Android Mobile Annotations. Need We Say More?
Writing is a struggle. Stringing gobs of disjointed ideas together into a relatable story is at best a triumph and at worst literary agony. It's no wonder then that having an essay annotated and reviewed can be such an influential experience.
We all know how it feels to pour our hearts and souls into a paper or project just to get back a red mess of questions, corrections, and misconceptions. "Crushing" is the word that comes to my mind, but in a good way.
It's the sort of experience that sticks with you—one that can change how you think and communicate forever. That is an awesome power you have as educators, and now you have it on your smartphones and tablets!
Introducing: the newest version of our Android mobile app.
Mobile Annotations on Android
Crack open that bottle of bubbly, Android users of the world, because you can now annotate student work on your mobile devices! Whether you're out and about, watching a baseball game, or even waiting in line at the post office, you can also be dropping some much needed knowledge on your students.
Now, when you view work submitted by your students, you can:
- Highlight—Choose between four colors and drag over the text you want to highlight.
- Strikethrough—Drag over the text you want to strike through.
- Leave Sticky Notes—Touch where you want to leave a sticky note, type all you want, and touch Save.
- Write and Draw—Choose one of four colors and go wild.
One of the more exciting implications of all this is the effect it will have on BYOD and mixed device initiatives. It doesn't matter what devices you or your students are using. If you make annotations, your students will see them.
|Make sure to save your annotations using the green checkmark. You can always remove them later if you want.|
Deleting annotations is as simple at touching the mark you want to get rid of and deleting it. A best practice, however, is to deselect the tool you are using and then proceed to remove the marks you don't want.
Improvements to Notifications
When you open the left navigation menu on the Android app, you'll notice your notifications are pinned to the top. By taking a page out of our iOS app interface, we've made it easier to see all the important happenings related to you (e.g., your work has been graded or there are new comments on your posts).
Menu notifications are great for getting right to business and jumping to where you want to go immediately. You and your students will benefit to familiarize yourselves with this feature.
Improvements to Messages Coming Soon
Here's a brief look into the future: we're also moving the Messages to the top of the menu. This will not only provide greater continuity between the iOS and Android interfaces, but it also puts your messages right next to your notifications for easy access all around.
Here's a preview:
Even the most exciting feature announcements must eventually come to an end, but the real fun is just beginning. Go get your new Android app, try it out, and let us know what you think.
Header image by Nic McPhee