Teacher Review for Hypothes.is

Teach your students to annotate the web with Hypothes.is

Lauren Z.
Classroom teacher
Northern Highlands Regional High School
Allendale, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used Hypothes.is to teach students how to annotate websites. They installed the Chrome extension. When it worked, it worked beautifully. I shared a link, and students went to the site and created their own, in-line annotations and highlights. When we used a tag, they could see each other's and make comments. However, some glitch prevented a few students from activating the extension, even after restarting. This quickly led to frustration for the unlucky few who couldn't get on. (Even the next day, some students whose extension worked the previous day stopped working.)
My Take
What Works - When the extension functioned properly, students could highlight and take notes on websites, see each other's comments (with a hashtag), and reply to each other. What Needs Improvement - There are several glitches. The extension was not reliably functional. Also, when multiple users annotate a site, the other people's annotations are distracting. There's an "eye" button to turn them on/off, but sometimes they turned on automatically. Most importantly, there should be an easier way to export/share/view someone else's annotations without needed a Hypothes.is account.