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TEACHER-Understanding the document viewer in Schoology

This article explains the components of the Schoology document viewer to teachers

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Written by Sue Soltis
Updated over a week ago

The document viewer in Schoology enables you to grade and annotate student assignment submissions. To access the document viewer, click a document or click a submission to access additional grading options and annotation controls.

Document Viewer Components

Three sections comprise the menu bar along the top of the document viewer: Sections A and B are available to all users, while section C is only available to you when grading and annotating student assignments.

Section A: Moving and resizing the document

1) Display or hide thumbnails of the pages in the document.

2) Scroll through the doc or type in the page number to jump to it.

3) Increase or decrease the viewing size.

4) Fit the document to the width or height of the viewer.

5) View a full-screen version of the document.

6) Move the document by dragging with the mouse.

7) Select and copy text.

Section B: Printing, downloading, and searching the document

8) Print or download the document.

9) Use keyword search to find a specific part of the document.

10) Show or hide revision notes to the right of the document.

Section C: Grading and annotations

Using the grading controls, teachers can also:

11) Grade the assignment. If you're using a rubric to grade the assignment, it will display when you click into this area. The date and time of the most recently auto-saved grade displays below. You can also add grade comments after entering the grade, which show in the gradebook when you select Show to student.

12) Highlight selected text.

13) Strikeout selected text.

14) Add notes to the document. These notes display in the Revisions Panel to the right of the document.

15) Draw on the document.

All annotations and grade updates are automatically saved and posted to the student.

Click on any existing annotation to open a style menu. You can change the color of the markup or delete it from the document. Click Done to close the menu.

Right-click anywhere in the document viewer to access many of the controls, as well.

Annotations notes and submission activity

You can view the date and time of submission from the following areas.

Area 1: The top of the document underneath the student’s name.

Area 2: In the Submission Activity panel on the right.

You and your students may add comments in two places in the document viewer.

Location 1: You may add a note to comment on the document itself using the Note icon. These notes display directly to the right of the document in the revisions panel. Click the Revision Notes icon to display or hide these notes and other revision marks.

~ Click the Note icon from the annotation toolbar.

~ Click on the document where you would like to have a note appear for the student. Enter your comments and click Save.

Location 2: You or your students may add notes, comments, or questions concerning the assignment itself in the Submission Activity area to the right of the revisions panel. You can also attach files or audio recordings to these comments.

Click Post after entering comments. These comments do not appear in the gradebook.

Please Note: Comments added to the Submissions Activity area and notes added to the document using the Notes icon do not appear as grading comments in the gradebook.

~ Comments added to the Submission Activity area send a notification to the student and you.

~ Notes added to the document using the Notes icon do not send a notification.

Information in this article was provided by Schoology © 2021

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