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Nebo and OneNote

Using digital technology effectively should also include the ability to use it for making, using, reading and sharing notes much more effective and efficient than taking notes by hand. There are two sides to this coin - having the hardware to do the note taking on and using the best software for the task.

The first part of this blog is for those of you who are lucky enough to have learners that come to school with tablets or mobile devices. In this section we take a quick look at ntwo of the best apps available for digital note taking.

Let's start off with Microsoft OneNote (NB: you need a (free) Microsoft Account to download the application - the app can also be downloaded from the Mac Appp store, the Google Play store, the iOS App store and Windows Marketplace).

Q: What is Onenote?

A: A free note taking app that allows you to mix text, pictures, drawings, handwriting and even clip web pages and organise them in a tabbed notebook format.

Q: What devices / OS does Onenote work on?

A: Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.

Q: Does OneNote sync?

A: Yes - it uses OneDrive for syncing across all devices. This means your notes are available all the time (even on the web).

Q: Can I share my notes?

A: Yes you can - so you can collaborate with your friends.

Q: What are OneNote's best features?

A: Check the bullet list below:

  • You can combine all sorts of media (typed text, pictures, handwriting, drawing, photos, movies, audio recordings and even clips from web pages) into a note.
  • You can write or type anywhere on the screen
  • The maths features are very useful - helping you to solve, understand and even graph equations - even if you write them out by hand.
  • Audio recorded in OneNote synchs with your notes - so you can choose an element on the screen and listen to what was recorded as you were creating that element.
  • Handwritten notes can be converted to text (NB: on WINDOWS ONLY).

Here's a video you can show your learners about how to use the app:

An alternative that I like is MyScript Nebo. Believe it or not, most people still like taking notes in handwriting rather than typing - and Nebo is the best tool available for doing anything you can imagine with handwriting!

Q: What is MyScript Nebo?

A: A R169.00 note taking app that has the best handwriting recognition / conversion features of any app out there.

Q: What devices / OS does MyScript Nebo work on?

A: Nebo it works on all devices with active pens, namely: iPad, Android devices with the S Pen (Samsung) or M Pen (Huawei), Windows 10 devices with an active pen, Chromebooks with an active pen.

Q: Does MyScript Nebo sync?

A: Yes - Nebo syncs with Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud.

Q: Can I share my notes?

A: Yes you can export your notes as a Word document, in HTML or as a PDF(iOS only) and send them to anyone you like.

Q: What are MyScript Nebo's best features?

A: By far its ability to work with handrwritten notes. Nebo allows you to

  • edit your notes using simple, easy to learn gestures
  • convert hand written notes to text if they are in English or Afrikaans.
  • search through all your notes, whether they are handwriting or text
  • draw diagrams interactively

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