Having students take notes isn't the only way to use Notability in the classroom. It's a way for teachers to take, organize, and share notes, too. For example, before an exam, you might create a review sheet and email it to students. Students may also use the app to organize and store notes for a unit and then share their stored notes with students who were absent or those who need help reviewing for an exam. It's also a great tool for collaborative learning and group projects, as students can brainstorm ideas, take research notes, and then quickly share them with their group members.
Kids with learning and attention differences will love Notability's flexibility: Work with your students to come up with strategies for using the note-taking and audio-recording features to capture what's going on in class and help kids focus their efforts on understanding rather than writing furiously. Get creative with the audio features; they're a terrific way to collaborate with your students. Use the app to annotate a student's submitted paper or assignment and narrate your annotations as you go, giving students a guided tour of your feedback.
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Notability helps students take notes they'll want to review, revisit, and actively use. If there's a chart in the textbook they want to reference quickly, they can snap a picture and add it to their notes. If a concept is better explained by drawing a picture, they can do it right there, too. On a single page of notes, students can type, write, draw, highlight, record audio, cut, paste, and even insert content captured from websites. When they're finished, students can organize notes for later easy access. The audio recording feature is especially flexible: If you play from the start of the recording, the notes you took darken and fill in as the recording continues, letting you see the notes appear as you wrote them. Similarly, you can tap on any point of the note (whether it's writing, typing, or a photo) and jump to that point in the audio recording.
Students can also use Notability to organize their notes, tagging them by color and organizing them by tags or categories. Users can also share their notes across a variety of platforms (like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box), via email or iTunes, or across devices through the Notability app itself.Continue reading Show less
Notability equips all students to take high-impact notes. While note-taking may be a way for students to get down important information, not all students benefit from the note-taking process. Notability recognizes that students have different learning needs and note-taking preferences. Students can choose to record as they talk or record their teachers' lectures and make minimal written notes ("test review starts here!") to help them jump to appropriate points in the audio recording when they revisit their notes later. Students can also record themselves sharing key information or record a conversation with a teacher when they received feedback or reviewed for an assessment. Learners who respond better to images or drawings can add photographs and drawings to their notes, while learners can who thrive on charts and diagrams can create such images with a stylus or with their finger.
Keep in mind that not all of these options work for everyone, and it might be overwhelming if you try to use them all at once. It's up to students and their teachers to develop thoughtful, efficient strategies for using the app's many capabilities in the most efficient, most meaningful way possible.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
|W.6: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.6.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.|
|W.7: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.7.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.|
|W.8: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.8.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.|
|W.9-10: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.9-10.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.|
|W.11-12: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.11-12.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.|