Annotation Tools

Owl Eyes
Now Comment
Genius Web Annotator


Browser-Based Tools
Allows you to capture any portion
of your screen. Has the additional
feature of being able to record this
as the video, not just a still Figure.
(These tools require Java)

Downloadable Programs

iPad-Based Tools

What we often see in good reading instruction

Instructional practices (and some tools) that we can imagine for use with Connected Reading

Tech Tools
Time for independent, self-selected reading
  • Teach students how to effectively browse for books
  • Curate a specific set of RSS feeds to deliver new reading material each day
  • Create Personal Learning Network
  • Create digital versions of book reviews
* Effective browsing: Goodreads, Shelfari, library website

Teacher modeling his/her own reading processes before, during, and after reading
  • Record a “think aloud“ of your own digital reading experiences with receiving, searching, surfing, and stumbling
  • Record mini-lessons on specific reading strategies using screencasting tools
  • Demonstrate how you find and share reading materials using your PLN

Focus on comprehension with opportunities to write before and after reading
  • Share prompts for pre- and post- reading via class website, text message, or social network
  • Invite students to design their own polls and open-ended surveys about what they are reading
  • Assign alternative writing assignments
  • Add questions, quizzes, and annotations into reading assignments for increased comprehension

Social, collaborative activities with discussion and interest-based grouping
  • Backchannel during class discussions
  • Use brainstorming tools
  • Invite shared annotations
  • Collaborate on writing and reading
  • Discuss and share thoughts on readings and other topics

Use of reading in content fields with instruction in disciplinary literacy
  • Find, read, and share an Article of the Week
  • Identify supplemental videos or materials to view before or after reading, shared on a class website

Evaluation of higher-order thinking and a focus on students’ attitudes towards reading
  • Invite students – individually or in small groups – to record their thinking about a text as a screencast or VoiceThread
  • Ask students to reflect on their reading and digital identities

Innovative ideas- projects, processes, curricula, and more- that are transforming how we teach and learn
Organize and focus digital reading better

  • Connect apps together to best fit user needs
  • Focus on digital reading material by blocking out distractions and cleaning up webpages
  • Bookmark frequently used sites for easy access