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By Stacy Zeiger, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Creative tool lets kids jazz up notes with audio, photos.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Crashes & Deletes

This constantly crashes and deletes my recordings & notes! Unreliable
age 10+

Idea for Common Sense Media

OK - we don't have an iPad and admit to not having tried this app. But the concept of enabling kids to do their notes in a whole host of different ways is awesome, and I could see it being very well received. I wish Common Sense Media would partner with Apple or Google on a phone totally geared to kids, where the apps are reviewed by a respected organization like CSM, or parents at least have the ability to remotely control what does and does not belong on the phone so kids could use it more to their advantage and we could avoid all the parent-child battles over screen time/game time. I'm sorry but - based on our experience - middle schoolers just don't have the impulse control (and vision) to use their phone for communication, education, organization, time-management, etc... All that other good stuff is best added later.

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With so many flexible and thoughtful features, Notability equips all students to take high-impact notes. Although note-taking may be a way for students to capture important information, not all students benefit from the note-taking process. Notability recognizes that different students have different learning needs and note-taking preferences. Students can choose to record as they talk or record their teachers' lectures and make minimal written notes ("test review starts here!") to help them jump to appropriate points in the audio recording when they revisit their notes later. Students also can record themselves sharing key information or record a conversation with a teacher when they're receiving feedback or reviewing for an assessment. Learners who respond better to images or drawings can add photographs and drawings to their notes, while learners can who thrive on charts and diagrams can create them with a stylus or finger.

Keep in mind that not all these options work for everyone, and it might be overwhelming if you try to use them all at once. It's up to students and their teachers to develop efficient strategies for using the app's many capabilities in the most efficient, meaningful way possible.

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