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.


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. 


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.


Choose “Typing.”


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. 


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. 


Need help with your device or your school’s devices? Feel free to contact us here at Beehively

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.

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