Online Learning Tips
From keeping track of deadlines for assignments to getting valuable notes for later reference, a great note-making app can do wonders for your child’s productivity. The integrated features you are looking for depends largely on the student’s requirement. Some parents (of younger kids) prefer AR (Augmented Reality) based apps which come equipped with a stylus for the child to draw and virtually save it on the desktop or cloud. To sort out through all the options, we’ve gathered five apps that are popular amongst the students (and teachers) and highlighted what each one has to offer and how much it will cost. Most of them are free!
Free & Paid versions; Available for desktop, Android, web, and iOS
If you have not checked out Evernote yet, now is the time. If you are looking for basic features which are sufficient for students, Evernote is free to use. However, if you want other attractive features of this app, it can cost you a pretty penny. Evernote stores everything you could possibly imagine losing track of- Class schedules, list of books to read, homework tracker, timetable, and simply typed notes. This app works in sync with your phone, computer, and tablet, although only syncing with two devices is free. Parents can still get to keep a track of what is current at school and their child’s progress on their smartphones. Also, this app only allows offline access to a desktop app with a basic account. This app works best for students as there is not much reason to go as to upgrade it to a Business Account which is largely useful for shared workspaces.
Free; Available for desktop, Android and iOS
As the name suggests, it is a note-making app that focuses on it’s effective, streamlined simplicity. It is in no way feature-rich as other apps listed here, its lack of frills is what you exactly might be looking for if you want something really easy to use. Also for students, there is nothing to be distracted by here, just simply type in the notes and it is done. Simplenote is widely available when compared to other apps. It is available for Android, iOS, desktop, web, Mac, Kindle Windows, and Linux, the best part is it is free no matter on which platform you use or how many devices you want to sync to. This app is also very fast, so fast in fact that as notes are entered or edited on the desktop, it almost immediately appears on the other devices. Simplenote has this handy history feature, where one can see every version of history no matter how many edits were made. You can also export notes as text documents in case you want to have access outside of the app or take printouts for revisions later.
Google Keep
Free; Available for desktop, Android and iOS
Google Keep is absolutely free, easy to use, feature-rich, and quintessentially Google. Unlike most note apps Google Keep uses a card interface that can make it easier to visualize priorities. Students are quite taken by this as it is far more fun than looking at a long list, the color cards help them organize tasks and ideas. Google Keep takes it up a notch with the features that are common in other apps. Audio notes for example are transcribed automatically, so your notes include a text transcription of the clip. You can make a copy of any notes and very well send it to Google Docs for future note keeping. Apart from the other features, Google Keep excels in the ease and ability to keep everything organized. Rearranging notes is as easy as dragging and dropping text to place them wherever you want and you can pin the most important notes at the top. Despite all the wonderful features and its easy usability, Google Keep may leave you wanting for more depending on the functionality required for a student. This app is only available for Chrome and doesn’t work on mobile devices. Overall Google Keep is great, it is especially convenient if a student is familiar with Google docs and for kids who particularly are taken by the colorful cards.
Standard Notes
Free; Available for desktop, Android and iOS
If you (as a parent) are concerned about hackers and insist on creating a safer online environment for your child during online classes, Standard Notes is your go-to option. This simple and easy to use app has built-in End to End encryption focusing on privacy. This means you can go about your chores with no worry about your child’s safety. This app also allows you to easily share notes across devices. The interface is fairly basic, as soon as you open the app you are brought to your first note. Also, it is easy to organize the notes which help students prioritize their work thereby, increasing the efficiency quotient. Standard Note is a no-fuss, easy to use app which could be very useful in providing that extra security in today’s online world.
Microsoft One Note
Free & paid versions with Office 365; Available for web, Windows Desktop, Android and iOS
To use MS One Note you will have to create a free Microsoft account (if you already use Skype, Outlook, or Xbox live account you can skip this step). Once signed in, your kid can make notes, sync, and access it from any device. It helps him/her create notes, notebooks, tag entries, clip content from webpages, and also make drawings with fingers or using a stylus. MS One Note is helpful in sharing notes with other students and teachers to both view and edit.

These are our top 5 picks for note-making apps to boost productivity, make notes, share, keep track of your child's progress, organising the timetable and all that a student needs no matter where he/she is.
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