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Highlighting and Annotating PDFs with a Stylus

11th June 2024

1:49

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11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
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iPadOS 17.5

Jacob Woolcock

11th June 2024

Jacob Woolcock

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1:49

| Files
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11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
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iPadOS 17.5
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Description

In this video, I demonstrate the educational potential of using a Skriva Stylus on an iPad for annotating PDF documents. As a teacher, I often send my students PDF files to interact with, and here I show a practical example using a simple document about lions. I guide you through the process of highlighting different parts of speech—nouns, verbs, and adjectives—using various colours, and explain how this can be adapted for other educational purposes, such as identifying prime numbers or times tables.

Transcript

Using a Skriva stylus on an iPad opens up lots of different ways of interacting with documents and files that perhaps you haven’t thought of before. As a teacher, I quite often send a PDF document to my students and get them to annotate it or add more information using their stylus. Here in the Files app, I’ve got a simple PDF document that I’ve made for this demo, with a passage of text about lions. At the bottom, you’ll see I’m asking my students to highlight the nouns, verbs, and adjectives in three different colours.

With my Skriva stylus, I can simply tap on the screen, and the markup tools will appear. From here, I’m going to use the highlighter tool. Tapping on it a second time will then let me change the size of my pen. I’m just going to experiment for a second and see if this brush is the right size. I think a bit smaller might be good, so I’ll tap on the icon again, choose a smaller size, and then test it. Yes, perfect. Let’s just quickly drop the opacity a little bit so I can see the original writing behind. Yes, I think I’m ready to go.

My students and I can simply choose the colour we want to use, and then we can go through and read the text, highlighting the keywords as instructed. Of course, this is just one simple example of highlighting different types of words, but you can imagine how you could use this in your classroom. You could highlight prime numbers below 100, or all the times tables of five in a number grid. You could do lots of different things just using that highlighter tool on a PDF document.

When you or your student are finished with the annotation, all you need to do is press the Done button in the top corner, and that will save the PDF document straight back to Files. From here, I can tap and hold, press Share, and then get the students to send it back to me in whatever way they want to, whether that’s through AirDrop, Showbie, or Google Classroom. It will all work, and it will send it back to me as a PDF document with all of their annotations embedded in the file.

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About Files
The Files app is a file management tool by Apple that allows users to organise, browse and access documents and other files across their iOS and iPadOS devices. It integrates with iCloud Drive and other cloud storage services to provide a centralised location for managing all types of files.
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This QuickTip video was recorded on an 11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
running iPadOS 17.5.

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