Saturday, May 14, 2011

iPad: Collecting, Annotating and Redistributing Student Work

Here is an excellent iPad in the classroom workflow description from wanderingacademic. These guys have put together an article that walks you through the process of Collecting, Annotating and Redistributing Student Work using an iPad, GoodReader, Dropbox (and optionally Jotform). I love the fact they have included the screenshots so I know I am doing the right thing that first time I go through this.
GoodReader ($4.99, iTunes) does a lot. It allows you access to all manner of cloud-based document servers, email attachments, locally saved files, and even S/FTP. It lets you view office docs, pdfs, images and multimedia files. It lets you zip files together, email from the app, or open the files in other apps for the purposes of editing. You can search within files, and most importantly for the present discussion, you can annotate files with drawings, highlights and sticky notes.

Use case: Collect work from students, mark or comment on it, send it back to them.

This is a fairly standard use case for teachers. Students have produced some work in the form of a document and you want to give them feedback. Here is the iPad workflow with some advanced tips.................


  1. I can share easily my lecture notes to my students using the Ghostwriter Notes app I bought

    This note-taking app is easy to be synced to Dropbox where my students can browse to. It is very helpful!

  2. It’s awesome to see how versatile the iPad can be in a classroom setting! We've actually been working on a project that addresses many of the points you bring up too.

    For teachers who are looking for a super easy to use service to facilitate assignment or project file workflow between themselves and students, we’ve created a service called Showbie. With Showbie, teachers set up a class and assignments. They invite students to the class by giving the students a class code that links the student with all the assignments in the class once the student joins Showbie. This gives students each and assignment drop folder where they can upload work from their laptop via our website.

    You'll also be excited to know we've taken extra steps to ensure Showbie works perfectly with other popular apps like Keynote, Notability, and Explain Everything!

    If this sounds like a tool you need, feel free to check us out at


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