Freshmen Skills – Notability on the iPad

During the Freshmen Skills class this week students were introduced to note-taking on the iPad, with most of the time spent looking at the Notability app. The students were shown a TED talk on YouTube and for 5 minutes they had to take notes by typing into a Notability note, for 5 minutes they had to use the pen tools and for 5 minutes they had to use a physical pen and paper.

Their paper notes where imported into Notability using the iPad’s camera (and annotated and highlighted added on top). We then compared and contrasted these different ways of taking notes, as well as discussing where and when each approach could be used.

Next, we looked at some of the other objects and documents you can import into Notability, such as web clips for saving and annotating web pages and using the Open in.. shortcut to import PDFs from my Hebron. We also connected our Google Drive accounts within Notability to make it fast and easy to import saved documents.

Finally, to wrap up the workshop, we watched through this video on visual note-taking to see another approach that could be used, taking advantage of all the tools that Notability offers:

Here are a few examples of what can be created using these techniques:

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