I’m excited to announce our very first collaborative post! A few fellow bloggers and I have come together to each review an app that we are exploring or have found helpful in our programs. Each of us has posted our app review on our blog. Links to the blogs are listed at the end of this post. Please click on the links to each of the blogs to find a review of that app. I hope you find the reviews helpful and enjoy your visits to each of the blogs! Thank you to Laurel, Joanne, Heather, Tracy and Tina for your continued inspirations and for participating in this collaboration!
Lately, I have been very interested in apps that support the documentation of student learning. I was introduced to NoteLedge last year but didn’t take a close look at this app until recently. If you are using this app, you will undoubtedly be aware of its versatility and ease of use. I originally considered this as a note-taking app, but it has so much more to offer. NoteLedge allows you to create as many notebooks as you like. This allows you to create notebooks for your personal use as well as notebooks for each of your students. NoteLedge is a good app for anecdotal notes, electronic portfolios and projects.
NoteLedge allows you to:
- Take notes
- Type text
- Insert pictures from your library
- Take pictures within the app
- Record audio
- Record video
- Insert a table
A palm rest easily slides around the screen so you can quickly access it when you need it.
One of the unique features is the Navigator and Browser window. The Navigator Window allows you to crop, cut and paste images. The Browser Window allows you to clip content from the internet. Please consider copyright and only clip images that are royalty-free or for which permission has been granted.
One of the things I like most about this app is the ability to take or embed videos, voice recordings and pictures. These features can further enhance documentation and also be used as part of students’ learning stories. The screen can tend to look busy with all the tool bars, but they can easily be hidden so that student learning takes centre stage.
There are several options for sharing your notes, documentation or student work. These include email, Facebook and Twitter. Pages can also be printed and saved to your photo library. In-app purchases such as stamps, brushes, covers and layouts are available. Help is a click away with PDF and video tutorials. Notebooks can be backed up to Dropbox, box, Google Drive, FTP or DAV.
For the most part, NoteLedge is user-friendly, but I found I did need to play with manipulating a few of the features. I would prefer if the handwriting was smoother, but the versatility of this app is hard to beat.
If you use NoteLedge or any of the other apps featured on our collaborative posts, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment to let us know how they are working for you and how you are using them with your students.
More app reviews are a click away. Please visit my fellow bloggers for their reviews on:
Vine – reviewed by Laurel Fynes http://www.thiskindylife.blogspot.ca/2013/11/the-coll-app-orative-connecting-and.html
PicCollage – reviewed by Tracy Pickard http://www.passionatelycuriousinkindergarten.blogspot.ca/2013/11/the-coll-app-orative-connecting-and.html
iAnnotate – reviewed by Joanne Babalis http://www.myclassroomtransformation.blogspot.ca/2013/11/the-coll-app-orative-connecting-and.html
Book Creator – reviewed by Heather McKay http://ignitingcreativity.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/the-coll-app-orative-connecting-and-collaborating-through-apps/
SoundBrush – reviewed by Tina Zita http://misszita.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/the-coll-app-orative-connecting-and-collaborating-through-apps/