Whiteboards are powerful places for learning and thinking to occur. With the introduction of whiteboard applications and a touch screen, interactive whiteboards create a whole new world for learning, thinking, and collaboration.
Todays post will take a look at a versatile app that will turn your tablet device into an interactive whiteboard, a presentation tool, a PDF annotation tool, and more. Note Anytime is a free app available for iOS, Android, Windows tablets, and Kindle. It does offer some in-app handwriting recognition and pen purchases but most of the functionality you might want is available from the free download. Here is a brief video showing an overview of it’s functionality.
When you first open the app, you will see the screen below. The left side allows you to create folders and organize your content for future use. To start your first note, just press “Create Note” and you will be presented with several templates or a blank page option. Clicking on the cloud will give you the opportunity to create a free account which will allow you to sync your documents across devices.
By touching on the pen, you will be presented with several editing options. If you touch and hold the options around the pen, you will be presented with more formatting and editing options. In the top right, you can add images, photos, and web pages to your notes. Each image that is added can then be annotated over with the pen and text editing tools.
Note Anytime offers a variety of ways to share the content you create within the app. You can send via email, to Evernote, Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Send to another app where you can have the features of that app available to you. Images can also be saved to the camera roll or printed with a compatible printer.
By selecting the Share button throughout iOS, you can open many documents like a PDF in Note Anytime by selecting the “Open in” option. Several apps allow the user to open a document or attachment in Note Anytime. In the example below, a PDF was opened from an email with Note Anytime and now it’s possible to begin annotating over that PDF.
Other Interactive Whiteboard Apps
What if I don’t have a tablet?
Here are some ideas if you do not have a tablet:
Download Note Anytime or try one of the other interactive whiteboard apps presented. Describe how you could or have used interactive whiteboard apps in the classroom. Consider how students could learn using a whiteboard app and how you can teach with it. Feel free to describe how you use a whiteboard app that is not listed here. Share your ideas in the comments below.