Annotate PRO and Microsoft Teams

AP is optimized to work with Microsoft Teams (online and app) and Word inside Teams (Word Online), helping teachers create rich academic feedback and speed engagement and coaching.

Use AP with Word in the Teams Desktop App

AP works with all modern versions of Word, including Word Online, the version of Word available inside the dedicated Teams app for Windows and MacOS. Instructions for installing AP for Word inside Teams can be found here.

The AP Taskpane inside Word in Teams

Inside the Teams App you can use AP to craft feedback for Word documents. It sits in a handy taskpane alongside Word, allowing for rapid access to your Libraries of content. 

In the screenshot above, notice how the instructor was able to type a freeform comment for this situation. With auto-commenting enabled the content will automatically insert wherever you highlight text or place your cursor. 

Comment History

AP+ and Institutional users can also enable Comment History. Any content typed in the Freeform box or a comment bubble will be saved to your personal Comment Feed to add to a Library. You can leave it as is or edit it and then add it to a licensed Library or your own personal Library.

Teams (Web)

AP has a Chrome extension that sits alongside Microsoft Teams, Word Online, Outlook on the Web, Google Docs, Canvas – almost any EDU app you might think of. AP shines in situations like this…

The AP sidebar provides fast access to potentially hundreds of snippets – focused on writing, student engagement & success – even mundane info around school resources and policies.

AP also works with Chat in the web version of Teams

Simply click into the place where you want to put a snippet, then search/scroll through your AP content, find the one you want and BAM! A beautiful, articulate explanation or comment appears. Notice how the professor in the screenshot above was able to use AP to insert a saved comment about scholarly references and where to find them. Of course you can also tweak the content to personalize it too.

What can you do with AP and Microsoft Teams? Oh boy!

  • Use our amazing College Edition library to choose from hundreds of comments specific to academic writing.
  • Create your own Libraries of comments – for academic feedback, school resources, student/parent communication templates.
  • Insert Comments, with a couple of clicks, into Teams chat, Word Online comments, rubrics, overall feedback – almost anywhere you can type on the web.
  • On an institutional license you can share libraries with your colleagues. For instance, a Writing Across the Curriculum library aligned with your curriculum and used by 5, 10, 50 or 500+ teachers.

Annotate PRO, an add-on for Google Chrome and Microsoft Word, allows me to streamline the [grading] process by creating an archive of comments that I can then drop right into student work or feedback sections. This enables me to easily add frequently used comments (such as the difference between summary and analysis, what constitutes common knowledge, and how to properly format a quotation) to student work regardless of the platform that I’m using…a huge timesaver that allows me to work through a stack of exams or papers (and even respond to emailed questions) surprisingly quickly and easily.

Brady Krien

Grad Hacker Columnist, Inside Higher Ed