Feedback made easy with Drawboard PDF

For many of us, moving to a paperless feedback and marking system can be a huge step. Drawboard PDF gives teachers and students an easy, simple way to give feedback and write on existing PDF documents.

How you might use this app:

  • Editing or giving feedback for student essays or written work
  • Annotating images / diagrams
  • Filling in handouts using a pen
  • Peer Assessment


Editing and Feedback

We’ve all used Comment and Mark-up in Office Word for editing student work. Do you ever worry that students will just ‘accept all changes’ and not actually read your feedback? With Drawboard PDF, you annotate over the top of a PDF, so students will then need to return to their word doc to make suggested changes. This is a great reflection activity for students.


Annotating Images

Students can take a photo of a specific geographical, scientific, or movement based activity, then annotate over the top to show understanding. They might take a photo of a science experiment and annotate the apparatus before saving and adding to report. They might take a photo of a friend playing sport and annotate the movement they need to adjust. They might even take a photo of an artwork that they would like to turn into a multimodal piece of work by adding some digital inking and graphics.


Filling out Handouts

We all have handouts we would like students to fill out, but digitally this is a difficult task. Students can open these handouts with Drawboard PDF, fill in the blanks, short answers, diagrams, save and submit. No more need to print or to create booklets.

Peer Assessment

Students can send each other work to be peer assessed. Using Drawboard PDF, this can be easily completed and returned for further editing before submitting for a final grade.


Drawboard PDF really is the easiest way to give feedback, annotate and peer assess. Install and give it a go today. You can find it in the Windows 8 Store


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