Notability Creations from Marian Catholic’s PLC

Now that I have 10 minutes to actually reflect on what I saw during our “Show & Tell” session of our Notability PLC unit, I want to summarize what our teachers presented as their creations with Notability. This was our first “Show & Tell” session and honestly I was very nervous when it came to our teachers that are self proclaimed “tech challenged”. However, by the time we completed all of our sharing, some of these teachers had created excellent projects/content within Notability.

It was great to see all of our teachers sharing and learning from each other. Although many presentations were similar, the ones that stepped a little outside the box opened everyone’s eyes to the possibility of not only using tech in the classroom, but using it effectively.
Below are examples of what our teachers created with Notability – along with our 2 discoveries.

Our Drivers Ed classes are using it to take notes during movies, and the teacher sends out PDF’s of forms to help students see what needs to be filled out for the state.

Modern US History teacher was using it to promote Visual note taking. Students can diagram ideas like our 3 levels of Government, and include written descriptions alongside the diagram.

English & Religion teachers are using it for annotating and analyzing writing. Students will use different color highlighting to point out different parts of sentence and essay structure.

One of our band directors is using it as a practice journal. Students record not only the amount of time, they listen to the recording, and write:
“What I can improve” and “What I did well”.

Our choir director uses it to keep herself organized. Class notes, Lesson plans, etc… all in their own Dividers and Subjects

Discovery #1 As the recording is played back, the text appears shaded, and then as it plays back the words get dark. This also works with the drawings.

Our librarian shared that we can use library resources to find PDF’s of articles and download them to Notability. Many of our indexes allow us to access PDF’s which we can share with students.

One of our Theology teachers was inspired by a self-proclaimed “non-techie”, and used Airdrop to pass out her assignment “The Kingdom of God is like….”.  Students had to finish the sentence, and write an explanation of it. They also included an image that represented their written work.

Art – Annotate images and identify elements and principles of design. They are also using it to Compare and Contrast paintings and styles.

Science – Visual Note taking in order to draw and annotate scientific images. They are using the DocScan app to create PDF’s and then open the PDF in Notability for annotation.

Art – Demonstrated basic drawing skill (perspective). Teachers had the opportunity to follow her lesson, and I learned I still can’t draw – but I loved the lesson.

US History – Students are using Twitter simulation, and then including screen shots of these tweets to compare, annotate, and share with other classes.

Discovery #2 – Save PPT as PDF 1st – don’t just open in Notability. Teachers are sharing PPTs with students so they can annotate the PPT as it is being presented.

Textbooks – Students open their text from books/online, screenshot, so they can annotate, and have math problems from the book directly in their notes. This saves them from having to flip back and forth between Apps.

French – Bingo Baker website is used to create Bingo cards as review. The cards are then saved as PDF’s, and share with students. The students open the PDF to create a new note in Notability, but only page 1, 2, or 3 (the teacher instructs which one).

Spanish – Collecting notes electronically, and using the recording feature to collect oral presentations from students.

Math – Sharing Notability files and PDF’s through Edmodo and Google Drive so students are following on the same problems that are being demonstrated.

Latin- iPad camera used to photograph incomplete group/student work on the whiteboard. They were able to complete this work the next day in Notability.

Math – Lesson created in PDF so students can enter information on the page. She also allows for some blank slides so if they get ahead of schedule, there is already space for more practice.

Spanish – Students download pages from Edmodo, and use the microphone to record listening comprehension directly on the worksheet so they can do self-assessment.

History – Students compare and contrast Athens and Sparta, then create an advertisement to promote the one they feel is the best.

Spanish – Students create a flowchart of what happened in the story they’re reading. This includes writing and visuals to help them follow along.

English – Helping freshmen students write their first essays.  TinyScan is used to take a picture (PDF) of the student’s essay, then they used color coded highlighting to identify different parts of the essay. Kids love seeing their own writing on the screen.


About Sean Scanlon

Director of Instructional Technology Marian Catholic High School Google Certified Trainer
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