Helpful note-taking mobile applications

Death to marker felt.During its monthly tablet user group meeting on Wednesday, February 6, Teaching and Learning Technologies spoke with faculty and staff about innovative and useful ways to incorporate tablet technology into their courses.

This month, the group discussed helpful note-taking mobile applications. Though there are several applications available for both iPad and Android users, the group highlighted five they believe are especially useful to faculty and staff in higher education.

MORE: Read about other useful iPad and Android mobile applications.

Picture 11. Evernote (Free): This application, available for both iPad and Android users, increases productivity and organization by allowing individuals to take text notes, capture photos, create lists, and record audio. Users can save, sync, and share files via multiple devices as well as email their notes to others. Individuals can tag their notes with keywords, or they can create notebooks, which essentially serve as themed folders, to better organize their note collections.


Picture 22. Penultimate (Free): This application, available for iPad users only, allows individuals to handwrite and save notes and sketches. Penultimate offers three different paper styles as well as black or color ink to users in an attempt to mimic the natural experience of writing on paper. As a member of the Evernote family, Penultimate syncs with users’ Evernote accounts, and just like Evernote, it allows users to create notebooks to better organize their notes. Users can convert their notes or sketches into PDFs to share them with others via email.


Picture 43. Skitch (Free): This application, available for both iPad and Android users, allows individuals to capture screenshots, create images, and annotate over photos. Users can mark-up pictures, maps, or screenshots using shapes, arrows, and text. They can draw new images and share their creations with others via email and Twitter. Because Penultimate is a member of the Evernote family, it syncs with users’ Evernote accounts.



Picture 34. Simplenote (Free): This application, available for iPad users only, allows individuals to create text notes and to-do lists. Users can sync the Simplenote application to their computers, and they can share or publish notes via email. Individuals can tag, pin, or save multiple versions of their notes to better organize their collections.



Picture 65. Moleskine Journal (Free): This application, available for iPad users only, mirrors classic Moleskine notebooks with its signature inner pocket for image and text storage, its plain, ruled, and squared paper selections, its paintbrush, pencil, pen, and highlighter tools, and its ribbon bookmark. Users can import pictures from their photo libraries or take new ones using the built-in camera feature. Individuals can share their creations via email, Facebook, and Twitter, and the application syncs to Evernote.


To learn more about how to use tablet applications or tablet technology in your courses or research, contact TLT. To join in on conversations pertaining to tablet use, attend TLT’s monthly tablet user group meetings. The meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month, and they are meant to broaden awareness of how to use tablets both at home and in the classroom.

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Sam Parker

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Sam Parker is a Marketing Student Writer Intern with Elon University's Teaching and Learning Technologies.

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