Friday, May 2, 2014

Using the Notability App in a One-iPad Classroom

Hopefully you were able to download the highly regarded Notability app while it's free. Now that
you have it, you might appreciate some ideas on how to use it in a meaningful way to meet personal and instructional needs.

Although there are many other apps that have similar functionality, I like the fact that Notability notes can be opened from or saved to your Google Drive or Dropbox. You can also email the notes as pdf, rich text, or Notability files so almost everyone can open them, including parents. Notability will also interact with many other apps that you've probably installed on your phone or iPad, including Creative Book Builder, Side by Side, Evernote, and more. You can also set Notability to backup your notes automatically in your Google Drive or Dropbox.

I scoured the web and found several suggestions from classroom teachers who rave about Notability! Use your Apple TV or Reflector software to project your Notability screen from your iPad.
  • Import worksheets, graphic organizers, and other documents saved as pdfs and let students take turns writing on and interacting with the iPad. Remember that you can save Word documents (Save as > PDF) and download Google Docs as pdf files. Elementary teachers, this is a way to use the projectables from your reading series when Smart Ink doesn't cooperate.
  • Import pdfs to highlight and annotate text. You can even add your signature to pdfs!
  • Import student checklists and use Notability for assessment. Checklists can be saved in separate folders that you've created for each student.
  • Take pictures of pages of books and then use the audio feature to read the books to students. Let students do this as well to test reading fluency.
  • Take pictures or video of students as you assess a variety of skills. Save into the students' individual folders.
  • Import student writing samples and then peer edit as a class.
  • Record audio as students solve math problems on a note and then share solutions with the class.
Read how a math teacher uses Notability for instruction. And then take 15 minutes to watch this YouTube video and learn how to make use of the great features of Notability! Add your ideas for using Notability in the Comments section. And, as always, let me know if you'd like my assistance!

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