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Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Annotate PRO

Canvas and Annotate PRO

Annotate PRO is optimized for Canvas, and Canvas SpeedGrader in particular, however. No integration with Canvas is required to use Annotate PRO. Just install our Chrome Extension, create an account, refresh any open pages, set our toolbar where you want it (or leave it off), and you’re good to go!

You can use Annotate PRO all over Canvas, to quickly search and add pre-written comments to any text entry area including:

  • SpeedGrader margin comments
  • SpeedGrader Assignment comments
  • SpeedGrader rubric comments
  • Discussion responses
  • Content pages

Open a toggle below to get a quick sense of Annotate PRO and Canvas…or keep reading!

Annotate PRO & Canvas brief Video

Attention Canvas users!

On April 25, 2020 Canvas changed a little bit…and ‘broke’ the magic Annotate PRO integration that adds comment bubbles to SpeedGrader and inserts AP comments…

The change also broke AP’s ability to add a comment to an existing SpeedGrader comment bubble.

We’ve got a fix in the works…and you can get it NOW if you’re willing to take 2 minutes and install a beta version of AP that we’ll soon be releasing to Google so everyone can benefit automatically. So click below to join our beta program…and you’ll be back in business in 3 minutes or less.

After signing up visit the AP Beta page for installation instructions and release notes (that is, what’s in the beta?). There’s some great stuff…including support for Carriage Return in SpeedGrader comments and a new “double-wide” sidebar option.


Join the AP Beta Program!

To gain all the latest features to Annotate PRO (AP) please sign up for our free beta program.
Reminder: AP is free to all individual educators through December 31, 2020!

Annotate PRO has some special sauce when it comes to SpeedGrader: optionally logging your comments against the current student.

Why would you want to do this?

  1. Effortlessly create a history of comments for each student, which you can quickly scan – from within SpeedGrader  – and also dig into basic analytics.
  2. By saving even free form (custom) comments entered into SpeedGrader you can easily extend your libraries of reusable comments based on actual feedback you provide

Lets step through these capabilities in a bit more detail:

Adding Reusable Comments – Annotate PRO Toolbars & Popup

Click any image to see a larger version. Better yet, install Annotate PRO and you could be experimenting for yourself 60 seconds from now:)

Once you install Annotate PRO for Google Chrome and refresh any open Canvas pages, you’ll have access the College Edition Library and a starter Library for your own use – both of which you can easily modify and extend. Of course you can create new Libraries.

The screenshot at the right shows the optional Annotate PRO toolbar docked to the top of the screen. The user has replied to a discussion post, clicked in the green Annotate search box, then typed “+” to get a list of positive comments to use. They have selected one specific to explanations, hit Enter, and the comment has appeared in the discussion reply ready for editing.

Alternately, you can type CTRL-ALT-A from just about any text entry area to jump to the search box, scroll through results, hit Enter and see your selection magically appear in Canvas. There are also a host of blue Favorite buttons visible, which you can simply click to add a comment.

In this example we’re looking at a student document in SpeedGrader. The user has highlighted text, as if to add a manual comment, but then they have clicked on a blue Favorite button in the Annotate PRO toolbar.

Hovering over any button shows the contents of that button in a black tooltip.

The user has clicked the Favorite button and Annotate has added a new comment plus the pre-written text.

Notice that the text, from our College Edition library, includes a link out to additional reading so the student can dig into the subject further.

If you click to make this image larger you’ll be able to make out the history of comments for this student. The instructor can scroll back in time, across multiple assignments and even academic terms, to quickly review earlier feedback. More on this in the Feedback History section below.

In this example the toolbar is closed and the user has popped open Annotate PRO from the Google Chrome menu.

Annotate PRO is always available this way. ALT-A will work as a shortcut so you can click into a comment area, then pop Annotate to search or click a Favorite.

Annotate PRO also offers right-click access to your libraries in most plain text area entry areas.

Feedback History

Annotate PRO can save all of your feedback in SpeedGrader – creating a history for each student. Not just comments you add from your AP Libraries, but also custom comments you type into margin comments, rubric comments, or overall assignment feedback.

Toggle History ON from the AP popup (click the superhero ‘A’ in your Chrome menu) to begin. History defaults to OFF.

You can then visit your Feed (see below for an example screenshot) to review feedback in aggregate or at the individual student level. You can quickly filter by course, assignment, and student.

Data is broken down by comment Group and then frequently used specific comments…so you can find patterns, make student conferences more efficient, and hold students accountable for the feedback you’ve already provided.