Teacher Review for Notability

Take notes the way you want to!

Keith G.
Educational Technology Specialist
Montgomery, United States
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This full featured app is perfect for education. The ability to take notes is a basic need. Notability allows for the easy inclusion of pictures and PDF's, both of which can be annotated, along with the ability to record the lecture as you are taking notes. When you open the app for the first time you will be taken to the All Notes screen. To add a new note, tap the pencil button in the top right corner. Once the note opens, you'll see a few controls across the top. The middle icon indicates the mode that you are in (T for text, a pencil for drawing mode, highlighter for highlighting, etc.). To the left is the Undo button and the back button to return to All Notes. To the right of the Mode button is the microphone button to begin recording. The wrench icon holds the sharing tools, paper background selections, and the help feature. Notability will quickly become the go to app for all of your note taking needs. The ability to record notes while recording the audio is incredibly helpful for students, especially those that struggle with keeping up during presentations.
My Take
I think Notability is great because it allows students to chose the most effective note-taking strategy for them. They can enter traditional notes, add sketches, snap a picture of a chart or graphic (and even annotate on it) or record audio notes. This makes it perfect for a wide variety of students including special education, ELL, or simply struggling learners that need the info in multiple formats. The ability to share note allows students to collaborate with peers or even for the teacher to share notes that have been missed. As a productivity app, students don't "learn" directly from Notability, but it is an amazing tool that gives students the ability to master many topics.