Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Collaborating with Crocodoc

A nice classroom practise is to get students looking at example essays and analysing the associated rubrics and success criteria. This is a important tool to help students understand what they should be aiming for when writing pieces of course work.

Crocodoc Personal allows you to upload different examples of student work (PDF, Word Documents) and then use the built in tools for commenting, highlighting and annotating with drawings. The really nifty feature is that the application collates the comments under student names so you can filter and look at students engagement and thinking. Watch the video below for a quick explanation.

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You can also use the clever highlighting tools by setting up some codes for each colour. Blue could be for highlighting clear definitions, yellow for analysis and green for evidence of evaluation.

Quick Instructions:
  1. Visit http://personal.crocodoc.com/ and sign in to create a teacher account
  2. Upload a PDF, Word document
  3. Click on the URL link and share this with students
  4. When students click on the link, ask them to open the righthand side bar
  5. Students need to change their name from anonymous. 
  6. See example Crocodoc here
Further ideas:
  1. Select the comment drop down to choose area commenting
  2. Try setting up some colour coding and use the highlighter - only works on typed documents.
  3. Create a shared Crocodoc folder and upload several examples.
  4. Filter comments on the sidebar by student or by page. 
  5. Ask students to reply to others comments, to create nested comments.