11trees Releases the Annotate PRO Toolbar for Canvas
Austin, TX – February 16, 2018 – 11trees LLC, a provider of feedback and student engagement solutions, today announced the Annotate PRO Toolbar for the Canvas LMS.
Optimized for Canvas SpeedGrader™, Annotate PRO’s toolbar makes it easy to create and share simple or sophisticated libraries of reusable comments, then use those libraries to add comments directly to Canvas.
“Faculty love Canvas’ SpeedGrader™ module – for good reason, “ said Andrew McCann, 11trees’ founder. “It removes the mindless clicking required in many other platforms just to move between student submissions and to provide summative and formative feedback.”
Annotate PRO extends Canvas, seamlessly integrating with the SpeedGrader experience to make it easy to highlight a section of a document, search a library of comments in Annotate PRO, then add the selected text before personalizing further. “By pre-writing much of what we know we will say to students we can be mindful and precise, including links to related content – something we would not do if we were sitting with the proverbial red pen and marking hard copies,” McCann continued.
11trees offers the College Edition and Legal Writing Edition libraries of comments providing detailed feedback in key areas like argument, logical fallacies, organization, use of evidence, style, grammar, and first-year legal writing. Individuals can tweak these libraries or create their own. Institutions can use these libraries as starting points then create comments specific to their own curriculum, effortlessly sharing content with potentially hundreds of faculty.
“We see Annotate PRO as a mechanical lever for teachers – helping dramatically improve the written feedback process without taking control away from faculty vs. some of the artificial intelligence solutions currently on the market” McCann added.
Most powerfully, Annotate PRO can keep a history of comments created for a specific student, surfacing this feedback in the toolbar for easy review. This first step towards bringing accountability to feedback is a central pillar of 11trees strategy.
“Academic feedback is a really broken process in many ways. Feedback without reflection and follow up is not effective,” McCann concluded. Annotate PRO can help change this cycle for the better, keep faculty in the tools they already know and love while eliminating thousands of extra clicks and keystrokes.
Annotate PRO is also available for Microsoft Word and Google Docs, which means faculty can use their favorite editing app, accessing exactly the same comment banks wherever they choose to work. 11trees offers a powerful forever-free version as well as individual and institutional licenses.
The developer of Annotate PRO and Q for Success, 11trees is reimagining feedback and student engagement. Focused on extending the platforms teachers and students already know and love, 11trees builds solutions on the Microsoft Office and Google Chrome ecosystems.