Parents' Guide to

MarginNote

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cool annotation tool has an overwhelming array of features.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try, Paid Education
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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Is It Any Good?

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This note-taking tool helps users keep track of their thinking in some really versatile and convenient ways, but the instructions to use it are a barrier to getting down to business. The how-to text and help overlays are extremely confusing: Some are written in less-than-fluent English and consequently obscure the app's core functions and how to use them. Though the developers have created some tutorials that auto-play and have preloaded the app with some instructions, a broader intro in simple language would be a big help. Once you get the hang of it, though, there's tremendous potential to use technology to thoughtfully annotate, sort, and analyze a text. Though the developer's claims of revolutionizing note-taking might be overstated, the app is still a simple way to transform annotations into study-ready resources -- and it's a lot cheaper than other programs that do the same thing.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading comprehension, text analysis, using supporting evidence, writing clearly
  • Skills: Self-Direction : self-reflection, work to achieve goals, Communication : asking questions, conveying messages effectively
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid
  • Release date: August 24, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Sun Min
  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Last updated: February 15, 2020

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