Homework Helper #1 or “The first step to success is not forgetting to start!”

When I was in eighth grade, there was only really one way to reliably track your homework: you’d write it down. The only pic calenarquestion was whether you’d write it in a calendar, a binder, or on a scrap of paper. I know I tried them all, with varying degrees of success.

Over the past few days, I’ve discussed homework tracking tools with students in all my classes. I’ve been really impressed. Many of you use an AES agenda along with your Sunrise Calendar. I confess that is my favorite method, maybe because I still use a paper and pencil agenda to keep track of some things! Other students supplement their calendars with apps like Notes or Reminders; this can be especially helpful for larger projects which contain many smaller parts.

I thought it would be interesting to share with each other the systems we use for remembering what we have to do and when we have to do it. Please tell us what you do and why it your think it works for you in the comments below. While you’re at it, why not read what other students are doing? You might learn a new trick or two while you are at it!

Notability: a note taking tool

I talked with Mr. Sheridan, our Middle School Tech Coordinator about a lot of different note taking apps. He suggested we try out Notability. I like it for a lot of reasons. Notability lets you take pictures and highlight or write on them; it lets you mark up PDF’s; it lets you organize your notes in folder and back them up on Google Drive or Dropbox.

Perhaps the thing I like best about Notability is that it makes it easy to draw diagrams and webs, almost as if you were using paper and pencil. I’ve been reading a lot about note taking, and one thing I’ve learned is that some research suggests that paper and pencil note taking is actually more effective than note taking by typing. (You can read an article about that here.)

We’ve been experimenting in my different sections of Academic Support. Here are just a few of the interesting examples of what Notability can do. In the comments below, explain what you have learned about Notability this week. Have you learned anything from looking at these examples?

Anna's notes show photos and webs.

Anna’s notes show photos and webs.

Lotso uses the highlighter

Lotso uses the highlighter

 

 

 

 

 

Anis uses words, arrows and the highlighter to reflect on her writing.

Anis uses words, arrows and the highlighter to reflect on her writing.

Amy uses photos, words and drawings to reflect.

Amy uses photos, words and drawings to reflect.