Editorial Review

Notability

Flexible note-taking tool appeals to multiple learning styles.
Graphite Rating 4
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  • Different sticky notes and backgrounds can be chosen to fit a student's personality or needs.
  • Welcome note serves as an interactive tutorial, covering the basic functions.
  • Notes can be password protected for diaries or other personal pieces.
  • Organize notes by subject and division.
  • Zoom in on or edit specifc parts of notes.
Pros
It features multiple note-taking tools, sharing options, and the ability to organize notes within the app.
Cons
Some features are trickier to use than others.
Bottom Line
Notability lets students choose the best tools to make their notes thorough and useful.

Graphite Expert Review

Stacy Zeiger
Common Sense Graphite Reviewer
Homeschooling parent/instructor
Graphite Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

Kids and teens will find themselves doodling, highlighting information, searching for websites to add to their notes, and even recording audio commentary to make their notes more interesting.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Different learning styles and note-taking preferences have been taken into account. A range of features allows for more comprehensive and, therefore, useful note taking.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Before taking any notes of their own, kids and teens can practice using the note-taking features. The wide variety of features helps accommodate students with physical or learning disabilities.

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What's It Like?

Instead of just copying down what's on the board or summarizing what's in a textbook, students can take notes they will actually use with Notability. 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 easy access later.

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Is It Good For Learning?

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 styles and note-taking preferences. Auditory learners can record as they talk, or record themselves sharing key information. Visual learners can add photographs and drawings to their notes. Logic-focused learners can add graphs and create diagrams. Students are not tied down to one method of note-taking.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Having students take notes is not 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.

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