Remarks: Failing Us

11 Nov

In my classroom we have moved away from using Remarks as our note taking app because of two reasons. First the app corrupts PDF files at an unacceptable rate. Out of our 600 + students using Remarks we found that most of them have had more then two corrupt files in the first two months of school. The response from the App developers about this has been rather slow.

The second reason we have moved away from it is because students saw their annotations disappear from PDF documents. This also was a fairly regular occurrence. When trying to motivate students to learn, annotate, and answer questions on their iPads having their hard work just vanish was not helpful!

We are now testing many new note taking and PDF annotating apps including UPad, Notability and iAnnotate. If you have any ideas please let us know!

3 Responses to “Remarks: Failing Us”

  1. Christopher November 12, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    You should try GoodNotes too, it is steadily improving.

    • Wes November 12, 2012 at 7:52 am #

      I have played with that one a little too. It has a great writtig engine and seems to be smooth however you can’t insert images or use typed text to annotate. My students need to be able to do both of those.

      Thank you so much for the comment and the suggestion.

      • Len December 22, 2012 at 11:48 am #

        Wes, you can do both with Goonotes. Just hold your finger on the screen and a dialog box will appear. Add text or pictures. Can later drag it around.

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