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How much time do your teachers, tutors, TAs, or even students spend providing feedback to each other?

How hard is it to inspire consistency and high standards in the feedback created? What about professional development in support of new initiatives (project based learning, writing across the curriculum) and ramping up new faculty, tutors, or TAs?

How valuable would it be to help your impassioned educators created 2x better feedback in 1/3 the time?

Annotate PRO is a library of comments that teachers, TAs, tutors, or students can use to more efficiently and mindfully create better feedback. We provide apps for Microsoft Word and Google Chrome to ensure you always have access to this library – whether commenting on a student’s Word doc, a Google Slides presentation, writing an email in Gmail, or posting discussion board responses in Canvas.

Individuals can license Annotate PRO, and we provide College Edition and Legal Writing Edition libraries to help jump-start better feedback.

Even more impactfully, we can partner with your institution to develop custom comment libraries automatically shared with your teachers, tutors, TAs, students – whoever you specify.

How Hard is it to Create a Custom Library?

If you can author a Google Sheet or Excel spreadsheet you can create a custom library. We’ll provide you with our College Edition or Legal Writing Edition library as a starting point, if you’d like, and off you go – with our help, if you’d like.

Extend College Edition to target critical thinking more directly. Or translate it for use in your middle schools. Add links to your own materials. A few columns in a spreadsheet later you email us the result (always easily updated) and we publish to  Annotate PRO for your users.

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Implementing Annotate PRO…

Working with you, or on your behalf, we can create a custom Comment Library (or multiple libraries) for Annotate PRO and publish it to 10, 100, 1,000, or 10,000 users. Within a week of deployment…

  • Hundreds (thousands!) of your teachers and students will have taken the ten seconds necessary to install Annotate into their Chrome browser and/or Microsoft Word 2016 programs.
  • Everyone will be using consistent language, easily customized for each audience, to respond to all sorts of work – essays, blogs, projects.
  • You will have subtly influenced feedback, helping deepen the learning dialog and helping students learn-by-doing.
  • Peer review will become a completely new experience, with student writers learning the language of response by using articulate language to describe each others’ work.

Working with you, or on your behalf, we can create a custom Comment Library (or multiple libraries) for Annotate PRO and publish it to 10, 100, 1,000, or 10,000 users. Within a week of deployment…

  • Hundreds (thousands!) of your teachers and students will have taken the ten seconds necessary to install Annotate into their Chrome browser and/or Microsoft Word 2016 programs.
  • Everyone will be using consistent language, easily customized for each audience, to respond to all sorts of work – essays, blogs, projects.
  • You will have subtly influenced feedback, helping deepen the learning dialog and helping students learn-by-doing.
  • Peer review will become a completely new experience, with student writers learning the language of response by using articulate language to describe each others’ work.

I absolutely love using Annotate PRO when I grade. In fact, if I don’t have access to it, my desire for grading significantly diminishes. More significantly, by utilizing Annotate, two significant things occur. First, my students get much more and much better feedback. They are amazed at the value of the comments that are crafted into the comments in the papers. I include explanations for the problem, websites that illustrate and describe solutions for the problem, and even links to videos to help them work through the issues. They’ve never had professors do that for them. Despite the great feedback I’ve giving them, once I have my comments setup, the time it takes to grade is much less, sometimes cut by over 50%!

Dr. David A. Croteau

Professor of New Testament & Greek, Columbia International University

 

 

Usage Scenarios:

Writing Across the Curriculum:

To support a writing across the curriculum effort, you work with 11trees to define a library, or libraries, to help discipline teachers provide useful feedback on writing.

This guidance includes not line editing student work for grammar issues, in recognition of where precious time should be spent.

Tutors:

You have invested in your students to create a peer tutoring program. Wouldn’t it be great if you could give them a tool to help speed their transition to confident reviewers of written work?

Professional Development:

As part of an ongoing professional development initiative to help new and veteran teachers best focus their precious time, your institution develops one or more custom libraries dedicated to guiding teacher feedback.

We intend Annotate PRO to provide a huge return on investment for schools. A ten-second installation provides students and teachers with fast, articulate feedback opportunities to dramatically improve grading, peer review, and self-assessment.

We do provide volume discounts for schools of over 4,000 students, and we will happily count enrollments in specific grades (so pricing isn’t based on your total enrollment, only the grades to which you will make Annotate available).