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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
stephaniecampbe
Community Member

This is an absolute must, with schools across the country utilizing your platform and it only being available on the app is crazy. All grades need to be able to use a pdf annotation tool. Go to the Teachers of Canvas page on Facebook and look at the comments. See what we as teachers need for our students to thrive!

RobinMichelsen1
Community Member

Please, please add this feature. I can't walk littles through all the workarounds. 

canarykristin
Community Member

This needs to be added. Too many schools working with Chromebooks and whatever other devices that are not compatible with the app. PLEASE ADD.

ap522333
Community Member

Please prioritize this!

elizabethagrant
Community Participant

Yes - it would be nice to have a true web browser annotation tool built into canvas.  Currently, we are using adobe acrobat DC, Snap and Read, Kami and a new one i found tonight, xodo pdf annotator and it can be found at  xodo.com 

https://www.xodo.com/#:~:text=With%20Xodo%20you're%20free,context%20and%20go%20from%20there

 

Video 

https://youtu.be/3tJBY6rqzOI 

 

searssarah
Community Member

I need this NOW for my kids who are using district issued Chromebooks. Canvas, please get on this quickly! 

alex_rowe
Community Member

PLEASE add the option for students to annotate PDFs.  This and sharing content are the only major issues I have with Canvas.  

This would be as easy as using the same interface that is already created for teachers in SpeedGrader, but for students to annotate assignments.  PLEASE!!!! This would take you all to yet another level and is an option in so many other LMSs.

Love you all.

__teacher
Community Member

Yes! Please work on this - it will be SO helpful with remote learning. 

alallen
Community Member

Being able to annotate a pdf directly in Canvas is VITAL for primary grades, math and science. So many districts are now requiring Canvas for K-12 and have provided their students with laptops and Chromebooks. Having that option only on the app is NOT good enough. I am the Canvas support person at my school and it is a constant battle. You have already created the capability for the speed grader, now you need make it an option for assignment submissions. It is incredibly frustrating that this is not yet integrated. Navigating to other apps or uploading files are not options for the primary grades. FIX THIS PLEASE!

healy
Community Member

There is one compelling reason why it needed to be implemented in the browser version initially and that is the fact that honorlock is only implementable from the chrome browser. Not implementing within  the chrome browser prevents this direct annotation tool from being available for honorlock-proctored examination, forcing the student out onto Acrobat, or worse pen and paper followed by phone-mediated scan. While the devedloper response might well be that they are dancing as fast as they can, nevertheless it would be nice to know the rationale. Thats a hint for the moderator to provide some feedback. Thanks

bhaus
Community Participant

There is a PDF editor function in the Canvas app for students. There should be a similar function for Desktop users. 

LauraW67
Community Member

Please, please, add this feature. Our district uses Windows computers and about half of the students are online only, and most of our teachers are simultaneously teaching online and face-2-face. Teachers who are face 2 face have had to become simultaneous teachers at a moment's notice as our district is practicing surgical quarantine. Teachers are doing their best, but it is is highly stressful for everyone--teachers, children and parents. The number 1 request I have heard (I am tech help at an elementary site) is "how can I add my pdf's so that students can easily write on/annotate?" I was crestfallen when I saw this is currently for the app only. 

kendra_murphy1
Community Member

Yes. Please.

tdrescher
Community Member

Yes! Students need annotation capability.

tdrescher
Community Member

Yes please. We need this feature for all students in the web version

campbellj
Community Participant

DESPERATE for this addition!!! Please please please!

rdrckrose
Community Member

It is ridiculous that this isn't already an option. Simply responding to a fillable pdf is a basic necessity when working with files and electronic assignment submissions. 

Mziller
Community Member

Yes please allow this! Many of my students use a laptop and this would save them so much time because they either print it and upload a picture or they write it out on paper and upload. 

e027941
Community Member

Please!!!

Hobane
Community Member

We're using Canvas in our elementary school. My second graders can't handle more than two steps to submit an assignment, especially my classified students. They need to be able to type their answers or drag and drop their choices, and submit their work. 

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