Problem: My students need
a versatile note-taking app for
Here’s a solution: GoodNotes,
a dynamic app designed for
the iPad, is available in both a
free and a paid version. Both
versions feature an adjustable
zoom bar that allows the user to
write naturally at a comfortable
size appropriate for finger or
stylus. What makes this app
stand out from others is the
smooth transitions across the
page while writing. The zoom
bar automatically moves along
with the writer. A resizable
palm rest allows the user to
comfortably position the hand
for natural writing. A wide variety
of background templates, pen
colors, pen sizes, and highlighters
complete the palette.
GoodNotes is not just a handwriting tool. Students can use the
iPad’s keyboard to type and use
the camera to insert images. They
can handwrite notes during class
and quickly take pictures of lecture
slides to embed into their notes.
One of the most useful features
for the classroom is the ability to
open and annotate PDF files.
Both paid and free versions allow
users to connect GoodNotes with
their Dropbox or Box accounts.
Teachers can upload student essays
to Dropbox, annotate in GoodNotes,
and email the files back to students.
The free version is limited to two
notebooks. The upgrade to the full
Yes You Can Take Notes on the iPad!
version is well worth the $3.99
price for unlimited notebooks
and access to new features
as they are released.
Hannah Walden is a high school English teacher at Calvary Christian Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. In addition to teaching, Walden helps her coworkers integrate technology into their various disciplines. Explore her
class projects at http://techielit.com and follow her on
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