Highlighting is one of my top go-to interpretive reading activities. Today I will review an app for Apple devices and Chrome. Let’s see how highlighting can go digital!
I blogged about this “Highlight Away” activity before… It was Idea #71 in 2012! If you haven’t read it, take a minute to see where this idea started.
Why I love highlighting…
Here are a few examples of highlighting activities we’ve done in lessons:
This was in a music unit where we were looking at tweets with opinions about nominated songs.
Same unit, same categories. This time it was used with a longer article to later debate about the importance of music education in schools.
This was in the the family unit using tweets to focus on relationships, descriptions and ages before they talked about their own.
We are putting units and lessons (including these examples) on www.AdiosTextbook.com for high school Spanish classes. Check it out if you are looking for communicative lessons.
This was in the Street Art unit. They were reading opinions about graffiti before they gave their opinion. It was awesome seeing how this activity gave them so many solid reasons that support their opinions.
A little research to understand the background information about Frida before analyzing her artwork.
Here is a template for you to adapt and use if you are doing the activity with highlighters and printed articles. Copy and paste the image to your preferred program (Word, PowerPoint, Pages, Keynote, etc). Add text boxes over the image to create your categories.
Now for the app! I have been trying out “LINER” on the iPad and Chrome. Basically, you can digitally highlight something from the internet. “Highly” is a similar app that you can also try out. #savethetrees
How to use it:
Features I like:
What I didn’t like:
Here’s an example of me using the app.
This is the highlighting guide for the categories based on Liner’s colors that I would project on the board:
I chose an article from www.peopleenespanol.com and inserted the specific URL. I selected the text that I want to highlight, and then I can choose the color that matches the category.
Here’s a sample of my finished article of what I highlighted on Liner:
Now I can share my highlighted article by clicking the bottom right icon (square with arrow). Done!
We’d love for you to share how you would modify or use this highlighting activity!
Do you know of another digital highlighting tool?
Please share in the comments below!