Bounce – A Web-Tool For Annotating the Web!

Free! Bounce is a web-based tool for annotating and making notes on websites and images. To begin, users must launch the Bounce website and either enter in the URL for a website or upload an image. Next, Bounce will load the website or image. Users can then create boxes over the elements of the website or image they wish to notate and add comments to them. When finished, users can tap the “Save” button on the top right of the screen, and they can share it over social media or with the provided link. Instructional Ideas for Using Bounce - A…

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A. Instruction - 7.7
B. Design - 9.3
C. Engagement - 7

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Bounce is a web-based tool for annotating and making notes on websites and images. To begin, users must launch the Bounce website and either enter in the URL for a website or upload an image. Next, Bounce will load the website or image. Users can then create boxes over the elements of the website or image they wish to notate and add comments to them. When finished, users can tap the “Save” button on the top right of the screen, and they can share it over social media or with the provided link.

Instructional Ideas for Using Bounce – A Web-Tool For Annotating the Web!

  1. Teachers can have students visit a website related to a topic of study. Students will then have to load that website’s URL into Bounce. Next, teachers can require students to annotate key vocabulary words, new information, or points of interest on the website. For each annotation, students will have to write 1-3 sentences that explain the significance of the word, information, or point and how it relates to the topic of study.
  2. To practice students critiquing skills, teachers can have students load an image or the URL for an online document into Bounce. Next, students can use the annotation tool to point out the aspects of the image or text that enhances its content and areas where they think it can be improved. For each annotation, students can write 1-3 sentences to justify their opinion. Finally, students can share their work by posting its URL to a classroom website.
  3. Teachers can have students load a digital text’s (e.g., news article, short story, op-ed piece, historical document, etc.) URL into Bounce and require them to use the annotation tool to write a one-sentence summary of each paragraph and note important information shared in the paragraph. Next, teachers can lead a classroom conversation where the class analyzes the text and students use their annotations to contribute to the conversation. To facilitate the conversation, teachers can ask questions such as: (1) What was the purpose of that paragraph?, (2 What key information was gained in that paragraph?, and (3) Based on your annotation, what additional information would you like to learn from this text? When finished, students can email their teacher a link to their annotations or post that link to a classroom website.
  4. Teachers can have students load an advertisement’s URL into Bounce. Next, students can annotate the advertisement for its marketing persuasion/fallacy method. For each annotation, students will have to write a short justification that identifies the method used and how the advertisement uses it to persuade viewers to purchase their product.
  5. Teachers can have students load a current event article’s URL into Bounce and then annotate for the who, what, where, when, and why information. In addition, students can annotate any controversial statements a write a sentence stating whether they do or do not agree with the opinion in the statement and why. When they are finished, students can share their annotated text in small groups or by posting it to a class website. Their classmates can then either discuss or view the annotated text and share ideas about it.
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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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