I do not have time to follow discussions as closely as I would like, so if this question is addressed elsewhere, I apologize.
I am glad to see the transparent background that is now available in SpeedGrader. I would like to have more control over the size and shape of a text box; maybe that feature will come next. I realize I basically want Canvas to recreate Croc-o-Doc (not sure how to spell that).
As much as I appreciate that Canvas has addressed many concerns, I simply cannot use the SpeedGrader until students are able to print my feedback. I do not understand giving students the capability to download a printable pdf that does not show my comments unless the student happens to scroll over the comment. The comment disappears as soon as the mouse moves to another area. If a student were to print the pdf, he or she would basically print the original paper. Again, what is the point of having a print feedback feature that does not show the feedback?
I am the lead teacher for remedial English at my college, and I require students to print my feedback and revise/proofread their rough drafts from that printed copy. Yes, they are more tech-savvy than I will ever be, but I still want to implement a few old-school strategies that I fully believe will help them. Working from printed copies (a strategy our textbook recommends, by the way) helps them, at least in part, make better revisions and catch potential errors.