EdTech Quick Take: Evernote Vs. Notability

A quick look at how these popular note-taking tools can work in the classroom.

April 09, 2015
Jeff Knutson Senior Manager, Education Content
Senior Manager, Education Content

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Students, Technology Integration, Tools

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Both Evernote and Notability are great digital note-taking tools for teachers and students. But which is best for classroom use? Both tools offer a host of similar functions, but some key differences might make one a better choice than the other, depending on your needs.

For students, these tools promote good note-taking while also modeling organization skills. The ability to add and embed a variety of digital media within notes takes students' note-taking to a whole new level. From images, Web links, and videos to sketching tools and live audio recordings, taking notes -- and studying -- can become a more interactive experience. 

What's more, both Evernote and Notability can be incredibly useful for teachers. Both tools save everything in the cloud, which makes it easier to stay productive on the go, whether you're between classes at school, grading student work at home, or even planning lessons during your commute. Some teachers and students are even using these tools like a really basic LMS (Learning Management System), where they can share documents and assignments via the cloud.

So, is Evernote your favorite, or do you prefer Notability? Tell us in the comments below! Also, be sure to post a Field Note on the tool's review page -- share how you're using these tools to help your students learn.