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Enable the Student Annotation assignment type in the Student App

Enable the Student Annotation assignment type in the Student App

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I LOVE the new option for student annotation on assignments.  Thank you.  Our district has a large number of iPads for our elementary students, however, and that feature is not active in the student app where most of our elementary students work.  Please consider adding the annotation functionality to the student app sooner rather than later.  Our teachers will love this new feature.

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Stefanie
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Status changed to: Moderating
 
klundstrum
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Hi!

The ability to annotate PDFs existed in the app before it was available for the web! Students should be able to annotate assignments on their iPads, no problem.

How do I submit a PDF assignment with annotations ... - Canvas Community  and  How do I add annotations to a submission in the St... - Canvas Community  will help you get started. 🙂

If you have any follow-up questions, please reply! The Community will do its best to connect you with the resources you need.

Stefanie
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Thanks, @klundstrum , for providing the method teachers can use right now on mobile!

@wagnerpj63  Since students can annotate PDFs through Canvas Student, we made a slight edit to your idea to specify that it is focused on enabling the new annotation submission type in Canvas Student.

Stefanie
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Status changed to: Open for Conversation
 
kirsten_ryall
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I think I understand the challenge but let me know if I have got it right. Currently, if a teacher wants to create an assignment that has students annotating a file as a submission, they may have to set up two separate ways to submit this assignment. Am I even close? 

For those students on desktop for example (not the student app), a teacher would set the assignment to submit as Student Annotation. But for those students who use a device that is  an ipad or anything on the mobile app, then the teacher would need use File Upload submission type. So that is potentially two different sets of submission instructions for one assignment. 

I am querying this as we have been asked to look at an external tool, and I am wondering if this is the reason why the requestors have asked to proceed with the external tool. They'd prefer a one-tool-fits-all solution. Of course, I am meeting with them to get more information shortly but thought this may be related. 

hwalter1
Community Participant

So, when talking with one of your Infrastructure specialists they alerted me "Student Annotation" submission type as a potential way to do quizzes and exams in science subjects. 

However.. its unsupported on an iOS or other mobile platform.. So, essentially it's useless. 

 

Please fix this. Means we are back to really clumsy options for testing in biological sciences and that we can't actually do what we need to do without paper. So silly in this mobile age. 

 

CarlaD07
Community Participant

Agree! This would be a great addition. Our teachers saw the new Student Annotation submission type and went to town. Then they realized that if they click this type the students were unable to open the assignment on the iPad. It would be great if it this could be added to the iPad. I know students can annotate on PDF files teachers upload into assignments on the iPad, but how you turn in these assignments on the iPad does not follow the same workflow as other assignments which is confusing for students. Also, if teachers have students who are on iPads and others who are on laptops, they need to create two separate assignments (Student Annotations for computer users and PDF file assignment type for iPads) to make this work because if a student in the App clicks on an assignment with a Student Annotation submission type, the assignment will not load in the Student app.

NicholeDirks
Community Member

 @klundstrum    I am trying to do this with a tablet. It is not working. I have an assignment (uploaded a worksheet that I want my students to complete) and when it opens, the annotation tools do not work. The page moves around and will not stay fixed so that my students can write on it. 

Can a mobile friendly annotation tool be added just until Canvas can update their semi-friendly student annotation tool? Reactive Kami in the meantime?? As of right now, my students cannot complete any assignments on Canvas, which is frustrating. 

klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi @NicholeDirks - Are your students using the Canvas Student app for their annotations?

NicholeDirks
Community Member

@klundstrum I have tried both the app and the website. Neither one works on the iPads.

klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

One more question for you, @NicholeDirks - What assignment submission type are you using? File Uploads are best for annotating on a tablet. Annotations is currently not supported by the app.

NicholeDirks
Community Member

@klundstrum  - I am using PDFs of worksheets and quizzes.  Unfortunately, file uploads is not an option. I teach 6 year olds. Having them download a file, write on the PDF, and then upload the file for submission would take all day for just 1 file. Literally.

Why can't Kami be enabled until Student Annotations are more primary student friendly? I loved using it, it was easy for my students to use (no downloading/uploading), and parents could access the quizzes to see how their child did. I would like to use Student Annotation, but it's just not user friendly for primary age students. Canvas should offer another option for us to use. 

klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi again! It looks like some of the things that you are running into may be related to a documented issue

[OPEN] Annotation tools unresponsive in Mobile browser 

 

In the meantime, the File Uploads option, especially with the Canvas Student app is very user-friendly. There is not a requirement to download the file before being able to write on it! Additionally, when it's time to submit, Canvas Student will remember where it goes - no reading required. 

How do I submit a PDF assignment with annotations in the Student app on my iOS device? 

alexismdelarm
Community Member

I LOVE the new Student Annotation feature but I find that it limits how it can be used because of the following:

1) It does not adapt well on the app.

2) There is not way to save without submitting so work can be lost or multiple submission show up in speed grader. 

I would definitely utilize it more if these features were included!

 

meaganlopez
Community Member

Agreed! A "Save but don't submit" would be invaluable for those lessons that kids need to finish after class time is over.

d1660114
Community Member

The new Student Annotation feature is a great idea, but I find that it limits how students/teachers can use it because of the following:

1) It does not adapt well to the app.

2) There is no way to save without submitting; thus, work can be lost, or multiple submissions show up in speed grader. 

I would definitely utilize it more if Canvas included these features!

kcounce1
Community Participant

This new student annotation feature does not work on iPads - especially without the Apple Pencil. A fix needs to be made so that students and teachers can easily use this awesome new tool!

Stefanie
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Status changed to: In Development
 
Stefanie
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Status changed to: Completed
Comments from Instructure

The Student Annotation submission type is supported in the Canvas app. This change provides consistency between the web and mobile app versions of Canvas and allows students to complete student annotation submissions using a mobile device.

For more information, please read through the  Canvas Student Release Notes (Android 6.15).

chadscott
Community Contributor

@Stefanie this is great news for Android, but what about iOS app support? I understand if teachers include a link to the PDF, it is doable, but we shouldn't need two separate workflows for different devices.