This is the second post in a series devoted to integrating the instructional strategies discussed in Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement (Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock) into teaching and learning in a 1-to-1 iPad environment. While in no way a comprehensive list, these resources will hopefully give some ideas for how to integrate the strategies into instruction using the iPad.
Summarizing and Note Taking
This category of instructional strategies can be defined as a way to “enhance students’ ability to synthesize information and organize it in a way that captures the main ideas and supporting details” (Classroom Instruction that Works, 2nd Edition.)
Students can utilize the power of technology to practice these strategies by providing opportunities to capture, organize, and reflect on important information. These apps can make it easier to provide students with opportunites to revise notes and use them for review, an important part of the learning process. Below is a list of iPad applications that can be used to support summarizing and note taking. These apps are great both for teacher modeling and student practice. Do you have any suggestions to share? Help me round out this Google Doc Spreadsheet and make sure to include your name next to any apps you add so that I can make sure to give you credit!
Evernote by Evernote (Free)
This popular app allows users to save notes across multiple sources in an easy to use space. You can clip full websites, articles, or selections of important information and tag the clips to help organize ideas. The use of tags allows users to more easily synthesize information from multiple sources. The app also allows users to share notes with others (teachers or fellow students), which allows teachers to evaluate student progress, share teacher-prepared notes as examples or create opportunities for collaboration and sharing in groups.
Note Taker HD by Software Garden ($4.99)
An easy to use app, Note Taker HD allows users to write notes and/or diagrams using a finger or stylus, as well as annotate over imported PDFs and images. These features allow students to both take notes from resources outside the iPad (paper-based articles and texts), or import digital information and annotate notes on top.
SoundNote by David Estes ($4.99)
SoundNote records audio while the user types or draws on the iPad, including a recall function that will allow users to play back a section of the audio clip that was being recorded when the note or drawing was written down. This could be a handy note for special needs students or auditory learners to help both with taking notes as well as mapping out ideas through spoken word.
Notability by Ginger Labs ($0.99)
This app integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, and recording to allow students to organize and summarize information. Notes can be arranged by subject and category to allow students to easily move from one project/assignment to the next. The app includes three outline styles for a linear form of note taking, as well as the ability to insert images and annotate to create nonlinear formats, such as webbing and mapping.
PaperPort Notes by Nuance Communications (Free)
A combined note taking and document annotation app for the iPad, PaperPort Notes allows users to type or write freehand notes, use voice recognition to dictate notes (great for some special needs students), annotate over imported documents from the web, your Dropbox or Box.net accounts, or documents folder. You can also import files or snapshots from the web, copied contents from the iPad clipboard and images from the camera. Teachers and students can share summary frame templates via imported documents from the web, Dropbox, Box.net, or PaperPort Anywhere accounts.
iDesk – Diagrams, Graphs, Schemes & Ideas by Ten Touch Ltd. ($6.99 or try iDesk lite for free)
Popplet by Norton Inc. ($4.99 or try Popplet lite for free)
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