they're already working on

Verdict: I think annotating is an essential skill. Moreover the fact that students can see each others notes would be really helpful for creating discussion outside the classroom. Most importantly, the fact that this is open source and free is truly revolutionary.

Gloria, Technology Consultant. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: To annotate or highlight professional articles

Strengths: This site is great for taking notes.

Suggestions for Improvement: I know this site is really not geared to educators but maybe there could be a version that is.

Verdict: This is a great tool for annotating. I am still not sure how to use it with students yet.

Valerie, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would love for my students to be able to complete weekly online current event readings that they can annotate and blog about. I love that hypothes.is will populate their responses onto a page that allows me to check their readings.

I also am quite interested in having the students respond to each other as prewrites to blog posts. Jeremy showed me how Hypothes.is can be used to help others get comments for their personal writing. This kind of feedback is invaluable and will allow them to correct and revise their work.

Strengths: Really well: possibilities
There are so many ways to use this online highlighting and commenting tool. I see all disciplines benefiting from using it in the classroom.

Problems: I have not seen any to comment on

Suggestions for Improvement: ??
At the current time, I do not see any ways to improve.

Verdict: The product is free and useful.

There are many ways that I could use Hypothes.is in my class:
annotating current events
close reading for literary terms of online text
commenting on student work (teacher comments and student comments)
highlighting important information within a text

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