Tag Archives: UPad

Another new note taking App

19 Dec

As students perform more and more of their class work on the iPad we are really putting note taking apps through it. We have tried Goodreader, iAnnotate, NoteShelf, Remarks, Notability and now UPAD. So far none of them are perfect but we are now leaning towards UPAD. Remarks was our standard at the beginning of the year but we saw consistent problems with data corruption and deleted annotations. While we really like the typing features and the interface of Remarks we can’t stand by and watch our students keep losing work. We have moved to UPAD. It has a great handwriting engine, pretty good folder structure, decent typing tools and the ability to read PDFs and take free hand notes. Students have not lost data and are therefore trust UPAD with their work.

We are always looking for a new note taking app. If you have suggestions send them our way.
Requirements for a good note taking app…
1. Handwritten notes
2. Typing took
3. PDF reader
4. Free hand note taking section
5. Connect to either WebDAV and/or Dropbox
6. Folder structure that allows students to organize their notes
7. A way to open the notes in other PDF apps
8. Ability to change tools, colors and options quickly and easily.

I know there are more but at some point you have to stop!

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!