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Technology Feature Brief: Annotation

Screenshot showing highlighted text from a longer piece of writing in situ as well as pulled out in a sidebar where the reader has taken some notes related to their annotations.

Center on Inclusive Software for Learning (CISL) at CAST



Annotation can include multiple strategies but generally refers to highlighting interesting or important parts of a text and writing notes about the text as a person reads. Annotations typically include a person’s thoughts, reflections, and questions.

The Center on Inclusive Software for Learning (CISL) at CAST conducted literature reviews and testing within Clusive, our adaptive and accessible web-based reader designed during the project, to develop Technology Feature Briefs. These briefs are designed for educators, developers, and researchers to find out more about particular features within technology tools, how they’re used, and whether they might be effective in addressing different barriers within a technology environment.

Download the report on annotation

Cite As

Center on Inclusive Software for Learning at CAST. (2023). Technology Feature Brief: Annotation. CAST.

This content was developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H327A170002. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Celia Rosenquist.

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