Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Notability App

I learned about the Notability app today and wanted to share it with all of you. It is designed for both the iPad and iPhone and costs $2.99. It is a great tool for keeping track of student assessments and for building student portfolios. If you are looking for an easy electronic way to take anecdotal records on your students this is a great way to do it.

You can upload word docs and pdfs. Then write on them and highlight them. For example: I was able to upload my district word wall assessment word document, write a student's name at the top of the document, assess the student, and mark the assessment all using this app.

My campus instructional coach shared how she observed some students working, made notes about what she saw, took pictures while in the app, imported them into her notes and saved it all to use for student portfolios and teacher conferences.

Here is a complete description about what Notability can do straight from the Notability web page. Click here to go to Notability's web preview page.

Notability is a best-selling note-taking app available on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Notability is so powerful that it will transform how you work: sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, jot travel notes, teach a class, make a presentation and much more. With iCloud support, your notes stay up to date on all your devices!

Write, illustrate and annotate using gorgeous retina ink. Notability's zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail, while the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Choose the right pen and paper for any project.

Import forms, contracts, worksheets, documents, presentations, and even books; then use the same tools that help you take beautiful notes in Notability to mark up PDFs. Do you have files in other formats such as doc or ppt? Notability can import these too thanks to Google Drive.

Type an essay, create an outline, fill out an application, or make a list with Notability's advanced word processor. Choose a font, style, color, and size that enhances your work. Even place text exactly where you want using text boxes.

Record lectures and meetings, your own voice practicing a speech, or help a child learn to read with a recording. Also, audio recordings are an excellent review tool as they are linked to your notes; during playback, tap a word or picture and hear what was said at that moment.

Finding information quickly is an important part of note-taking. Use search to quickly locate notes by title or content. On iPad, bookmark pages of a note, filter a PDF by annotated pages, or search your note for a keyword in the page navigator.

Organize your notes by subject in the library and automatically backup all of your work to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or webDAV. Also, use these services, plus email and twitter, to share your Notability files with colleagues, classmates, students or teachers. iCloud will ensure that all of your notes are automatically up to date on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Notability gives life to your ideas, stores your notes, and improves your memory and organization. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we do.


Monds & Mayberry said...

This sounds like what I have been hoping for! Do you know if you are able to create students folders to organize their assessments/notes in?

Mrs. Larremore said...

It is my understanding that you can make folders. My strategist shared the app with us at the end of the week and showed how she took notes and pictures and filed them. There is a free version and a $2.99 version. My strategist suggested the $2.99 version because it offers more.

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