Voices from the Middle | Social annotation: Multiple perspectives for deeper reading

Voices from the Middle | Social annotation: Multiple perspectives for deeper reading
Sprouse, M.L. “Social annotation: Multiple perspectives for deeper reading.” Voices from the Middle. (Forthcoming, December 2018).

Social annotation is an approach to close reading that capitalizes on the opportunities for collaboration afforded by digital texts. I outline six annotation types (vocabulary, summary, connection, question, technique, and agreement) that can be applied to both a primary text and the annotations of others. I also evaluate two digital tools for social annotation and offer considerations for effectively implementing social annotation in the classroom as a tool for instruction and formative assessment. Social annotation builds on students’ experiences with digital texts in social media and extends those strategies and motivations to academic work.