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Annotate PRO: College Edition Library

Annotate PRO College Edition Library includes over 100+ pre-written comments grouped by Argument, Evidence, Organization, Writing Style, and Grammar/Mechanics. Detailed comments on MLA and APA citation styles are included.

You use this library of comments wherever you are creating feedback for students. Microsoft Word. Google Docs. Gmail. Schoolology. Canvas. Moodle. Annotate PRO is a cloud library combined with apps for Microsoft Word 2016 and Google Chrome.

 

Works With:

 

Whether Word or Google Chrome you can search your library by typing a few letters, choosing a particular comment, and clicking Enter. Your comment will appear wherever your cursor was blinking.

Edit your library through a fast, simple webpage.

Any instructor should consider using AnnotateProCE for Word is you grade papers. There is no better way to provide positive feedback on writing and content than this software.

It is extremely easy to use.

Sonja Sheffiled

Strayer University

Wow, I wish I had found this even sooner. With working with doctoral students, and trying to provide mountains of feedback, I need all the help I can get and this tool is exactly the thing I was looking for. I am also recommending the Writer’s Toolkit to all of my students.

Dr. Kaye Shelton

Professor of Education, Lamar University

Pricing:

Individual

For individual purchase...
$24/year
  • Library of 100+ comments specific to College and High School (college prep) writing
  • Library authored by instructors with 30 years’ first-year college teaching experience
  • 70 open slots you can use to add your own content
  • Fast editing of any & all comments to suit your needs
  • Full-text search when inserting comments
  • Cloud library accessible across all your computers – macOS, Windows (iPad coming summer 2017)
  •  Accounts for all faculty
  •  Automatic provisioning of accounts
  • Custom Comment Libraries
  • Sharing Comment Libraries
  • Student accounts
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Institution+

For a serious dialog...
$795/year
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  • Library of 100+ comments specific to College and High School (college prep) writing
  • Library authored by instructors with 30 years’ first-year college teaching experience
  • 70 open slots instructors can use to add their own content
  • Fast editing of any & all comments to suit individual needs
  • Full-text search when inserting comments
  • Cloud library accessible across all your computers – macOS, Windows (iPad coming summer 2017)
  •  Accounts for all faculty
  • $0.35 per student per year
  • Automatic provisioning of accounts
  •  Custom Comment Libraries
  •  Sharing Comment Libraries
  •  Student accounts
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FAQ

How do I install Annotate PRO for Microsoft Word 2016?

From inside Microsoft Word 2016:

  1. Visit the Insert tab
  2. Click the Store icon
  3. Search for “Annotate PRO”
  4. Click Add to install
  5. Look for the Annotate tab in your Word 2016 Ribbon
  6. Click on the Annotate Ribbon, then Annotate Home
  7. Login or create an account
  8. If you create an account by registering with email, Annotate PRO will send you an email to verify you own the email address used to sign up. You must click on a link in this verification email before proceeding. The email message is sent within seconds but may go to a SPAM folder or similar. If you don’t have access to a SPAM folder, check with your IT department to see if they have quarantine such confirmation emails. The email will:
    1. Come ‘from’ noreply@11trees.com
    2. Have a subject line of, “Verify your email for 11trees, developers of Annotate for Google Chrome and Microsoft Word.”

Once you have validated your email:

  • You’ll have a Comment Library with 10 entries focused on argument. You can edit any & all of them.
  • You can install additional libraries, like the full 170+ entry College Edition Library, by:
    1. Click on the Annotate Ribbon, then Annotate Home
    2. Click Add a Library from the Annotate PRO taskpane
    3. Click College Edition and follow the prompts

 

How do I install Annotate PRO for Google Chrome?

 

 

Using the Chrome browser on Windows/macOS/Linux/Chromebook:

After installation, look for the  icon in the Chrome toolbar. Click it to insert text wherever your cursor currently resides (you may have to reload your current page).

Why change Annotate from the old version? I liked the old CE version!

We created the first version of Annotate in 2008…and thousands of teachers and students have benefitted since.

The first version only worked on Windows; we added a Mac version in around 2011 and soon half or more of our users were on a Mac (walk into any coffee shop and you’ll see the same thing).

Annotate was always caught between Mac and Windows, because Microsoft perennially ignored Mac. We were using two completely different code bases, plugging into Microsoft Word the only ways possible at the time.

Microsoft has completely overhauled the way that developer can extend Office. There are many, many benefits to the change but also a few drawbacks if you’re a diehard Annotate user.

Two steps forward (the good):

  • Modern look and feel.
  • Support from Microsoft – they’re serious about this new approach.
  • Will work on iPad!  We’re not there yet, but this will be a pretty easy addition, we think.
  • Cloud libraries: wherever you can log into Microsoft Word (using Word Online, for instance) you can use your Annotate PRO library. No more worrying about work vs. home computers, or Mac vs. Windows.
  • Full text search: instead of searching the ribbon for the right comment, you can just start typing and Annotate PRO will surface matching comments. Zing! Pow!
  • Easy sharing with fellow faculty and students. We can automate assigning custom libraries to users with specific email addresses. So everyone logging in with an “@youruniversity.edu” address can automatically get a custom library and/or access to our College Edition Library.

One step backwards (the not so good):

  • No offline access. See this FAQ post for more info and to comment/complain/wish.
  • Long-time Annotate users (on Microsoft Word) will miss the automatic insert-comment-bubble-AND-Annotate-comment speed that came with a single click of a button in the Ribbon. Microsoft have not provided developers with a way to insert a comment bubble yet, so you have to manually insert a blank Word comment, then select a specific Comment from your Annotate PRO library. Once the ability to add blank Word comment bubbles is made available to developers we’ll be able to streamline this step. Until then, we suggest Microsoft Word users add “New Comment” to the Word 2016 Quick Access Toolbar. Here’s how.
What is a Custom Comment Library?

Annotate PRO is free and comes with ten Comments (focused on college/high school argumentative writing) that you can quickly change to suit your needs.

User can purchase additional libraries that we created and maintain: College Edition, Legal Writing Edition, and others to come.

Most powerfully, schools can design their own libraries that we can automatically provide to their teachers and students.

By simply creating an Annotate PRO account at a site license institution, new users will automatically get the library or libraries intended.

So high schools could develop a library specific to their curriculum, using our College Edition as a starting point, then automate sharing of that library to all teachers.

The following year the school district might add a library intended for middle school teachers, scaffolding feedback and aligning with the high school curricula and Annotate PRO library.

Another school might develop a library specific to peer review or English Language Learners (providing dual language responses, for instance).

A university might create a library intended for peer tutors and TAs, to speed training and improve consistency amongst many graders.

Schools can author their libraries using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets using our content as a starting point. We review the library, then upload to our servers and do some behind the scenes work – all within a couple of days. Then BOOM! Potentially hundreds of teachers (and students?) can be using the library to create better feedback more quickly.

Just Contact Us to learn more!

How do I purchase Annotate PRO College Edition?

 

Annotate PRO College Edition is free until June 30, 2017. So you can kick the tires, make sure you like what you see…

You can’t buy Annotate PRO, as an individual, yet! We haven’t implemented a payment process:) We wanted to get the new Annotate out into the world, post haste.

We are are working with schools for 2017-2018 academic year licenses. Just Contact Us to begin that process.

After June 30th, 2017:

  1. Individual buyers should install Annotate PRO; purchases are handled inside the app.
  2. Institutional buyers should Contact Us with their preference for PO or Credit Card payment.

Can I use Annotate PRO on an iPad?

Soon!

Like, summer 2017 – just in time for the new academic year.

Microsoft, to their great credit, have made their cool new Apps for Office solution work on Office for iPad, too.

So if you’ve got Microsoft Word on your iPad you’ll be able to use Annotate PRO there – same library, same full-text search.

Can I use Annotate PRO on a Chromebook?

Yes!

You can install from here. Or get your school’s Google Suite administrator to add Annotate PRO to all teacher accounts with just a couple of clicks…

We can add your institution’s email domain (like YourISD.edu) to our database and every user will automatically get a specific Comment Library or Libraries.

Automation is so cool!

Can I use Annotate PRO on an Android tablet?

No.

You can try to use Word Online on your tablet, but your experience will vary with the version of Android, power of your tablet etc. We don’t anticipate it will be a great experience.

And we aren’t aware of any plans on the part of Microsoft to bring Office to Android tablets.

Google, for its part (as the creators of Android) have been working for years to bring ChromeOS and Android together.

ChromeOS is based on the Chrome browser and is the operating system behind millions of Chromebooks. Chromebooks, by very definition, will never run Microsoft Office. Android tablets cannot run Chrome Extensions, either – which means you can’t use the Annotate PRO for Google Chrome Extension.

 

Why would I want my students to have Annotate PRO?

Peer review is one the greatest under-used pedagogical strategies.

But student writers, no matter their level, often struggle with providing coherent, constructive feedback.

Annotate PRO can dramatically improve students’ responses to each other, and their assessment of their own work, by providing them with the language of response.

They can highlight some text in their own or a fellow student’s work, then search a Comment Library for an appropriate response.

We can work with your institution to design a Comment Library specifically for peer review, so that the observations (the text the student chooses) is written at the appropriate level and includes questions to help the student dig further into the particular issue.

For instance, a Comment concerning argument might begin:

  • Your writing could be stronger here – I don’t think you really believe what you’re saying.

The peer reviewer would select the above text, but then be prompted to continue, making suggestions to help the student writer state their opinions more vehemently along with ideas to improve the logic of the underlying argument.

At the very least, having access to the Comment Libraries used by their faculty will further demystify writing and help them understand more deeply what good writing looks and feels like.