Buzzworthy Apps: Notability

Ginger Labs’ Notability for iOS  is one of the best note taking apps in education.  There is almost no learning curve, which makes it ideal for use in and out of the classroom. If you’ve been using an iPad for any length of time, you’ll feel very comfortable using Notablity as your go to note app.

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Upon starting the app, you’re immediately taken to the “all notes” page.  You can take notes on a plain white screen, or you can click the tool icon and select from several styles of colored and lined paper.

Organization

Organizing your notes is a snap.  Notes can be created to be organized by subject.

Text Input

Text input has several options as well.  You can type via the virtual keyboard, handwrite, or even dictate your notes.   Notability offers a variety of  pen thicknesses from fine point to marker size.  Changing colors is a snap. 

Distribution

Notes can be distributed to an entire class via Google Classroom or via Apple’s Air Drop technology.

Versatility with Sticky Notes

Students who use this app can add a sticky note right from the app.  In this example, we’re using an imported PDF for annotation. Tap the “+” in the upper righthand corner.

 screen-shot-2015-05-20-at-32448-pmpng Next, choose Stickies from the available choices.

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Choose “Typing.”

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You have the option to drag, drop, and resize your sticky note.  You can even change the background color.  Entering text in the sticky note can also be manually typed via the virtual keyboard, dictated, or handwritten with built in pen. 

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Many schools now require students to use Cornell Notes.  Now with Notability, you can insert multiple sticky notes, thus making it an ease to take notes in this popular format.

Voice memos

Using the iPad’s build in microphone to record voice memo’s right in a note is another popular feature.

Cloud Syncing

Notabilty can be configured to sync up with both iCloud or Google Drive.  Once properly configured, notes are stored in the cloud. 

Support

Need help with your device or your school’s devices? Feel free to contact us here at Beehively support@beehively.com.

Professional Development

Beehively offers a wide range of professional development seminars designed to meet the needs of your organization.  Contact your Beehively account representative to further explore these opportunities.

Tips and Tricks: Saving Assignments as a Draft

One of Google Classroom’s new features is the ability to create drafts. Previously, when drafting an announcement or assignment, the only option when you were done was to publish.   Now, your prep work created in Google Classroom is automatically saved as a draft! One may now prep, plan, and prepare for the class without actually assigning the lesson or project just yet.

To create a draft announcement:

  1. Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class you’d like to edit or post to  and then click “Annoucement.”
  3. To save the announcement as a draft, click the arrow next to “Post” and select “Save draft.”

To Save An Assignment As A Draft

  1. Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com.
  2. Select the class you are working with.
  3. Click “Assignments”.  Populate your the assignment with the information you have in mind.
  4. To save the assignment as a draft, click the arrow next to “Assign” and select “Save draft.”

Have a question regarding Google Classroom?  We’d be happy to assist you.  Send your questions to support@beehvely.com.

Tips and Tricks: About the Additions to Google Classroom

The developers over at Google are constantly adding new features to Google Classroom. Since our last blog post regarding Google Classroom in January of this year, several exciting and noteworthy features have been added.

This post will explain how to add a secondary teacher or instructional assistant. People added to this secondary role can create assignments and announcements, grade or review student work and even moderate the comment stream. Google Classroom was designed to help teachers spend less time on paperwork, and more time with their students.” With that in mind, read on to learn about this cool new feature!

Adding A Teacher or Instructional Assistant

To invite another teacher or an instructional assistant to join your class, there are a few basic steps to accomplish.

To add a teacher or instructional assistant, In Google Classroom, select one of your already created classrooms. First, click “About.” In the left pane of your screen, you’ll notice a button titled, “Invite Teacher.” Click and choose the person from your contact list. If you can’t find the person you have in mind, you may have to add the individual to your contacts.

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Send the invite and your colleague can join your classroom! To read more about Google’s updates to Google Classroom, follow our blog. We are also available at support@beehively.com to assist with any questions or suggestions.