A. Instruction - 7.4
B. Design - 8
C. Engagement - 9.3
Penultimate: An App for Note Taking
Summary : Adding Convenience to Note Taking
Penultimate allows users to take notes quickly and efficiently with their iPad. To create a new note, users must tap the “+” icon on the bottom of the screen and choose a style of paper. The app then loads the note, and users must tap the “Pen” icon on the top right to add text and images to their note. At this point, users must select a writing utensil and ink color from the menu at the top of the screen to add text and drawings. Users can also erase and undo or redo markings with the menu. To add an image, users must tap and hold the screen until the “Paste, Camera, and Photo” menu appear. With this menu, users can add a picture they have copied to their clipboard, taken with their iPad, or stored in their photo library to the note. Users are also able to pinch their fingers to zoom in or out of the note. When finished, users can tap the “<” button on the top left of the screen to return to the main menu. To share their notes, users must have an Evernote account (www.evernote.com), and they must export their note to Evernote in order to share it.
- When lecturing from a PowerPoint, teachers can pause after each slide and require students to record information about the topic being discussed to their note. Teachers can require students to paraphrase and summarize information, not copy information word-for-word.
- When learning a new vocabulary word, teachers can have students record its definition, identify synonyms and antonyms for it, use it in a sentence, and add a picture of the word to the note they created.
- When conducting online research, students can record key facts, references, and other pertinent information using this app. That way, as they begin to compose a research paper or presentation, they can draw from the information they recorded using this app.
- When students are trying to visualize a concept, teachers can have them draw it using this app.
- When comparing two topics, teachers can require students to list and record information about one topic on the first page of the note and information regarding the other topic on the second page. By recording information using this system, students will have a scaffold for comparing and contrasting information.
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|