Audio Review # 48 | Annotary puts database researchers on notice

Overview

Annotary is a highlighting, bookmarking, sharing, research tool that captures web-based content for examination and dissemination. If you conduct web-based research, this tool is for you.

Concerns

My concern centers on the need to teach students effective research skills. I have no concerns for the site other than that it may not be used often enough.

Sample Uses

Annotary is a superb resource for anyone’s individual research. The tools allow the online researcher to save versions of articles for later examination so one never fear again the removal of a site while in the middle of research. In the classroom, teachers can view students’ research efforts, see student highlights and sticky notes, and make highlights and notes themselves, directly on the student piece. Further, students can work collaboratively on the same piece.

Do I plan to use it?

I use Annotary, and I am directing my students to use it as well. IT is what Diigo was, but easier to use and more visually appealing.

Commitment and Learning Curve

Medium. This product is an annotation, sharing, and researching tool. The first time one uses such a system there is a learning curve. Like the old tech joke goes, it is always easy the second time around. That being said, the layout is user friendly, particularly if you are familiar with Pinterest, with which the site shares some look/feel.

Best for ES MS or HS?

Introducing Annotary at the MS level is best. While HS students and above will make full use of Annotary’s additional features, letting MS kids highlight, bookmark, share, and create bibliographical information of documents they are researching will assist the students in their academic endeavors. Further, starting in MS will allow students to build up a library of research that will stay with them as long as they want.

Cost

Free!

Website Link: https://annotary.com/

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