Digitally Mark Texts and Take Notes Using Mobile Devices, Laptops, and PCs

By on August 1, 2013

As the power and accessibility of technology advances, so does our desire, need, and expectation to incorporate it in our classrooms. One of the needs many tech companies have addressed is empowering users to digitally take notes and mark texts.

There are numerous tools for teachers to use, so here are a few resources that LiteracyTA team members have used in their classrooms and have found to be very useful and user friendly.

Marking a Text using a Mobile Device/Tablet


iAnnotate PDF allows users to read, mark up, and share PDF, DOC, PPT and image files. Users can choose from a pen, highlighter, various callouts, and various image and voice uploads to interact with your text.

GoodReader for iPAD, iPhone, and iTouch

GoodReader gives users the ability to read books, movies, maps, pictures at any time. GoodReader has been proven to handle large PDF, TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with ease. It too provides users with a variety of stylistic choices when marking.

Marking a Text using a PC, Laptop, with Google Extensions.

Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate

Awesome Screenshot does exactly what its names states, helps users capture and annotate any digital image. Users can capture a PDF or any other digital image and makes notes, and use various callouts to make meaning of a text or image.

Note Taking using a Mobile Device/Tablet, PC, Laptop.


Evernote allows users to record and save all of your notes online. It gives you the ability to clip web pages images, PDF’s and more. You can organize your notes into notebooks and tags.


Springpad allows you to save essentially anything at anytime. It is very easy to use, engaging and user friendly. It can be used to manage photos, links to websites, photos, but can be modified for educational purposes.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Use Technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
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