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[This post is focused upon educators using a Lenovo C13 Chromebook]
Your C13 Chromebook has a rechargeable USI (Universal Stylus Initiative) pen stowed on the front edge of the device, below the keyboard on the right hand side.
There are a number of ways to use the stylus to annotate a document - whether it be signing a document, adding annotation to an extract or adding feedback to a piece of student work. The ways range in complexity and flexibility. It is worth trying them all and seeing which best fits the task you are trying to complete.
We will focus upon the use of a PDF document.
Using the Gallery app
- Make sure the PDF document is downloaded onto your Chromebook, so that you can see it in the Files app, under Downloads.
- Double click on the PDF file. This will open the file in the Gallery app.
- On the top menu bar - there is a squiggly line - the Annotate tool. Click on the squiggly line.
- You then have the choice of a pen or highlighter, the thickness of the line and colour.
- Once you have finished annotating the document you can click Save - or use the little drop down option next to Save, to Save As - which would save an annotated copy of the original.
- Make sure the PDF file is in your Google Drive.
- Go to kamiapp.com.
- All educators at Campus des Nations have access to a Kami account.
- Click on 'Sign in' → Continue with Google → use your @learning.ecolint.ch account.
- Choose → Open file from... → Google Drive → find the file and click on it.
- The file will open in Kami and then you have a range of choices on the left hand side.
- Have a look at the 'Markup' and 'Drawing' tool sets.
- Once you have finished there is a 'Save' icon on the top menu bar.
- This starts with you creating a task which includes a dropbox for students to upload a final product. Require the students to submit a PDF document.
- For each student you have the choice to Annotate and Grade the document.
- The document will open in ManageBac. There is a Drawing tool on the top menu bar.
- The tool seems to have an amount of 'smoothing' which doesn't work well with my hand writing - but others may have more success.
- The annotations auto-save.
Three things to check out
Changing your password(s)
How long have you had the same password? How many of your digital accounts have the same password?
The regular changing key passwords should be part of your 'digital hygiene' routine. As educators we should be modelling such practices to the students we support.
Locking your laptop
It is bad practice to leave your laptop (or any digital device) unlocked in spaces where there are are many others - such as a staffroom or classroom.
If you are moving away from your laptop for any period of time - it is really easy to lock it. Just press the Windows key and L together and your laptop is locked until you enter your password again.
If you are using a Chromebook - either use the lock key (it has a padlock on it) or press the Magnifying Glass key + L on your keyboard.
Kami - web based PDF annotation and manipulation
Kami is a great web based app for the annotation and manipulation of PDF documents and the like. It works really well with the stylus on the Yoga style devices that a lot of you use.
Kami has huge potential as a digital whiteboard. Try using your laptop in tablet/Yoga mode, protecting to the classroom screen via the Windows Wireless Adapter (HDMI 2) and see how well writing your laptop's stylus is in Kami. Open a PDF document in Kami and then try annotating/highlighting etc using Kami and your stylus. Feedback welcomed about Kami as we consider a possible future subscription.