Application of Free Form Annotations to Reading and Writing

“Active digitalizer” technology (using a stylus) provides useful instrumentation for annotation of electronic documents for reading and editing purposes. Starting in the early 2000s, Faculty and students at The College of Staten Island experimented with these tools and found them very useful for tracking reading behaviors in online courses and also for providing instructor feedback on student essays and other documents. After a brief eclipse by capacitative digitalizers (ipads, et. al.) active digitalization is enjoying a comeback and could be again pursued using newly enhanced hardware and software associated with Windows and Android platforms.