An important skill that students of all ages struggle with is note taking. How should I take notes? How do I keep them organized? What works across many devices? We are fortunate at Westside to have many options available to students and staff. Here are three of my favorites. All are available for free to Westside staff members and students who have the appropriate devices.
Apple Notes Mac & iPad
Notes is Apple's built in note taking app. It syncs across your devices using an Apple ID. Notes supports handwriting/drawing, text formatting and inserting images. It's built in, so all you need to do to get started is to search for it and go!
OneNote Mac & iPad
I really enjoy using Microsoft's OneNote on both my iPad, iPhone and my Mac. It has become my go-to program for taking and organizing my notes. It sync's between all of your devices, support handwriting/drawing, and has an easy to use notebook view. You can also share notebooks with others to collaborate on ideas. OneNote is free and you can use a Microsoft account to enable syncing. Westside employees can follow the directions here to create their accounts.
Google Keep Mac & iPad
Google Keep is Google's all-in-one application for saving everything. Google Keep lets you save text notes, websites, pictures, to-do lists and more in an easy to use card format. Think of creating sticky notes for everything you want to remember, but on your computer or phone! You can access keep by looking in Self-Service on the iPad, or by going to https://keep.google.com in your web browser. You can sign in with your Westside email and password. Learn more about Keep here.
Notability is my go-to recommendation for elementary teachers who are looking for a solution to help students take notes. It is an AMAZING application that lets students hand write notes, mark up PDF's, create organized notebooks and much more. There are a lot of powerful features, yet it is also simple enough for younger learners to use. If you haven't tried it with your students, you should! It's available to download from Self-Service on district iPads.