An annotation tool allows you to turn print resources into digital resources. It provides a way for students to mark their answers on worksheets or activities without the need for printers and pencils. This type of resource is invaluable when remote teaching or when your district limits the number of paper copies you can use in your classroom.
Watch the video or check out the Q/A's below!
Can you use DAT on all TpT Resources?
Short answer: No
There are a few different factors that determine whether the DAT is available for a resource:
- Only PDF resources can be used with the DAT.
- A seller can opt a resource out so that it can’t be used with the DAT. (This is usually because it doesn’t make sense to use the product with the DAT.
- A resource tagged as a “Google Apps” resource can not be used with the DAT.
How will I know if the DAT is an option for a resource?
The product page for each resource will allow you to see whether the DAT is available for the resource. If it is available, it will appear one of two ways: as a big red button, or as a grey text box. These markings are how you’ll know if the DAT is available for the resource. The only exception is if the product is a Bundle.
How do you use DAT on bundles?
When you’re trying to determine if the DAT is available on a bundle, you can’t look on the bundle’s product page. You have to look at the products themselves.
If I purchased a resource a long time ago, will I be able to use the DAT?
As long as the resource currently includes the option of the DAT, you’ll have access to it. It doesn’t matter how long ago you purchased the resource.
Where else can I find my Digital Activities?
Once you’re logged in to TpT, you can use this address to access your digital activities.
When I use a resource with the DAT, is the resource different than it would be without the DAT?
Some sellers will modify the original resource to be better used with the DAT. This may include removing pages, adding textboxes, re-ordering pages, or highlighting important directions. Other sellers will share the resource as is. Whether the seller modifies it or not, you can still make your own modifications. This is great for providing differentiation to meet your students’ unique needs.
How can you edit a resource using the DAT?
Whether the seller modifies the resource or not, you can still make your own modifications. Just use the PREPARE tab to add your enhancements. When you’re finished, just click the PREVIEW tab to see how it will look to a student.
How to Add or Remove Pages from the Activity
How to Create Different Versions of the Activity
How to Add Text Support for Students
How to "Erase" parts of the Digital Activity You Don't Want
How can you assign resources using the DAT?
Once you’re ready to share the resource with your students, you click the ASSIGN tab. There you can assign it straight through Google Classroom.
Can I use the DAT if I don't use Google Classroom?
Unfortunately, you can only use the DAT alongside Google Classroom. Hopefully TpT will expand this soon.
How can you check your students' work after using the DAT?
You can check your students work inside of the DAT, inside of Google Classroom, or inside of Google Drive. You would check their work in the same way as you would any other Google Classroom assignment.
Does the DAT make the assignment self-checking or self-grading?
No. You will still have to manually check student work.
Is the TpT Digital Activity the same things as a Google Slides Digital Activity?
There are lots of different digital activities on TpT! There are Google Slides activities, Google Forms, Boom Cards, PowerPoints, Kahoots, and the list goes on. The DAT is just one type of digital activity.
To access the DAT, follow the directions above. (or watch the video!)
To access any of the other type of digital activities, either click the green button on the product page that says “Add to Google Drive” or download the product and look for the link that will give you your own copy.
How do my students use the digital activity?
Here’s what it looks like from a student’s point of view. You can download the video and share it with your students if you’d like.