iPad Tutorial Handout – 2 Most Commonly Used Apps – Notability & GoodNotes

Notability ($4.99)

  1. Upload your PowerPoints and syllabi to Notability
    1. Open PowerPoint or syllabus on your laptop
    2. Save as “PDF” in Google Drive

***Note: you can also use Dropbox or another service to save and import your files

  1. Open Notability on your iPad
  2. Click the arrow in upper right corner and Import from Google Drive
  3. Select the note you want to import
  4. Click “Create new note” if you want the file to be separate or “Add to other note” if you want to add the file to another file you have already imported
  5. Organize your notes
    1. Click the plus sign in upper left corner
    2. Create subjects to group your notes
    3. Create dividers to separate your subjects
    4. Take notes on your PowerPoint/syllabi
      1. Insert text box anywhere by pressing your finger against the screen. Recommend a keyboard for typing
      2. Write or draw anywhere by pressing the pencil. Recommend the Bamboo Stylus. Drag the hand up from the lower right corner if you would like to press your hand against the screen while you write. Use your index finger and your thumb to zoom in to write if you prefer
      3. Other features: highlight, erase, use the scissors to move any written notes or drawings to somewhere else within the note.
      4. Studying with your iPad:
        1. While viewing a note, press the arrow in the upper left corner to email the note to a classmate, print the note, or save somewhere else
        2. If using Google Drive, all edits made to the notes in Notability will automatically save and appear in your Google Drive. You can then view these on any other laptop computer if you would prefer

 GoodNotes ($5.99)

  1. How To Upload PowerPoints and Syllabi to GoodNotes as Separate Notebook
    1. Open PPTs or syllabus on your laptop
    2. Save as “PDF” in Dropbox

***Note you can also use Google Drive

  1. Open GoodNotes on your iPad
  2. Create or choose an already created folder to upload file into

                                          i.          To create a new folder, click the ‘Folders’ button in the top left corner

  1. Click the ‘plus’ sign in the upper left corner to upload new file
  2. Choose whichever program you saved the original ‘PDF’ to
  3. Select the file you want to upload
  4. How to Upload PowerPoints and Syllabi to GoodNotes in an existing Notebook
    1. Select the existing notebook you want to add file to
    2. Go to the page you want to import the file after
    3. Click the ‘plus’ sign in the upper left corner
    4. Click ‘Import’
    5. Click ‘Import Below’
    6. Choose Dropbox (or Google Drive if PDF saved there)
    7. Select the file you want to upload
    8. Organize Your Notes
      1. Create Folders on the main screen by clicking the ‘Folders’ button in the top left corner
      2. Click ‘New’ to create a new folder
      3. Once a new folder is made follow steps 1 and 2 to upload files
      4. You can change the folder order by clicking ‘Edit’

***NOTE: Each PPT can be a separate notebook or combine PPTs from a day of lectures into a single notebook! (Follow Step 2)

  1. Take notes on your PowerPoint/syllabus
    1. Insert text box anywhere by pressing your finger against the screen and choosing ‘Text’. ***NOTE: Recommend a keyboard for typing
    2. Write or draw anywhere by choosing the pencil on the top middle icon bar.
      1. Bamboo Stylus is recommend.
      2. Use index finger and thumb to zoom in to write if you prefer.
      3. Choose the ‘paper and pencil’ icon on the top left tool bar to open a magnifying box. Size of box can be changed by dragging bottom right corner
  2. Other Features: highlight, erase, use lasso to move any written notes or drawings, press eyeglasses for ‘reading only’ format, draw perfect shapes with the shape tool, view all slides with the overview tool (four squares on top left)
  3. Studying with your iPad
    1. While viewing a notebook click the three dot icon on the top right and choose ‘Export/Print’, then ‘Export All Pages’ or ‘Export Current Page’ to save notes to Dropbox or Google Drive or to Email to a friend