Since I splurged and bought Affinity Online, a book some of us are reading together in March in the Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration (CLMOOC), I am free to mark the pages up as I see fit. Which I do, regularly. I use highlighters to mark text (and to find passages that I am sharing out) and doodles and drawings to represent my thinking.
I was happy to see but not surprised to learn that my friend, Terry, has been doing something similar with his reading (although his process is a bit more complicated as he borrowed the book from the library and needed to photocopy the page). Terry is much more attuned to the colors — his mark-up is a piece of art. Mine is mere scribbles.
You can’t easily do this kind of annotation with digital versions of the book, which is why I bought it as physical book as opposed to a Kindle version or something else in ebook format.
But, this also isolates the reader a bit to the single book/single page/single reader, and Daniel wondered on Twitter whether a digital version or excerpt of the book is online somewhere, so CLMOOC can use Hypothesis for crowd annotation, and well, I don’t know. But I’ll look around and see.
Peace (drawing it),
Adding that I did find an excerpt to annotate: https://hyp.is/93GD6D5qEem-Lntv-GqMSg/clalliance.org/publications/affinity-online-how-connection-and-shared-interest-fuel-learning/
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I wrote a post this morning about Affinity Online, too. Thanks for finding an online space for us to ‘affine’ upon. I am reminded of the idea that ideas are wild animals let loose, re-wilded. Let us annotate and tattoo those ideas and own what they are in any way we affine.
Thanks for finding the article to annotate. I’ve added my ideas (many).
Then I saw the full article shared via Twitter today at http://connectedyouth.nyupress.org/book/9781479852758/
. I started reading it, and in the first part saw a chart that demonstrated how affluent families provide about $9k a year of extra enrichment to their kids, beyond the $1k that poorer families provide.
I’ve been looking for this info for many years because I feel that focus on school funding dollars omit this extra benefit that accrues to wealthy kids.
I hope our affinity group conversation attract many people who learn and take these ideas back to their own communities.
I saw that chart, too, and it had me thinking of the divide again …
I have not read this book but I absolutely love to write notes in the margin and on the inside pages. I recently read The Leavers and my notes filled the inside cover pages as I reflected and thought about former students and while I wondered…..
Some times I wonder how future students who will likely ONLY know digital books will annotate….and then I remember that my grandmother had pristine books marred only by her name…..
SO I wonder if we will be the only generation to mark up our books as we read,,,,,,
Every generation does things a different way … marking up a book in digital format has its plus factors but it loses some things, too.
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Here is a link to the entire chapter on NowComment: https://nowcomment.com/documents/132392