Edji is a versatile educational tool that combines reading and collaborative annotations to create a unique classroom discussion focused on a text.
Edji is completely free for any teacher to try, and students do not need an account to start reading and annotating.
Edji does have a premium subscription service that enhances a teachers reading powers called Hero, if you want to learn more about Hero click the button below!
Check out this video from our teacher co-founder to learn a little more about Edji!
Easy Reading Sharing
With Edji, it is super easy to get a Reading in front of your students. To get a Reading into Edji, all you need to do is copy and paste it into the Edji New Reading editor. Once you get your Reading in, you create a Group, where all your students can access it. Every group has a unique, 4-character Lightning Code associated with it. Anybody can enter this code from the home page. Lightning Codes are not case specific, and short enough for students of any age to enter in! Students can either log in with their own account or quickly create a temporary guest account, where they just have to enter their name to get to the Reading.
With Edji, you can get your whole class reading in seconds!
Edji is built around annotating readings because reading is better when you can make it your own. Reacting and connecting to text is what helps us learn from what we are reading, but handing out digital PDF’s doesn’t allow for any interaction between students and what their assignment. Edji brings back the interaction with active annotations through both Emoji and Text. Adding annotations is easy as highlighting with your cursor (or finger for mobile and tablet users!) allowing readers to choose the comment type that they feel would be best for expressing themselves. Emoji comments are great for emotional reactions and connections and can be used very effectively to get a student thinking about how they relate to a Reading. Text comments are great for questions, short comments or thoughts, and outside connections.
As annotations are made, you are able to see what is being highlighted and what is being said, not just by one student, but for your whole class, all at once. When a sentence or phrase gets commented on more than once, that area will generate ‘heat.’ The area will begin to change from the regular yellow of one highlight to orange for a few highlights, to a bright red when many students have commented on the area. This can bring your attention to the areas that students find the most important about what they are reading. If those areas are what you wanted your students to focus on, great! you can use their comments to generate discussion by asking specific ‘Why?’ questions about their comments. If they aren’t commenting on what you thought they would, you can learn why they focused on where they did, and use this information when planning your lesson about the Reading.
You can also use the heat map to help your students scaffold each other’s reading experience. Using the Heat Vision button on your screen will show the students all comments and the heat map. Students can use this view to see how their annotations compare to their peers. Did they focus on the same things? Were their comments similar? Why or why not? These questions are easy to get students to ask themselves and can be beneficial for getting them to critically think about others responses and see the Reading from another perspective.
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