Allow students to annotate using touchscreens (Chromebook)

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I love the new student annotation feature, however the students are only able to annotate using the keyboard and mouse/touchpad. We would love for students to be able to use their finger to draw on the screen for annotations. For use cases like making quick sketches or graphs. Right now, using your finger will just make the page scroll up and down instead of allowing for use of the annotation tools.

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Stef_retired
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cmbustos
New Member

Yes, please.  This would be a huge help.

ckasten
New Member

This is a great idea! I would love to see this happen. 

MollyBrubaker
Community Member

Yes! Our Kindergarten - 2nd grade teachers desperately need this feature! 

apratt
Community Participant

We really need this in our district.  We were very disappointed when the new annotation rolled out and did not support touchscreens.  Touchscreen annotation is particularly important for our K-2 teachers and students.   This feature is one reason that other tools, such as Seesaw, remain more popular than Canvas with our early elementary teachers.

ptart
Community Participant

I wish I could share a picture of the palettes and palettes of Chromebooks that have been handed out in our K-12 district. With over 164,000 students, and moving to 1-1 with Chromebooks, the Annotations for Assignments is steadily letting the air out of our Canvas balloon. Teachers are looking to multiple 3rd party tools that aren't approved in our district and coming up empty, as am I as the Canvas Admin. It's always hard to prioritize, but for this, I'd strike while the iron is hot!

forge-anvil

AlainaForesman
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I absolutely agree that this would be a great feature for them to add to the system. Annotating from the trackpad is not something that is easy for students to do at any age. Please please please make this an option. Districts would not need a 3rd party app to then do this! 

ericmueller
Community Participant

I guess I'm jumping into this later than the rest but we are having the same issue in our district.

alallen
Community Member

My students have Windows touch-screen laptops. I was so excited about the possibilities that arose when the pdf annotation assignment submission option was released this year. I really wanted students to be able to draw models for math and science or annotate maps in social studies.

However, I became much less excited when I found that the annotation tool doesn't support passive stylus or finger drawing input. The drawing must be done with a mouse or with their laptop trackpads. This is really difficult for elementary students.

I'm wondering if there is a way -- maybe with a button or something -- that the drawing input could be enabled or activated using the touchscreen rather than just a connected input device. Without that capability, the pdf annotation feature is not terribly helpful. Other apps like Kami and Nearpod have this capability.

Stef_retired
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bludlow
Community Member

Wondering if there is any progress on this request.  I am somewhat in shock that this was not one of the original features of student annotations.

JohnnyCrenshaw
New Member

This would be so helpful!

jdabb
New Member

Very helpful for elementary (or any) school.

mahein
New Member

This is something my 6th graders who used Kami  external tool last year complain about daily. It would be a game changer to be able to use touch screen to complete student annotation files.

LuisFernandez80
New Member

Yes, this would be helpful for all users in all levels. I see that this thread has be here for a while, but still no update for true touchscreen capability? 😥 This would be awesome if students could actually annotate on the screen. Most other applications (local, online) you are able to use the touchscreens on devices to draw / write / sketch / make up, etc.  Please add this function.

MrsGuardabascio
New Member

This would also be amazing in the Speedgrader option for teachers!  Please consider a tool that allows me to "write" (annotate using a stylus) comments on student documents rather than using the mouse to underline, circle, etc.