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Annotated - Conversations with Media: Annotating Media

Do you simply consume media? Or, do you engage ? Do you question it? Do you add your own knowledge and understanding to it? Do you take time to have a conversation with media?


Tools for Annotating

Tools for annotating...


Upload media files (images and video) and publish alongside analysis. 


Annotate right on the images you upload!

iTunes Android  
Skitch is great for marking up and annotating images files such as maps, information graphics, and photos.

Leave sticky notes anywhere on the web and share with friends to spark discussion.

Watch and annotate video online, then pass it on for others to annotate too!

Create a printable summary of a video.

(online iTunes)
Upload media files and open up for annotation (text or voice). 

Need to convert a photo or video to a different format before uploading for use with another program?   

Annotating multimedia...

Multimedia annotation, whether achieved through technology tools or on paper, differs from note-taking in that it

 invites you to pose questions, note challenges, and even connect your prior knowledge to what you are viewing/listening to. 
 prepares you to reencounter the media with an eye/ear to answers to your questions.

Reviewing annotated notes triggers recall of not only the information, but also what you were thinking while viewing or listening. 


What tools might you use?

Paper Notes
Take T-Notes during viewing/listening. Summarize action and record direct quotes on the left side.  On the right side, add your annotations, including reactions, questions, and personal connections.


Video Annotation Software
Make use of video annotation software such as Vidinotes, VideoANT, or Screen-cast-o-Matic to create notes alongside original videos.  Watch carefully and make notes on action as well as dialogue. 


Photo Annotation Software
Make use of photo programs such as Fotobabble and Skitch to create notes directly on photos or other images. Point out key features worth considering or questioning.


Audio Editing Software
Use multi-track audio editing software to create a voice-over annotation track on top of original recordings. Go beyond simple description to pose challenges or answer questions posed within the audio recording.


What to note...

Create a vocabulary list that includes new terminology, interesting words, etc.
Direct quotes should be carefully transcribed.  If wording is unclear, spell phonetically inside brackets.  Place action inside of brackets.  Example:  "I don't [thin] Bradley was given a fair chance, [said Mr. Geracie]."
Summarize information leading up to crucial points in the media to recall context.  
Record your own ideas and questions about the information presented.  

Teaching annotation...

Teaching annotation...

Invite students to annotate together during media play, lecture, discussion)!

Invite students to collaboratively annotate outside viewing.

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