The humble Post-it note is a staple in many classrooms around the world. It’s a great way to quickly and easily capture your students thoughts and ideas. Their simplicity and cost make them a great tool to use in the classroom. However, they’re not perfect: they can easily get lost and they are not shareable. If you use Post-it notes in your classroom and have found the same problems, the Post-it Plus is ideal for you!
How to use?
One of the best things about the Post-It Plus app is the fact that it is incredibly easy to use. Simply scan the Post-It notes you wish to capture with your device by holding down the camera icon for approximately 2 seconds.
Your device will indicate which Post-In notes it has captured with a green tick. You can remove any of the Post-It notes it has captured before proceeding by tapping the note, followed by delete. You can also manually capture any Post-It notes missed by the app by tapping it and dragging the corners of the square to match the corners of the Post-It. You can also name your board.
Now that you have your board with the Post-It notes grouped together, there are a number of other things you can do. Firstly, tapping anywhere on the group will bring up a toolbar, enabling you delete the group, rename the group or snap your notes to a grid.
Tapping on an individual note will enlarge it to fill the screen. You can also swipe through your various notes, rotate or delete individual notes (bottom toolbar) or edit (top right of screen) a note by adding text or free hand drawings.
You can also add a new Post-It note to a board by tapping the icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. When you add a note, you can either draw on it free hand using the pen tools, or type using the keyboard.
At any time, you can create a new group within a board simply by dragging a note outside of its existing group. You can also combine groups by dragging one on top of the other.
Finally, once you are satisfied with your board, you can share it in various ways and in a number of different formats. If you tap the Share icon (top right of screen), you will be asked if you would like to Share Board or Export Board. I recommend choosing Export Board, as you can choose to export it in a format that best suits your needs. You will be presented with the following options:
If you want your board to be editable by the recipient, the best format to choose is Post-It Plus Board Export (3CSB). They will need the Post-It Plus app installed on their device to open this file format.
If you do not want your board to be editable, or if the recipient will be opening it on a device which does not have the Post-It Plus app installed (e.g. laptop/desktop), then any of the other options will suffice.
Once you have chosen the format you wish to export the board as, there are a number of ways you can share it:
– AirDrop (only available to nearby iOS/OS X devices with AirDrop enabled)
After uploading it to a cloud storage service, you could share the file with students by adding the link to an iTunes U course or by creating a QR code which they scan to access a download.
Uses in the classroom
There are a range of ways the Post-It Plus app could be used within a classroom. If you already use Post-It notes for a task, the most obvious way to use the app is to scan these using your device, meaning they are now shareable, editable and cannot get lost.
One way I have used the app is as a replacement for card sorting activities when looking at the causes, effects and responses to a geographical event. Students are provided with a board with Post-It notes already added and then have to arrange the statements into the different categories. They can even divide these even further, for example arranging the causes group into human causes and physical causes. As an extension activity, students are provided with another source of information like an article, website or video and encouraged to add any new findings as additional Post-It notes to their board.
This app is also a great tool to facilitate group work and carousels. One example could be when students are working in groups, with each researching a different topic. The group could record their findings on Post-It notes. Following on, as part of a carousel, groups could then rotate and capture the Post-It notes of each group and arrange them on a single board.
What makes this app so great is the fact that it is free, easy to use and it is versatile. It’s also perfect, whether you’re 1:1, have shared devices or just one device. There are some premium features which are available through in-app purchase for £1.49. This will allow you to change the colour of your notes, access the eraser tool and Quick Add + (not really sure what this is). Whilst these features are nice, they’re hardly essential in my opinion and the app functions just fine without them. Finally, I am unaware of any limits to how many notes or groups you can have on a single board: I currently have a board with 12 different groups on and over 80 individual notes and I’m still able to add more.
If you have any thoughts on Post-It plus or if you’re willing to share how you have been using it in your classroom, I would love to hear from you either in the comments section below or by Tweeting me.
Post-it® Plus by 3M Company is available for Free on the App Store.
*all prices and links correct at the time of publication and are subject to change