Mobile Annotations and Other Enhancements to Grading: Schoology's iOS App v3.3

Contributed By

Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

Mobile Annotations and Other Enhancements to Grading: Schoology's iOS App v3.3

Posted in Schoology | October 07, 2014

Multi-tools are amazing inventions, aren't they? They have just about everything you could need—pliers, a knife, screw drivers, and up to 30 others tools—all packed into a single handheld gadget. So no matter what you're doing, you only need the one tool.

You don't have to be crafty to appreciate what I'm getting at here. You use Schoology, right? I like to think of it as the digital equivalent to the multi-tool, except no matter how many different tools we add, it never has to be larger than your mobile device.

And thank your lucky stars for that because we just added some colossal new features to our iOS app—Mobile Annotations anyone? Go ahead and start updating or downloading the Schoology iOS app v3.3 now, because after you read this post, you won't want to wait to dive in!

Mobile Annotations

Many of you have been asking about mobile annotations in Schoology groups and on Twitter after we announced them at Schoology NEXT. Well, I am pleased to say that the wait is officially over! You can now annotate student work right in the Schoology iOS app!

Just like on the web platform, you can:

  • Highlight—Choose between four colors and drag over the text you want to highlight.
  • Strike-ThroughDrag over the text you want to strike through.
  • Leave Sticky NotesTouch where you want to leave a sticky note, type all you want, and touch outside the note. You can move and edit sticky notes anytime before saving your annotations.  
  • Write and DrawChoose one of four colors and go wild.

This feature also includes Undo, Redo, and Show Annotations commands on the right. And if you want to remove an annotation, touch it and then touch the trash can that appears. Just make sure you do that before saving.

Don't forget to save your annotations using the Check Mark in the top right! 

Our iOS App has what we call "two-way" support for annotations. That means that you can make annotations on your tablet or on the web platform and you and your students can view them on any computer or iOS device—e.g., iPhone, iPad, iMac, etc. *Android support is coming soon!

Pro Tip: Annotations may be positioned a little differently when transferring from the computer to a mobile device and vice-versa. So the best practice for annotations is if you make them on mobile, view them on mobile.

More Grade Panel Improvements

If you could make anything in your day easier, what would it be? According to Edudemic, educators can spend almost half their day grading and communicating with students. This is one reason why we felt the need to streamline grading on your mobile device.

Optimized for efficiency, our new mobile grading panel speeds up the process of grading multiple submissions, comparing revisions, and leaving comments faster than ever before! Let's run through the improvements:

Quick View Submissions Panel

View all students and whether they have submitted their assignment or not at a glance. You can also Search, Sort, and Filter submission, so you don't have to rummage through the whole list.


Rapid Submission Switch
When viewing a submission, swipe right or left to go to the next one. You can also use the Student Switcher as I did below.


Pro Tip: If you use the Student Switcher to filter submissions while viewing them (like above), the filter will stay active allowing you to switch between the specific ones you want more effectively.

Rapid Revision Switch

While looking at a student's work, you can switch to an older or newer version (if there are multiple) by quickly switching between them.

Instant Grading

Grade a submission using a rubric or scale in the same panel from which you view, annotate, and comment on it.

Media Album Enhancements

Each new version of our iOS app features more enhancements to media albums. Why? Because they are fantastic learning tools, especially on mobile devices. In this version of the app, you have all the media album capabilities available to you on the web.

Use the gear icon in the top right of the panel to:

  1. Edit the name or description of a media album
  2. Add photos and videos to or remove them from an existing media album
  3. Modify captions on existing media album content 

Other Enhancements

As with every release, not all of the features and fixes are showcased on center stage. They are more like the supporting actors who play an equally important role. Below are a few of them:

New Updates

  • You can edit and delete more types of content, including files, links, and packages—e.g., SCORM packages.
  • Image thumbnails are now optimized for retina displays.
  • Photos or videos taken with the Schoology app are automatically saved to your Camera Roll.

Bug Fixes

  • Not being able to view videos made via the recording features on the Schoology website—fixed!
  • A crash that occurred when logging in via your school's login pagefixed!

* * *

Well that's all we could possibly pack into one release. This should give you quite a bit to use until the next one. Download our free iOS app v3.3 today!

Download Schoology v3.3

As always, we are very excited to know what you think about these new features and how we can improve them in the future, so please give us your input here on the blog or across the Twitterverse (@Schoology). Also, feel free to rate our app in the App Store, especially if you like it!

If you have any questions, our Support Team is ready to help. You can reach them via our Support Center.


Join the Conversation