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Option to Use Stylus with Speedgrader on Ipad

Option to Use Stylus with Speedgrader on Ipad

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

Hey All,

As of now, Canvas Speedgrader allows the use of a stylus/pen via the mouse on a standard computer monitor. However, when logged in on an Ipad, the option to use a stylus/pen to grade in Speedgrader disappears. I would like the feature added for use on Ipads so that we may use a Stylus to grade assignments on the Ipad instead of having to print assignments, grade, and scan back in.

Thank you!

 

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the Canvas Teacher Release Notes (iOS, Android 1.0).

94 Comments
SPARROWR
Community Member

My apologies--just to clarify, is the ability to use the stylus for inputting written comments / markups, or for navigating touch controls via the stylus? Or both?

W9500009
Community Member

The ability to use the stylus for inputting written comments/markups. I believe you can already access touch controls with a stylus, but currently there is no option to write on assignments that are scanned in to instructors in order to grade on the screen and provide handwritten feedback. That is what I would like to add.

There is the option to provide handwritten feedback via stylus when you are on a desktop computer, however when you are on a tablet, the drop down that allows you to select stylus for handwriting disappears.

Katelyn Littler, M.Ed

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rpetrina
Community Member

Beyond the stylus, it would be nice is the SpeedGrader App allowed for the robust Comment tool to be used, which is part of full SpeedGrader. But I suspect that the issue may be an inability to integrate Crocodoc on the app platform.

GideonWilliams
Adventurer II

​We are a 1-1 iPad school and this feature would be hugely welcomed as it would with the growing number of other iPad schools. The ability to hand comment on students work as part of an effective work flow is critical for adoption of this platform by teachers. Crocadoc is html5 compliant so there should not be an issue really although perhaps it is an app problem. Would like to see a bit more work done for those using mobile devices..

bdoriot
Learner II

I would love for our teachers to be able to write on student work using the Speedgrader app. This has been our most asked question from our elementary and middle school teachers. We used the eBackpack program this past year to do this (along with pushing and receiving student work) and it was great. It allowed for a streamlined process and allowed teachers to grade work from their iPad just like they were used to doing with paper/pencil. I thought Canvas would also have this feature and am hoping it is implemented so our teachers can have everything connect through Canvas instead of running through a separate program.

GideonWilliams
Adventurer II

It would be nice to see some evidence of what the roadmap is for the Canvas App or what work is being done on HTML5. There is an awful lot of competition for similar workflow models out there eg www.classkick.com for one and this could be a key selling point for us for staff if we choose Canvas. Don't want to start them off with a list of "not at this moment..."

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

As we saw/heard at InstructureCon, better annotations are coming. They should have already been there, but Box dropped the ball on their mobile integration and now has the mobile team working on other solutions. I think this feature is vital, and one of the best advantages to using a tablet. Currently the only annotation supported in SpeedGrader is comments, although, any annotations made on the web are viewable in the Canvas SpeedGrader app. You got my vote.

PSU_Tony
Learner II

This would be awesome. Being able to annotate on student papers with a stylus in the mobile app would put Canvas in yet another league!

cwruck
Community Member

Hey All, This feature requires a lot of work, but we've already begun! It also requires a partnership with a 3rd party that we are currently in negotiations with. As soon as that is finalized, I'll have a better idea of what our timeline is.

klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

Thats awesome to hear. The teachers in my building (we are a 1:1 iPad school) will be thrilled to know about the progress!

sadenniston
Surveyor

I feel that perhaps a simpler workaround that wouldn't require third-party integration is enabling Open In functionality for SpeedGrader, so that documents submitted by students can be opened by the teacher in another app, like Notability or other annotation app, annotated, then from the annotation app, using Open In to send the annotated document back to SpeedGrader app.

rseilham
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @sadenniston ​

Even though this seems like to best solution, I think they would like to cross-platform compatibility. This means that any annotations made on the web or mobile will be viewable and editable on either platform. If a 3rd party mobile app is used, then this wouldn't be possible. Yet again, there are some really great mobile apps that can annotate much better than the current tools on the web, so I can see why an instructor would prefer to use these.

sadenniston
Surveyor

Good point - although for all PDF annotation apps I've used on the iPad, Open In allows the document to be opened in another app as a PDF, not just the file format native to the app. Looking forward to the Canvas solution!

lpfister
Surveyor II

Is this still in the works?  The ability to annotate with a stylus directly onto an assignment from the iPad would make the Speedgrader app much more useful!

bdoriot
Learner II

Hi, Lauren. This is in beta testing right now. Was notified a week or two ago. Looking forward to feedback from teachers.

Bobby Doriot

Director of eLearning

Scott County School District 2

812-752-8927 ext. 6012

lpfister
Surveyor II

Great!  Thank you!  Can I access the beta environment?  I know how to do that from my computer but not for the app. 

bdoriot
Learner II

Not sure about that. We were asked to be in the beta group and it was turned on for us.

Bobby Doriot

Director of eLearning

Scott County School District 2

812-752-8927 ext. 6012

dar119
Surveyor

How do I get in on the beta test group for using a stylus to mark up PDF files in speedgrsader?  This feature would be a deal-maker/breaker for me!  I just asked my department to buy me an iPad so that I can grade homework (submitted as PDF files) without having to download each and every submitted file, print them off on paper, grade them, scan them, and upload them back to Canvas.  The desktop version of SpeedGrader allows for writing with a pen tool -- but I don't have a pen device to write on my desktop computer.  I am borrowing a Wacom Bamboo tablet/pen device to try to annotate PDF files on my desktop computer, but I really don't like the way it feels or works.  I was really disappointed today when I got my iPad, installed the Canvas SpeedGrader app and went to start catching up on my grading . . . only to discover that the mobile version of SpeedGrader does not (yet) allow stylus input for comments.   Arrrgghh!!!  This feature cannot arrive fast enough for me!

Dan Russell

Director of Acoustics Distance Education

Graduate Program in Acoustics at Penn State

bdoriot
Learner II

Not sure. Our implementation specialist contacted us about it and turned on the feature for use to try. It is a great feature to have and I’m excited that Canvas made this a priority.

Bobby Doriot

Director of eLearning

Scott County School District 2

812-752-8927 ext. 6012

dar119
Surveyor

I cannot wait . . . in fact I need this feature soon (i.e. within weeks) so that I can manage my grading workload this semester.  I think I'll contact our implementation people to see if we can get this beta going for us also.