Annotation tools, what are they?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

With most states closing schools for the remainder of the year, online learning has become the only way to educate. Having tools that ease the transition for both student and teacher are imperative during a time like this.

Annotation tools help both teachers and students edit .pdf or .jpg documents online without having to print a single sheet of paper! Annotation tools include those such as: highlight, strikethrough, draw, add text, and even voice messages!

Where Can I Find Annotation Tools?

Our absolute favorite annotation resource is Kami. It integrates with Google Classrooms and makes it easy to assign, complete, and turn in work!

Kami works as either a Google Chrome Extension, G-Suite Extension, or you can simply go to the website and sign in.

Here are some quick links for you to download Kami!

>> Kami Web App <<

>> G-suite Ready <<

>> Chrome Extension <<

How much is Kami?

There are three types of accounts with Kami; a free account, $99 per year teacher account, and custom priced district account. For the basic classroom assignment management, the free version will do the trick.

Features of the free account include:

- PDF and Document Viewer

- Highlight, Underline, Strikethrough

- Comment

- Add Shapes and Lines

- Freehand Drawing

- Auto save to Google Drive

- Scanned Document Support

Features of the premium account include:

- Video and Audio Annotation

- Equation Editor

- Insert Images

- Dictionary

- Split and Merge Documents

- Auto save to Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas

One of the reasons we love Kami is because Kami is currently providing FREE school-wide access to the schools that register! So send this to your principal to see if you can get access to all the premium features!

Cool Features About Kami

The "Turn In" Feature

The best feature from Kami is the “Turn In” feature. This specific feature works best with the premium package. With just a click of a button, your students' completed assignments get sent right to you via Google Drive with no additional uploading or downloading. Check out this video to learn how to use this feature!

Worry not! There is also a way to achieve the same result using the free version. You can find that info here!


Kami integrates with Google Classroom, Schoolology, and Canvas making it easy to use with these common platforms.

There are so many ways teachers from every subject can utilize Kami. Check out the videos below to see how to use Kami based on subject matter!

Language Arts



Social Studies

Foreign Language

Special Education


For more annotation tools, check out our website here!

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