Thank you for bringing up this topic. Yes, there are several free tools that you could use in the Chrome Web Store as Audrey noted. (Not everyone is an iPad school) I'd also suggest looking at Diigo Social Bookmarking tool, it allows you to create groups for sharing resources/links, an extension to highlight, annotate, take screenshots, etc...

Elizabeth McCarthy, MAT
Digital Learning Specialist
Google Education Trainer

On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM, Audrey Homan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Drew,

What about Chrome browser extensions? Susan Hennessey reviewed Clearly, Save to Drive and iSpeak’s close reading features here:

(The title does say Chromebook, but the Chrome browser on the Mac will work the same in this instance)


On Aug 25, 2014, at 8:18 AM, Drew Blanchard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Greetings!
> Our high school language arts teachers spend a lot of time teaching students "close reading."  Basically: how to effectively read and annotate texts, highlight important passages, summarize, etc..  More info on the subject can be found at
> There are several good iPad apps which facilitate this and/or which allow users to mark up .pdfs and other texts.  But are there good resources for those using computers for their work?  Whether it's a Website or program, we're looking for something which allows students to practice their close reading skills or, even better, something which allows students working from a (Mac) laptop to easily markup digital texts.
> I found Skim for Mac ( when I Yahoogled this topic, but have no classroom experience with it.
> Thanks!
> DB
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