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Student PDF Annotations on Web Browser Version

Student PDF Annotations on Web Browser Version

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Recently, a new feature was added to the Canvas App, which allows students to "mark-up" PDFs directly in Canvas and submit them. This is amazing! However, it s only a feature on the App, and not in the normal web browser version for students with Laptops or Desktops. This is a great feature that Canvas has, and I just wish the students at our school (who all have district-provided laptops) could do it too!

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through the  Canvas Release Notes (2021-05-15).

85 Comments
sbevier
Community Participant

Please move this back up the list for development....This is a sorely needed feature that far too many teachers are having to find/create "creative" workarounds for this functionality. Canvas - make this easier for teachers during this difficult year!

vm1
New Member

Yes please  - this is must for math and music teachers. It would also be great if you could add math fonts with it - similar to Kami. It is great that is on cell phones but younger kids don't have that I cell phone too small to write out a quadratic equation.  It is desperately needed on the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS chromebooks that have been purchased by districts all across the country. We shouldn't have to go outside of canvas to try to find something, and the current method to do so in canvas requires so many steps - try getting students ages 7-13 to be follow that many directions vitrually...LOL

AlisonM
New Member

Yes, please. This is a huge hole in the Canvas experience. Sometimes I just want kids to fill in a worksheet!

kelleyki
New Member

I, like many of my colleagues, have been thrown into eLearning. One tool we REALLY need to make Canvas work for our primary students is the ability to annotate and turn in a PDF assignment WITHIN Canvas. Not opening up a google slide. Not installing Kami. We need it to be possible within Canvas. Every extra click and new window is a chance for our students to get lost. Our K-1 students can’t read detailed instructions, let alone navigate multiple websites and platforms. PLEASE consider making this happen. I know it’s a feature in the app, but we use chromebooks.

benyoha
New Member

My first graders need a way to annotate activity pages INSIDE Canvas without going outside of Canvas. Please make this happen in Chromebooks. Our district of over 40,000 students must use Chromebooks for our distance learning.

MCosper1
New Member

Please allow this functionality to be added within the Canvas browser. No one wants to go outside of Canvas to add extensions with the younger grades. 

michelle_carlis
New Member

We need this!

Scrugna
New Member

We desperately need this feature

kbowman5
New Member

Being able to annotate a pdf right in Canvas would be awesome! My kiddos (4-5th grade students) have really struggled working around it and I'm having a hard time helping them as they are studying remotely. 

Michellek
Community Member

This is the TOP REQUEST from our teacher team! The ability to annotate pdf files in an Assignment and as a File within Canvas keeps the focus on the learning with less technology to manage. 

bludlow76
New Member

It would be a great feature for students to be able to use annotation tools similar to what already exists in SpeedGrader.

Huntalaska5
New Member

Many schools are now using canvas as there main lti now due to the o line learning. Schools are giving out chromebooks not mobile devices. Primary kids cannot link their work. Please make canvas easier for primary kids. They need to be able to annotate right on their work and push a button turn in. They cannot send a link. 

Huntalaska5
New Member

Primary Students need to have seesaw talk to canvas directly. Students can not send links. Since many schools are online and use chromebooks Canvas needs to make annotating easier for primary kiddos. 

Katie_Wasco
New Member

Yes! Let's get this developed!  So much is done by PDF right now.

bryan_tayman
Community Participant

Yes, please add this feature ASAP!!!     

 

Many of the educational materials publishers have shared with teachers are in PDF format.  Now with COVID forcing distance learning, students are struggling to annotate and submit these PDF resources without using cumbersome 3rd party apps.  

 

We want students to focus on the learning, not the technology.  Making this a built in feature of Canvas would make the technology "just work" !!     

 

For the kids!  

Mallory_Smith
New Member

I would be most grateful if Canvas would create a native PDF notation feature, especially accessible from our elementary school students' Chromebooks. We want students to be able to highlight in passages, prove their work, respond to answers directly on text, and all those valuable resources we teach them to do on paper copies. This would be a great asset for both students and teachers. I urge you to please strongly consider adding this feature to your Canvas backpack of tools. 

THANK YOU! 

rbechler
New Member

This would make it easier for all students, but especially alot of our students with disabilities. Please implement this idea!

jacki_allen
Community Participant

To be equitable this should be available for browser, not just the app 

cdevlin_maitlan
New Member

please - this would be a good feature

vclark9
New Member

Our school adopted Canvas K-5 after success with using it for secondary classes. The drawback is that even though there are apps that could bridge this gap, they are not easy to use and understand for our youngest students and some are not available on the devices our school uses. The ability to annotate PDFs would make the transition to working on a virtual platform easier for our students because it would involve fewer steps to get to work on their content. As Canvas fills the need for a virtual hub, I think it needs to listen to those in the elementary grade levels to see what features would be useful for them to successfully use Canvas.