Instructor Q&A

Schoology Assignments--How can students annotate with iPad such that teachers can view the annotations?


New to Schoology and 1 to 1 with iPad school district. 

What we are looking to do:

  • Teacher creates an assignment and distributes a PDF.
  • Student annotates PDF and submits.
  • Teacher can view student's annotations and can grade/comment/annotated on the submission.

What we have tried/Problems we have run into:

  • We used Schoology Assignment with an attached PDF AND...When the student uses iPad Markup to annotate and then submit, Schoology's Assignment PDF viewer cannot "see" the annotations--the Markup PDF is not "flattened" so Schoology can't see it.
  • We used Schoology Assignment with an attached PDF AND...When the student uses Notability to markup the PDF, Schoology Assignment PDF viewer CAN "see" the annotations--however this involves many extra steps for children and an expensive extra app.
  • We used the new Google Assignment feature and assigned a Google Jamboard, BUT...discovered the new Google Assignment feature doesn't work with linked sections and most of our teachers have linked sections and the new Google Assignment feature is still glitchy.
  • We used the new Google Assignment feature and assigned a PDF from Google Drive, but this involved many extra steps to annotate and the teacher can't write on the submission...only highlight and comment.
  • We used an Assessment with the Highlight question, but can't see the responses to the question for some reason.

The best solution to my mind would be for Schoology Assignment PDF viewer to upgrade to be able to see unflattened PDFs fully and/or for Schoology Assignment to allow students to use the annotation tools like the teachers do.

Anyone know of a workaround we aren't thinking of? 



4 comentarios

  • 0
    Brian Carlson

    I think you have tried a couple of new things since we last tried to accomplish the same task.  We too are a 1 to 1 iPad district and would love to either have the app support student annotations and teacher reply annotations or to allow for markup on items to be seen.  We originally worked with the app a couple of years ago and have not seen an improvement in that area yet.

  • 1
    Mrs. Allen

    We are also a 1:1 ipad district searching for a solution. We have tried several apps including pdf cabinet, iOS Notes, Adobe Acrobat ad the markup tools found on the iPad all with no success. PDF cabinet is not a stable app but it the only workflow that allows for compression of the file with the annotations into a file that Schoology can process and display the annotations. We have students taking screenshots to submit but the file conversion tool within Schoology doesn't display these picture files so teachers must download them to view them. We truly need an option with the Schoology program/app ASAP.

  • 0
    Emily Colpi

    I've been playing with PDF Expert too. The free version works well and allows you to flatten your PDFs and send them to Schoology app, BUT, it is too easy for students to accidentally sign up for the free pro trial and then get charged $50 a year if they have iTunes set up. Not good. If your students don't have iTunes access, it might work for you.

  • 0
    Michael Donovan


    Using the Schoology App for iPad, is there a way to annotate and save a PDF documents which have been submitted by students and allow the teachers and student to annotate on the fly in the App?  That would ideal.

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