Education app of the week: Penultimate for iPad

Sometimes you just want to take notes the old fashioned way, which is why we’re big fans of this week’s app, Penultimate, which lets pupils jot down notes and annotations and sketch quick diagrams directly into iPad.

What is Penultimate?

Penultimate (Evernote, free) is a really simple app for hand writing notes on iPad, rather than using the onscreen keyboard (you can either use just your finger, or go with a pen-style device like the Griffin Stylus for a bit more accuracy). Made by the people behind Evernote – another of our favourite apps for taking notes and collating and organising information from around the web – Penultimate will integrate seamlessly with Evernote as well as photo annotation app Skitch. There are a few different ink colours and paper styles included, and also the ability to import images to create your own custom paper and notes. These can then be sorted in your Evernote folders along with your Skitch and Evernote notes.

How could it benefit the classroom?

Because you can import pictures into your notes and then annotate on top of them, Penultimate becomes a great note taking/annotation/mind mapping tool. It can be used pretty much across the board, in any subject where pupils are taking notes or need to draw up quick diagrams to help remember processes, such as in a science experiment or food technology class. When finished, single pages of notes or full notebooks can be shared as PDFs for feedback and assessment.

What’s the best feature? 

The real beauty of Penultimate is that it actually recognises your handwriting, which makes it really easy to search through all your old notes. Simply search by keyword, project or topic – very handy for quickly finding something specific among all your notebooks – or just browse manually through all your notebooks at once in Penultimate’s carousel view.

Where can I get it?

Sound like something you and your pupils could benefit from? Head to the App Store on your iPad or download Penultimate (Evernote, free) from iTunes. While Penultimate is a free app, there are a number of paper packages available to purchase ‘in-app’ for between 69p and £1.99.

– If you missed last week’s app, check out our review of Snapguide for iPad here.

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