Do you have a paperless classroom? Do you want one, but you’re not sure where to start and what tools to use? Evernote and Google tools are popular choices with teachers, but they have a huge thing going for them that is key with educators – they are free (or Freemium, for Evernote). Without huge cash flow, checking out paid offerings isn’t always an option.
iAnnotate is a great tool that can bring you into paperless classroom territory. It is an extremely sophisticated tool that gives teachers a lot of options. In short: you can annotate pdf documents. In long, teachers can mark up digital textbooks, student work, lecture slides, grade tests, and highlight notes. You can leave audio commentary for your students (on their work, on assignment instructions, and more). Collaborating is easy, and storing your work is easily integrated with common tools like Google Drive and Dropbox. The search function is exceptional, and the interface is both easy to use and easy on the eyes. For most teachers, the biggest downside of this tool would be the price – $9.99. After having used iAnnotate, I’d say that it is well worth its price, but you don’t need to worry about that, since we’ve teamed up with iAnnotate to give away 250 free downloads of the app on iTunes!
All you have to do is be one of the first 250 teachers to email makepaperjealous @ branchfire.com and tell them Edudemic sent you. They’ll send you your own personal code to download a copy of this awesome app!
Once you’ve taken the app for a spin, share your experience on Twitter with the hashtag #makepaperjealous. We can’t wait to hear what you think of it!