New educational app lets users annotate files

While other parts of the classroom have changed—such as blackboards being replaced with interactive whiteboards—the notebook has not, Giffhorn explained.

“My students are still using the same three-ring binder their grandparents used,” he said. “I really believe my app will be able to move my students into the 21st century classroom.”

Eventually replacing binders and notebooks with tablets and software like the eNotebook educational app could improve student organization and simply reduce the weight of student backpacks.

“It’s going to save kids time from writing down everything on the board, because they’re going to be using the teacher’s pre-configured notes and just adding their own notes too it,” Giffhorn said. “It’s one less thing for the kid to have to do. It allows the kid to focus more on the actual learning.”

Such a tool could be especially useful for those students with learning disabilities who have a hard time copying notes from a board, the teacher added.

“I would love to be a part of the movement to change the classroom,” he said. “As the iPad starts getting accepted more into traditional education, I am hoping my app is one of the flagship apps that goes along with it.”

If interest in the app is any indication, Giffhorn might see his hopes become a reality. Schools and universities from as far away as Ireland and California have contacted the high school math teacher about his educational app.

“I knew this wasn’t going to grow overnight, but it’s moving in the right direction,” he said.

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