In case you haven’t noticed yet, this blog is devoted to instructional technology. From time to time, I will be showcasing various tools I’ve which I think might be useful to instructors who use the web as a teaching platform in a fully online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course.
Today’s tool is a nifty way to highlight text on webpages and share the pages (complete with highlighting) with students. This is a Chrome extension, so if you’re using Firefox or (heaven forbid) Internet Explorer, this won’t work for you. I always recommend having (at least) all three browsers installed on your machine so that you can take full advantage of all the web has to offer, but that’s another story for another time.
Install the Add-On
To get Yellow Highlighter Pen (which could use a spiffier name), go to the Yellow Highlighter Pen for Web in the Chrome Web Store.
Once the page loads, click the Add to Chrome link .
Then you’ll see the “Confirm Installation” window. Click on the “Install” button to install the add-on.
Once the addon has been installed (which will only take a couple of seconds), the “Yellow Highlighter Pen” icon will appear to the right of the address. To use the pen to highlight webpage text, just click on the icon and a little “marker.to” pop-up will appear.
At this point, you’ll notice that your mouse pointer has turned yellow! Now, just select the text you want to highlight and VOILA! Your text has highlights! To change the color of the highlight, select a color from the palette that appears.
What makes this tool particularly interesting is not the ability to highlight text. Lots of web tools can do that. Tools like Diigo (which I also like) also allow you to share highlighted pages with others. BUT, unlike Diigo, this add-on doesn’t require end users to have a login. You can share the page (complete with highlights) with anyone. Just copy and paste the text from the marker.to pop-up, and you’re ready to go. You may also wish to share the page via Facebook or Twitter.
To see the page I used in this example, click on the image to the right or follow this link.
Hope you find this helpful, and as always, any comments, questions, concerns or (gentle) criticisms are welcome.