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When it comes to helping students become proficient note takers in class, I really enjoy the application Notability. Now notability does cost a couple dollars, but it's a small price to help students become proficient note takers. And really help them master the content by creating rich, dynamic notes. Notability allows students to create folders, and then in each individual folder, they can add new notes. Here I have a note that's created that a student started taking on what is Distance and Speed. They can add basic text and students also have the ability to create three various quick text functions. That's the small A, B and C in the hearts above the keyboard.
Here, if I want to switch fonts, I can simply click on the B and I'm in a typewriter font. Students can also choose to hold down any one of these to go in and set their fonts. The whole idea is to allow students to take fast notes. You'll notice that the Font menu is brought to the top of the keyboard. Students can bold, underline, italicize, change the font size and the font color, in a very quick manner. They can also choose one of the three preselected fonts. I like to tell students that they need to learn that the fonts represent different parts of their notes. If there's definitions, they can put those in one type of font. If they have a tool for helping them remember content, they could put that in a different font.
Help your students learn that this is a tool that's useful for them. Furthermore, students have the ability to add things such as graphs, they can also draw using just a regular marker tool on top of anything they create. So for example if a student's taking notes, and they're trying to figure out what exactly is speed, as distance divided by time. Maybe you start describing that the x axis is the independent variable, and the y axis is the dependent variable. And students want to remember that, but instead of taking the time to type it out, they could actually record exactly what you're saying. I'll go and hit the record button in the upper corner.
So in today's lesson, we're talking about graphing speed. The x axis or the horizontal axis is always our independent variable. Time is the independent variable on the speed equation. Our y axis or vertical axis is always the dependent variable. Your distance depends upon your time. Now what we've done is we've actually attached an audio recording to this particular slot. Students can now go and find the slide and playback that audio recording. So we have the combination of typing out notes, visual representation, and audio representation.
This is a powerful tool for helping your students keep organized and creating their own study resources they can then use outside the classroom.
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