Social annotation tools help students read together

Now, a new study offers evidence supporting what […] has long observed: online social annotation helps students understand and construct knowledge around scholarly content, while at the same time building community.

There is room for the use of social annotation tools in legal education especially as more teaching resources move online. Tools like Hypothesis would provide law students with ways to highlight and annotate online materials and share those as annotations with study groups, peers, and teachers.

Hypothesis is available in CALI Lawbooks, the online publishing platform that for CALI members

Is this the end for the Genius annotation platform?

nius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds. In January, the company quietly laid off a quarter of its staff, with the bulk of the cuts coming from the engineering department. In a post on the Genius blog at the time, co-founder Tom Lehman told employees that Genius planned to shift its emphasis away from the annotation platform that once attracted top-tier investors in favor of becoming a more video-focused media company.

The Verge: Brain drain.

The article makes no mention of the future if the Law Genius that launched with much fanfare some years ago but seemed to fall into disuse more recently.

Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner | TechCrunch

Online annotation platform Genius, which originally began as a way to mark up rap lyrics before expanding to support any page on the web, is now making its service – including its collection of annotations and musical metadata – available to third-party developers for use in their own applications. The first partner to take advantage of the new API is Betaworks, which integratedGenius with Instapaper’s new Notes feature, launched yesterday.

In Instapaper, the Notes feature allows users to select a snippet of text from an online article and then make comments next to that text. By default, those annotations are private, but users can choose to share them through Twitter’s textshot feature, or through other third-party applications, like Facebook, Evernote, Tumblr, and more.

Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner | TechCrunch