Anyone else out there 1:1 with iPads? I am looking for THE BEST notebook app for my students to complete their Agriscience Notebooks on. Any help will be appreciated greatly!
My school has been 1:1 laptop for the past five years, and we are switching to iPads next year. We've spent this year doing a ton of research on different apps. I have two suggestions for you for note taking apps- Evernote (free) and Notability (I believe $1.99).
Notability: Super easy to use, and to keep organized. Students who are not comfortable typing, can use a stylus and "write" in this app as well. I love how clean the interface is- you can always download pdfs into it, and then draw on them.
Evernote: Also easy to use. Not as "clean" looking in my opinion, and a little less-easy to manage, however, the part I LOVE about it, is that students can share their folders with you. Now, you can click into their folder from your computer or iPad at any point in time and see what they have been doing, if they've caught up on missed assignments, etc. I would also say, if you use Edmodo at all in your classroom as an LMS, Evernote works much better then notability for handing in assignments.
The only notebook app that I know of is livebinder. They can set it up like an actual binder with sections and what not.
My school went 1:1 with iPads this January, and students had access to both Evernote and Notability. This first semester I think teachers and students alike focused their time on learning and using Notability, for many of the reasons you mentioned. Just an FYI though, we had issues with this app crashing, and students would lose completed work. Word to the wise - back everything in Notability up through dropbox or the apple cloud or something!!
I wanted to put a plug in for Evernote. I have been using it for the past couple months and its so great and user friendly. Plus it's free. I especially love how you can have it on you laptop or desktop too and it all synchs together. I have never had any problems losing info. Plus they added Skitch which allows you to use a stylus to take notes or mark up notes.
Students can also share their folders and notes with you which I think a someone mentioned earlier.
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