The Beginners Guide to Edjinotes

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As a technology coach, I am always looking for multi-faceted edtech tools that increase student engagement and motivation in the classroom.  Edji.it is a tool that fits this category.  Edji is a versatile educational tool that combines reading and collaborative annotations to create a unique classroom discussion focused on a text.

I started showing Edji to teachers after speaking with Dan Gallagher on an episode of GotTechED the Podcast called Using Edjinotes for Student Collaboration and Feedback w/ Dan Gallagher .  I began by setting up my free Edji account which is completely free for any teacher to try, and students do not need an account to start reading and annotating. In my case, the students were a classroom full of English and History teachers.

I wanted to show the teachers how easy it was to use Edji.  I decided to create a lesson using Edji on Don McLean’s song American Pie.  I shared out my lesson code https://edji.it/#/edjitraining.  I asked the teachers to read and annotate Don McLean’s lyrics using a highlighter tool.  With each highlight, the students were able to provide comments using different commenting tools provided within the Edji Platform.   The teachers could use Emojis, voice comments, or text comments.  In addition to the annotation directions, I included a few stand-alone questions for the teachers to answer.

Once the annotation period was finished, I showed the teachers the heatmap feature.  As annotations are made, you are able to see what is being highlighted and what is being said, not just by one student, but for your whole class, all at once. When a sentence or phrase gets commented on more than once, that area will generate ‘heat.’ The area will begin to change from the regular yellow of one highlight to orange for a few highlights, to a bright red when many students have commented on the area.

Ready to get started with Edji?

Click on the image below for an interactive guide to help get started with Edji.

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About the author, Eric

Eric Guise is a media specialist and technology coach with more than a decade of experience as a teacher.

Eric was named the 2016 Biology Teacher of Year by the New Jersey Biology Teachers Association and is currently pursuing an EdD in Leadership in Digital Transformation in Educational Technology.

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