WordMapper: Multilingual Text Alignment and Annotation

WordMapper is a multilingual text annotation tool developed in 2016 by the Academic Technology for FAS team. The tool was originally designed to support the creation of annotations within side-by-side Greek/Arabic text, but can be adapted to other types of web content. Details on the application and its development are below. For more information, or to pilot this new browser-based alignment and annotation tool, contact Academic Technology for FAS at

Academic Technology teams up with History Department, Bok Center, and Harvard Library to offer first Digital Teaching Seminar

Academic Technology teams up with History Department, Bok Center, and Harvard Library to offer first Digital Teaching Seminar

September 3, 2016

On August 29 and 30, HUIT Academic Technology offered its inaugural Digital Teaching Seminar, a two-day interactive event dedicated to providing a hands-on introduction to technologies and technological approaches that are becoming more commonly used in both teaching and research.

2016 Feb 09

Workshop for Annotation Tools

Registration Closed 11:00am to 12:00pm


Science Center 300H


This will be a hands on workshop for those interested in Annotation Tools in Canvas, including The HarvardX Annotation Tool, CritiqueIt and VoiceThread.   Please bring a laptop if you can, as we work with people interested in setting these up on their courses. 

Fall 2015 Pilots

August 21, 2015

Are you interested in helping ATG test out new tools for teaching and learning? This fall we are conducting pilots of three new tools, and would welcome more testers. Find out more about the tools and how to pilot:

VoiceThread for Canvas

VoiceThread allows multiple people to view multimedia content and exchange ideas via text or recording. 

We will be piloting a version of VoiceThread for Canvas for the Fall term of 2015.  

Please email if you are interested in learning more or having VoiceThread enabled as part of your course website.

AnnotationX - Annotation tool for Canvas

ATG is collaborating with HarvardX developers to bring you the  Annotation Tool that has been used in the EdX platform for MOOCs.   This will allow on-campus instructors to set up text assignments within Canvas so that students can annotate and start an online dialog with classmates and instructors about interpretation of a text.

This will replace the Collaborative Annotation Tool (CATool) that was available in iSites.  


Zotero is a free plugin most commonly downloaded as a Firefox extension that helps you collect, store, and organize references for books, journal articles, websites, and other materials.

iPad Apps

ATG has worked with a variety of courses that have used iPads with students. The applications with which we have worked are listed below. Please contact us if you have any ideas or would like us to research and test apps.

Explain Everything

Explain Everything is a presentation tool app available on mobile devices. Users can design, screencast, and use an interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export. This can be used in live demos or to create and save videos for later viewing.