Another exciting discovery with a new iPad app called "Noterize". I have been writing down assignments on students' notebooks for years and this year, I am planning a change and was actually toying with the idea of emailing assignments to students and copying their parents on the email. When I received an email from an MYC colleague yesterday about emailing assignments from the iPad, it ultimately sparked my curiosity to find the perfect app that would do exactly what I want. I was looking for an app that would display pdf or jpeg files as a background so I am free to create templates and forms. Now there is a variety of apps that have this feature but this is clearly not enough. The next criteria was the ability to create text boxes, edit text, change fonts and move them anywhere on the screen. I thought finding the perfect app was tricky but I absolutely can't believe that an app is available and the best part.....FOR FREE! So, iPad users, hurry on to the app store and download Noterize! It is a must have in your studio if you're planning to do away with handwritten assignments.
To summarize, here are a few highlights of Noterize:
- The best part: Users can create text boxes and have options to include a border or display as a sticky note!!. Edit text, change fonts, pen size, colour and move the text box anywhere you wish on your iPad screen.
- How would you like to include audio clips to demonstrate a section of a piece, an articulation or phrasing?? It is now possible to attach an audio file to the assignment sheet. Share your assignments via email, dropbox, pdf, Facebook, Twitter or Google Docs
- Highlight, annotate and erase your notes easily.
- Importing a document is easy. Transfer your documents through iTunes or simply download it from a web browser or dropbox. So Dropbox fans, there is an easy way to download your templates to Noterize.
- Noterize supports a variety of file formats: png, jpg, pdf, ppt
I created a template for weekly assignments that I am excited to try this year and here's a sample page that I had emailed myself from Noterize :) I think it's great that I'm able to save some printing cost and ensure that parents can be on top of their child's piano assignment when they are copied on the emails. The template is posted here if anyone is interested in this resource.