What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Notability gives kids and teens a place to take and organize their notes. It can be very helpful for kids with executive functioning difficulties or those who just need an alternate method of taking notes. If kids want to type their notes, they can type them. If they want to draw, they can draw. If they want to record audio notes, that can be done. Numerous possibilities for note taking make this ideal for nearly any type of note taker.
Notability is a great organizational app giving kids color-coded subject areas. Kids have a choice or handwriting their notes, typing, or recording their notes. If you set the Accessibility speak feature on the iPad kids can highlight and hear their note and spelling errors. The highlighting tool is beneficial for kids who need a visual cue to remember a fact. New features such as adding a picture, a stickie note, or a web clip to help kids integrate visuals into their written work.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- group projects
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids and teens will find themselves doodling, highlighting information, searching for websites to add to their notes, and even recording audio commentary to make their notes more interesting.
Different learning styles and note-taking preferences have been taken into account. A range of features allows for more comprehensive and, therefore, more useful note-taking.
Before taking any notes of their own, kids and teens can practice using the note-taking features. The wide variety of features helps accommodate students with physical or learning disabilities.
What's it about?
Just as you would open a notebook and turn to a fresh sheet of notebook paper, NOTABILITY has you open up the app and turn to a blank screen for note taking. From there, you can take notes just as if you were writing in a notebook, but that's not all. For example, if you want to add a photo related to the notes, you can find one online or take a picture right where you are. You can do the same with a Web page, including a screenshot of a particular piece of information you want to remember. If simple text-based notes aren't your thing, you also can record audio notes to go along with text and images or record a teacher during a lecture. Once the notes are complete, they can easily be shared using Dropbox, Google Drive, or another platform, or they can be stored in folders created within the app.
Is it any good?
With Notability, there's no more carrying around bulky notebooks and other note-taking supplies. If kids want to highlight their notes, they can choose from a wide range of colors. Want to add a sticky note with more details? They can do that, too. Every tool kids could possibly need for note taking, including the pencil and paper, exists within the app. If writing notes doesn't appeal to them, they can draw pictures and add voice notes, too. With all these tools, note taking moves from being a rote exercise wherein kids simply copy what the teacher or textbook says to an interactive process wherein kids actually create notes they can use.
There's no excuse for losing notes either. Everything is digital and stored within the app. With the ability to create subjects and dividers, kids can organize their notes too. When it comes time to review, they can easily find the relevant notes. If their friends or classmates lose their paper-based notes, kids can share their notes with them through email or even print them out for others to see.
Families can talk about...
Help kids set up subjects and dividers to keep their notes organized.
Review notes with kids regularly, especially when they're preparing for a big test.
Take pictures or download images to add to note taking.