Using Hypothes.is, traditional annotation activities (typically done in isolation) are transformed into collaborative knowledge-building activities. With public Hypothes.is pages, students can see annotations and comments by other individuals, including their peers and even experts in the field, and add their own annotations and comments that build on what they learned from others while reading a digital text (see examples of public Hypothes.is pages). Online class materials can be annotated in advance to lead to deeper, richer discussions during class time. A really exciting way to use Hypothes.is is to organize a “flash mob annotation” for topic of interest. This establishes a community of practice driven by interest and curiosity. During a flash mob annotation, participants meet online at a specific time, and simultaneously annotate a document or image, creating an exciting conversation.
Institutions can integrate Hypothes.is with their Learning Management Systems (LMS). For the duration of 2020, in support of institutions confronting the Covid-19 crisis, fees are being waived.
|Price||Free for individual use. Paid plans for institutional use.|
|Learning||Social constructivism, Connectivism|
|Ease of Use||★★★★☆|
|Accessibility||★★★☆☆ (VPAT Report)|
|Class Size||Not Applicable|
|ISTE*S||Knowledge Constructor, Global Collaborator|
|Yes, when a LMS (Learning Management System) app is used. No, when a non-LMS version is used (for personal use).|
Ease of Use
The user can quickly learn how to use the tool with relative ease. There are tutorials and FAQ information available if the user runs into an issue with the tool.
Hypothes.is Overview Video
Hypothes.is & the SAMR Model
Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.
Here is an example of how Hypothes.is might fit within the SAMR model:
- Substitution: Students read and annotate text online instead of on a hard copy.
- Augmentation: The instructor annotates a class digital text ahead of time on Hypothes.is to guide students’ thinking, annotations, and comments.
- Modification: Students engage in annotating and discussing articles with peers outside of class time. Students critically analyze the archive of the annotations and discussions for a text.
- Redefinition: Students engage in collaborative annotating with experts and professionals from around the world.
- Annotate news articles to identify math in everyday life.
- Annotate the charts and graphs in news articles.
- Critique the credibility of Wikipedia pages about famous mathematicians.
- Facilitate an open Hypothes.is discussion on a science article of interest.
- Use Hypothes.is to annotate media/news articles to evaluate the credibility and accuracy of scientific studies.
- Synthesize observations on a popular English poet’s work, referring to highlighted texts and collective annotations.
- Read two versions of a historical event and compare and contrast the two versions, including their accuracy and what the differences might mean in terms of the viewpoints of the writers.
- Collect articles with divergent opinions or solutions and discuss with others the rationale underpinning the divergence in ideas.
- Official how-to use Hypothes.is video
- Hypothes.is in Education
- The Pedagogy of Collaborative Annotation
- Official Hypothes.is Youtube channel with tutorial videos
- Social Reading and Remote Learning with Hypothes.is
- Hypothesis Animated Intro
- Annotation: 10 Ways to Annotate with Students
- Quick Start Guide for Teachers
- Annotating with Groups
- Teacher Resource Guide
- Grading Student Annotations in Moodle
- Grading Student Annotations in Blackboard
- Grading Student Annotations in Canvas
- Enhancing Student Engagement with Course Materials through Digital Social Reading
How to Use Hypothes.is
Go to web.hypothes.is/start (Note: Hypothesis is only available on a computer) and click “Get Started.”
Create a new account.
After your create the account, install the Chrome extension. (Note: If you are not using Google Chrome, install the “bookmarklet.”)
You are now ready to annotate. Start by visiting any website and by selecting any text, and then by clicking “Annotate.”
A Hypothes.is window slides out from the right side of your screen to input your annotation comments.
That’s it! All your annotations, highlights and notes are now saved to your Hypothes.is account. You can find them by visiting https://hypothes.is anytime.
Bonn, M., & McGlone, J. (2014). New feature: Article annotation with Hypothes.is. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 17(2). https://edtechbooks.org/-kbCK
Kennedy, M. (2016). Open annotation and close reading the Victorian text: Using Hypothes.is with students. Journal of Victorian Culture, 21(4), 550-558. https://doi.org/10.1080/13555502.2016.1233905.
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