iPad Apps and Instructional Strategies – Summarizing and Note Taking

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)

iDesk is great for the nonlinear formats, making it easy for users to create mind maps, flow charts, and other diagrams with notes from multiple resources.  This app can be great for helping students connect background knowledge with new information and make connections to summarize this information into key ideas and concepts.

Popplet by Norton Inc. ($4.99 or try Popplet lite for free)

Popplet allows users to track ideas and plan projects visually.  Webbing, a nonlinear note-taking strategy, utilizes shapes, colors, text, images, and arrows to show relationships among and between ideas.  The app easily integrates all of these formats to allow students to create visual notes and connect information along common themes.

Check out last week’s post on Similarities and Differences.


3 comments on “iPad Apps and Instructional Strategies – Summarizing and Note Taking

  1. Kim, I love reading your posts on educational topics! Thanks for sharing! Nancy

  2. Very good and interesting article

    I do not use anymore EverNote because i have discovered recently a very good app ” Beesy ”

    I have been usingIpad for 2 years. I used EverNote and then Awesome Note for a long time and their ability to sync but both had a disadvantage ; the lack of features to accommodate tasks, to-do and make monitoring
    So i was seeking an alternative app to save time for my meeting. I have almost testest all the apps on Notes/ ToDo on the APPstore and I must admit I am still surprised they do not fit with a pro use. I have just discovered Beesy, an note taking and management app ToDo which apparently include taking notes with a business way. I have tried for several days and until now i’m really satisfied by Beesy. It’s really efficient and maybe the only disadavantage is you need time to use it efficiently. I guess this App really deserve we spend a little bit time to understand it

    I love shortcuts of Beesy’s icons in order to use it quicky and easily add notes. Also, the advantage is to submit easily by email minutes about my different meeting

    Guys, if yu are interested yu can google “Beesy” of go to the website http://www.beesapps.com

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