Teacher Review for Notability

Superior Note-Taking App for Students and Teachers ...Perfect for a 1 iPad, 1 Teacher Classroom

Heather P.
TOSA - Teacher Induction Program
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My Subjects English Language Arts, English-Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use the Notability app on my iPad to support several C's of the 4 C’s of Common Core: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity. I especially find it useful to support ELD, writing, and mathematics. I connect my iPad to the projector via AppleTV or the Reflector App on my computer and use the Notability app to demonstrate for my students how to solve math problems and/or model how to "Prove Your Thinking." The app allows you to change paper, change the color and size of pens, and/or highlight text, including PDFs. It also has a photo feature, allows you to import PDFs, and you can also organize your notes. When organizing notes in Notability, you can create Dividers and Subjects (i.e. Mathematics or Writing). I organized my notes into "Subject" areas. My next step is to create a Subject for my class, with a Divider for each of my students. By doing this I can create notes for each of my students, including auditory files! ...The features of the Notability app allows you to keep running records on each of your students.
My Take
I seriously love the Notability app. The features are comprehensive. Overall this app provides tools to help you be the best teacher you can be! When connected to Apple TV or the Reflector App on your computer, you can use this app and become a mobile teacher. You are no longer stuck teaching in the front of the room! It also increases student engagement, especially when projecting student work. Students can also connect to the Apple TV or the Reflector App on your computer and "Air Share" their work. ...Notability does take some time to learn how to navigate, but you will be zooming along in your teaching once you learn how to drive the app. Your students will love it too. I created two YouTube videos to help the new user: 1) Exploring Notability — http://goo.gl/kP5mmA 2) Organizing your Notability Notebook — http://goo.gl/mWDYqt ...One downside of this app is that it costs money. There is a similar free app called UPAD lite that is good for student use as well.