Classrooms may be going paperless,
but this age-old practice isn’t going away anytime soon.
In his ancient Academy, Plato saw value in note-taking as a means of artificial memory, and required students to integrate some principles of the practice in their learning. Today, classic note-taking is still an essential learning tool, but new tech devices offer three unique benefits for students—taking Plato’s concept of “artificial memory” to the next level:
When note-taking goes digital, students can easily and instantly share their notes with anyone else—no photocopier (or spare papyrus) required.
Students aren’t limited to their own notepad—multiple students can collaborate on the same document together in real time, from school, or from home.
With notes in the cloud, students can write and access any notes from anywhere. This time, "My dog ate my homework!" isn’t going to cut it.
So, does your class note? We hope so. If your classroom has access to tech, here are three cloud-based apps we recommend:
Simplicity–Reliable no frills notes.
Sleek and elegant–Extra features.
Feature-rich, but more complex in a clean MS Office-like interface.
|Categories||X (color-coding only)||X (color+labels)||X (color+labels)|
|Photo, PDF, & Audio||X||X||X|
|Drawing & Handwriting||X|
|Search text within photos||X||X|
|Extract text from pictures and pdfs.*||X|
|Clip web articles for later||X||X|
*OneNote points out that the effectiveness of this feature does depend on the quality of the image.
- Gail Holmes outlines note-taking apps for the iPad (with lesson plans)
- Shannon Mersand uses Notes to address the Common Core (with lesson plans)
- Deb Norton creates a digital backpack with Evernote
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