Software — Anotemos


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Anotemos (, is a robust media annotation software designed to be used by educators and their students. Anotemos allows multiple users to view pieces of media together and comment on them, on or off the screen. A scalable range of tools is available for this use, including pins, clips, marquee, voice annotations, and the possibility to add graphics or marks to the screen. These functionalities allow users to parse media with high attention to detail, hence treating any video, slideshow, or image as if it were a text. Anotemos does not stream videos, rather it uses videos streamed by a variety of providers (YouTube, Vimeo, Kaltura, Google Drive).

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Anotemos supports the sharing of annotations with one or multiple users. These new collaborators can view and annotate with the tools laid out by the annotation owner. Shared users may also view some, or all, comments made by their peers depending on the sharing options specified by the owner. Anotemos offers many options when it comes to tailoring an annotation to a specific piece of media.


Each Anotemos file has access to a suite of annotating tools including screen sketches, audio comments, text comments, and emotes. The use and meaning of each and all of these tools is fully customizable—allowing the owner to setup different kinds of activities for clients in which varying arrays of tools are made available.


Annotations on the same piece of media can be grouped together allowing for streamlined edits and tweaks from the owner. These annotations can all be shared to different users, all of whom will be unaware of such grouping. This allows owners to make sweeping modifications to multiple annotations at once by editing one master annotation. Grouping sections can vastly diminish the workload when creating multiple identical sections for different users.


Advanced users of Anotemos can invite new users to an annotation by adding their emails. If you receive an invitation to join an annotation, a basic Anotemos account will be created when you join that annotation. To create your own annotations you will need an advanced user account. Please complete this form if you would like to try creating your own annotations.

Classroom Pilots

Anotemos is now available on UM’s Canvas. The Anotemos development team is looking for University of Michigan Instructors to broadly pilot this software tool in their classrooms.
– Teaching in Winter, Spring or Fall 2023
– Using videos in your teaching material
– Wanting to create new collaborative experiences

If so, please contact us via email at for a demo of the tool and to discuss how we can help integrate Anotemos to enhance your teaching. Software and implementation support is available from the software development team and from ITS.