Handwriting Notes on the iPad 2: Differences between Note Taker HD and Bamboo Paper app

Hand written note using the Note Taker HD iPad appEditor’s note: We wrote this post back in early July when we were comparing the voice recognition capabilities of Dragon NaturallySpeaking vs handwriting and typing.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get around to publishing our thoughts on handwriting on the iPad until now.

Since this post was originally written, both NoteTaker HD and Bamboo Paper have both come out with new versions of their app. Even though it’s summer vacation, we haven’t had a chance to play with the new versions because 1) we’ve been very busy working on our online literature circles site, and 2)  to be perfectly honest, we haven’t found a note app that we really like.

  • Digital ink is cool.
  • Handwriting notes into your iPad is cool.
  • We see the potential of handwriting on your iPad to completely replace  your overhead projector / elmo projector in the classroom

So, why is it that when we need to jot down a quick note, we still use that simple Notes app that came with the iPad? We need to find a note taking app that we really like (and can build into our workflow.)


Handwriting Notes on the iPad 2: Differences between Note Taker HD and Bamboo Paper app

Hand written note using the Bamboo Paper iPad appThe Bamboo Paper iPad app and the Note Taker HD iPad app are two very cool iPad apps that let you write notes by hand on your iPad.

This is the kind of digital ink that we were dreaming about three years ago when we were first playing with SMART boards and digital pens.

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Organize your Life – 10 Reasons to get the Pocket Informant HD iPad App

Pocket Informant Screen Shot Even though we’ve already written about organizing your life by keeping your thoughts in the cloud, there are two reasons why we’re writing another post about Pocket Informant (on the iPad 2):

  • The Pocket Informant HD iPad app is on sale this week (August 17-24) for $9.99 (from $14.99), and,
  • Robert, you really need to get this app for your iPad.

Pocket Informant is a great calendar and task management system for your mobile device.

Pocket Informant HD (Calendar & Tasks) – Web Information Solutions, Inc.
Pocket Informant HD (Calendar & Tasks) - Web Information Solutions, Inc.
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Your Students are Instant Messaging / Texting / Chatting using Google Docs in the Classroom

We love Google Docs. We first started playing around with this classroom technology in August 2008 and we’ve been using it ever since. We’ve even completed the Google Apps for Education Training to work towards becoming a certified trainer.

Although we love Google docs, over the past few months, Google has rolled out some changes in the way it handles discussions and comments and this makes us a little hesitant to use Google Docs in our classroom.

  • The challenge with Google Docs is keeping students on task and productive
  • Two ways that students can get distracted using Google Docs
  • Distraction #2: How to discourage students from getting off task when using the sidebar discussion and chat windows
  • So what’s the problem with using the new next-generation Google discussion system in Google Docs?
  • Solution: Teachers want to be able to switch off the discussion chat features in Google Docs
  • Watch this youtube video about the Discussion features in Google Docs. This is how your students might be chatting / IMing instead of writing their research essay or short story:

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