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App review by Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2014
Fetchnotes - Shared Notes, Personal Reminders & To Do Lists

Fetchnotes - Shared Notes, Personal Reminders & To Do Lists

Simple, convenient tool for capturing, organizing info on the go

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11–12 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
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Communication & Collaboration, Character & SEL
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Pros: Simple interface and flexible reminder features make this a great way to capture and store notes.

Cons: The tone of reminder emails and sharing features seems more adult-focused than kid-friendly.

Bottom Line: Provides an easy way to capture and organize simple notes across multiple devices.

Because Fetchnotes is flagged for users age 17 and above, this might be a better app for teachers' personal use than for use with students. Use Fetchnotes to create to-do lists and organize them with hashtags. Jot down project ideas, memorable quotes, and reminders for upcoming events.

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Editor's Note: Fetchnotes is no longer available for download.

Fetchnotes is a super-simple app for capturing, storing, and organizing text-based notes. Users click the green "new note" button to start a note, then choose a hashtag (like "to-do" or "grocery") from a list, or create a new hashtag to tag and store notes on a single subject. Any note that contains words with dates or times triggers the reminder feature: A pop-up menu appears and lets users set a custom reminder to appear as a notification or email. Users can also click the clock button to manually set a reminder. Notes can be shared with other users from the device's contacts list. The main menu lets users sort notes as a timeline-style newsfeed, as a list of reminders, or through an archive. It's easy to reload the tutorial that appears on the app's first launch, which makes it a quick way to fully explore the potential of the app's simple features.

A word of caution: For reasons that are unclear, the App Store flags this for users 17 and up. This may be related to its sharing features, which allow any user to share Fetchnotes posts with others.

Although this app doesn't have a lot of features, the tools it does have are powerful. Fetchnotes feels like it was built specifically for the social-media user on the go, and it shines when you need to capture important information quickly. The hashtag-style organization system has instant appeal for avid social-media users, and the super-simple interface works easily and quickly across devices. The reminder features may be the strongest and best part of Fetchnotes: While it's possible to set reminders manually, the built-in features automatically recognize date- and time-related language, making it even faster and easier to save the info you need. This might not be the best app for making a daily plan of action or for planning complex, long-term projects, but it's a great tool for capturing and tracking info on the go.

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

The simple, straightforward interface is easy to use, but is unlikely to inspire the disorganized to change their ways.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

With a focus on capturing information and setting reminders, this is a great tool for getting organized.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

Built-in tutorial support is great, and the developer's website has extensive tips and tricks for maximizing productivity.


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Patricia Monticello Kievlan Foundation/nonprofit member

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