English teacher turned edu-tech consultant Will Richardson tips his readers off to a budding new technology that allows users to comment on individual paragraphs within a Web page or blog post. The tool, he says, would have natural educational uses:
From a writing teacher’s standpoint, I think it would be pretty awesome. You could annotate specific sections of blog posted essays or stories and then leave more general comments at the end. Other people (students) could come in and leave their own pointed feedback. It would come pretty close to the type of handwritten comments that teachers have been leaving on student work (for better or worse) for ages.
It does sound promising. Just make sure your students don’t figure out how to disallow comments. Because then you’d be in a pickle.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.