Zip Board

Freemium! Zip Board allows users to capture and annotate the web and zip files. To begin, users will need to register with the website. Next, they will be provided with a tutorial before creating their first project. To begin a project, users must click the “Create New Project” button on the left side of the screen. Next, they will be asked to title and describe their project before inviting other users to it via their email addresses. At this point, users can select to add in a URL of the website they wish to annotate or upload the zip file.…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.9
B. Design - 7
C. Engagement - 7.7

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A Sophisticated Annotation Tool for the Web!

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Zip Board allows users to capture and annotate the web and zip files. To begin, users will need to register with the website. Next, they will be provided with a tutorial before creating their first project. To begin a project, users must click the “Create New Project” button on the left side of the screen. Next, they will be asked to title and describe their project before inviting other users to it via their email addresses.

At this point, users can select to add in a URL of the website they wish to annotate or upload the zip file. Zip Board then loads the content and users must click the “Start Review” button. Next, users must scroll to the part of the content they wish to annotate and click the “Green Camera” button on the top right of the screen, which takes a screenshot of the content that users can annotate.

To annotate, Zip Board provides users with an array of tools to mark, comment, and add shapes to the screenshot. In addition, the other users who were invited to this project can also add their annotations to it, and users can also copy the URL of their project board and send it to other Zip Boards users, so they may access the project as well.

Please Note: Users will need to install plugins in order to use the annotation tools. Also, only a limited number of projects can be created for free. Users will need to purchase a subscription in order to access all the features.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can have students load an online text into a Zip Board project. Next, teachers can have students annotate the text for vocabulary words, main ideas, parts of speech, arguments, and other text features using this website. When finished, teachers can have students share their annotation by posting the link to them to a class website. Next, their classmates can then view the annotations and comment about similarities and differences found in them.
  2. When studying a piece of painting, architecture, design, or other artistic object, students can annotate it using this website to point out key characteristics of the object. Next, students can share their annotations by posting the URL to a class website and having their classmates view their ideas. In response, the classmates can comment on the work regarding the additional features in the object or ideas about it that they might also want to include.
  3. Teachers can have students upload advertisements into Zip Board and then annotate them for different persuasive techniques. After annotating the advertisements, students can share them by posting to a class website and letting their classmates comment if they agree or disagree with the original annotations.
  4. As part of a writing workshop, students can upload their writing into an Office tool that allows for collaboration (e.g., Zoho, Google Docs, Nettfice 24) and then share it with a classmate. That classmate will then annotate the paper for its strengths, shortcomings, and ideas for improvement. When finished, the student who wrote the paper can use the annotations as springboards for revisions.
  5. When it comes to marking websites, students can compare ZipBoard to Genius, Bounce, and Hypothe.is to see which one they like best. Students can then use the web tool of their preference to complete projects they may have been assigned.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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