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Nota Group Member Introduction Page

 


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  Page created by: Kerri Clark, Rachel Conley, Jessica Dewar, Lauren Hardin, and Michael Krisof

Introduction

Nota is an online collaboration tool that allows users to quickly setup a page that multiple people can edit simultaneously. It is integrated with other online tool such as Facebook, YouTube, and many more. Some uses include classroom lesson plans and business instructional manuals.

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Enjoy Nota today! Click on the following link to experience it for yourself. http://notaland.com/

History 

Nota comes from the Latin word "nota" that has many meanings including "sign, mark, letter, musical note." (2)

Isshu Rakusai founded Nota Inc in December of 2007 in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, it wasn't launched until April of 2008. He also developed the technology that powers Notaland. The website is becoming popular due to its useful features including allowing multiple people to work together at the same time. To get started, all the user needs to do is sign up with a user name, email address, and password and choose whether the page is set to be public or private. Then, the user can begin using all of the applications. They can use this application along with Flickr and Youtube. The user can also share their pages on social networking sites such as Facebook, Blogger, or LiveJournal. They can use the application to draw, write text, and post pictures, videos, maps, or clip art. The best part is that it is completely free to use.

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How Does Nota Work?

How do you sign up for an account?

It is very simple to sign up for Nota and get started on your first project. Start by going to www.notaland.com. The opening screen will look like the image shown below. To sign up for a new account, click on create account and fill in the requested information (a user name, email address, and password). Once, that is completed, start your first presentation.

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How do you get started on your first presentation?

After. you click finish on the sign up page it will take you to a page that has the following image on it. It will let you get started making presentations. All you have to do is name the presentation and decide if it will be public or private. Then, click create.

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How do you use Nota once you get started?

After you click create, this screen will come up. The main heading will be of whatever the name of the presentation is.

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Once, this screen appears it is very easy to start using the presentation.

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How do you insert and move around pictures?

Using the tool bar on the right hand side of the edit window, it is very easy to insert and move around pictures.

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How do I insert a Google map?

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How do I share my Nota pages?

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How do I delete a page?

In order to delete a page, click edit then click discard

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How Nota Interacts with Other Applications

Nota is a unique web tool where users are able to create and share presentations. Nota makes it easy for users to use text, video, maps, clip art, and photos in their presentations. Nota is a unique way to give presentations because it allows for easy integration of videos from YouTube, information from Wikipedia,  maps from Google, and pictures from Flickr, Picasa, and Facebook. Nota also allows users to instantly share their creations with others around the world via Facebook, Blogger, and LiveJournal. 

The people that power notaland.com are helping to create applications for the iPhone and iPad.

    







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Top 10 Nota Features

1)   Presentation & notebooks created in second

2)   Compatible with any web browser

3)   Many tools, but use of them is simple

4)   Compatible with documents from most sources

5)   Editing and reviewing of a project by multiple users simultaneously

6)   Work automatically saved

7)   Great alternative to a wiki

8)   Valuable for projects where visuals are very important, such as collage building

9)   Fast load times

10) Free

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Real World Applications Of Nota

Educational Value of Nota


The image above is a project done by a student. The student created a message through pictures on the Nota tool. Nota is a unique and creative way to let students show what they have learned through research or a lesson plan. The most appealing aspect of Nota is the access students have to the web while creating their projects. Copious amounts of information can be placed in their collage at the click of a button. This may also be a negative issue because of the distractions students may face, however if used properly Nota can be extremely beneificial in the classroom. Nota is very easy to use and could be utilized at all grade levels. This tool is a great alternative to simple poster boards because students can gather a lot more information and images for the project. Videos may also be included on Nota pages giving them just another great educational feature. Nota gives students a more visual approach to a project but text is still an option for the page. Nota can also be used by teachers in order to present information to the students if no more room is available on the board.

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Elementary Level Lesson Plans

Title

Where are the Planets? (STEM)

Targeted Audience

4th Grade Students

Overview

Students will make a map of the solar system placing all the planets using Nota and take a quiz involving the order of the planets.

Objective

Students will be able to correctly identify the placement of the planets when given a map of the solar system 90 percent of the time.

Lesson Plan

           The following image is something that could be considered an acceptable presentation for the above lesson plan. 

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Title

Favorite Things

Targeted Audience

2nd Grade Students

Overview

Students will create an online scrapbook page.

Objective

Students will search internet for pictures of student’s interests and create a scrapbook page of their favorite things using Nota. They will then write sentences describing each picture with correct spelling and grammar.

Lesson Plan

Title

European Famous Person Project

Targeted Audience

6th to 8th Grade Students

Overview

Students will pick a famous historical person from Europe to create a presentation about using Nota. The teacher will grade the students presentation on creativity, information, and visual appeal.

Objective

After this lesson, students will know about a diverse range of European historical figures, understand how to use internet sources to do research on specific people, and be able to use Nota to create a visually appealing and informational presentation.

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Secondary Level Lesson Plans

Title

Factoring And Foiling (STEM)

Target Audience

8th Grade Students

Overview

Students will engage in factoring problems and multiplying binomials while the teacher displays information via Nota in order to save room on the board.

Objective

The students will factor trinomials with 90% accuracy and use the "smiling man" to check if the factoring is done correctly

Lesson Plan

Title

Agribusiness

Target Audience

9th to 12th Grade Students

Overview

In this lesson, students will explain how to identify customers for a particular business, describe the purpose of advertising and what various methods are available. In addition they will identify the responsibilities of the sales staff working with customers all using a Nota account.

Objective

After studying this lesson, the student will be able to identify the importance of communication in a successful agribusiness.

Lesson Plan

Title

Weather and Climate (STEM)

Targeted Audience

9th to 12th Grade Students

Overview

In this lesson, students will define and distinguish between weather and climate, explain how climate is a natural resource, learn to relate latitude and longitude to weather and climate, and assess methods used in measuring weather conditions. They will also relate weather fronts to natural resources all through the Nota tool.

Objective

After studying this lesson, the student will be able to identify an awareness of weather, climate, and the conditions associated with them.

Lesson Plan


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Post-Secondary Level Lesson Plans

Title

Designing a Restaurant Menu

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students

Overview

Students explore the genre of menus by analyzing existing menus from local restaurants. After establishing the characteristics of the genre, students work in groups to choose a restaurant and then create their own custom menus. They will use their computer skills to design a cover for a menu of a restaurant of their choosing.

Objective

Students will analyze the structure, content, and purpose of a variety of restaurant menus, explore how audience and purpose shape their writing, compose restaurant menus with attention to accurate and descriptive word choice, identify appropriate layouts and images that relate to their menus, and interact with classmates to give and receive feedback.

Lesson Plan

Title

Scavenger Hunt (STEM)

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students

Overview

Students will learn the basics of geometric shapes. They will learn how these shapes are found in their lives every day. They will also learn how to use a Web 2.0 tool, Nota.

Objective

By the end of the lesson, students will understand how the following geometric shapes that are found in their lives: cubes, pyramids, pentagons, hexagons, triangles, rhombuss, and spheres.

Lesson Plan

Title

Design a Historical Page

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students

Overview

Students will research their historical topic and write a 2 page paper on the historical significance and how it is still influencing the world today. They will also create an online page including some of the important information they learned from writing their paper that they would use to tell a high school freshman about the event.

Objective

Students will consider influential historical events, choose an event, research it, and write a paper about itCreate a Nota page about it designed for high school freshmen

Lesson Plan

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Business Training

            Nota would be a great tool for any type of business to use in training its employees. The different tools available on Nota make it possible for any type of learner to be able to learn different skills. Nota offers trainees visual instruction, text instruction, as well as the ability to communicate with instructors.

            The tool on Nota that most businesses would find helpful in training employees is Nota’s ability to easily embed many different kinds of videos, especially those from YouTube, easily into its projects. Many businesses have training videos that employees must watch to learn how to conduct themselves in the business, their general role within the business, or how to do the skills required within the business. The easy upload of videos onto Nota creates a place where workers being trained can view these videos along with any other notes the trainer may want to include with the video.

            As mentioned before, Nota allows users to put text with other forms of media, such as pictures and videos. This would allow a business to create a visually appealing training guide, to go along with typed out instructions. This would be beneficial to visual learners who want to see pictures or videos of what they need to do, as well as be beneficial to those who prefer written out instructions.

            Another key tool that businesses can use on Nota is the ability to be able to communicate with others via a message board or webcam. If a business posts a training program using Nota they may want to her back from those being trained, or the people being trained may have questions about the training presentation. Enabling the users to use a message board or web cam to communicate allows them communicate about the presentation.

  

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International Use of Nota


The headquarters of Notaland.com is hosted in Montreal, Canada. (24)

Nota is available in two languages. It originally began in Japan, but now has an English version. However, it is still common in Japanese classrooms.To view one students project click on the link that follows: Japan Map Project

Here is another example of how Nota is used in Japan: an instructional manual for a company. (25)

Notaland.com is the fifth most popular website in India and the Philippines. (26)

Notaland.com is worth approximately $18,297 US dollars and is ranked as the 877,463rd website in the whole world.(27)

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Testimonials

Here's what a few real people had to say about notaland.com

"Friends, colleagues, and groups can simultaneously create and collaborate on fun, interactive websites. First, quickly and easily pull in text, movies, photos, maps, and more from across the web. Then, mix and edit and see friends' changes in real time. You can create group scrapbooks, travelogues, club websites, party invitations, and interactive, multimedia personal blogs, or even chat with a full plate of multimedia tools."

"Nota is a very cool and creative application. There are many applications that allow you to play with images but the video feature is very unique to Nota. Being creative is fun, but being creative with friends is even more fun. The collaborative feature is very cool. The gallery is a great way for users to get an idea of all of the great interesting things they can do with the tools that Nota provides. It is also great that you can share your creation with your social networks such as Facebook."

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The Showcase

If you missed the EDCI 270 Showcase for the Fall 2010 semester here's the brochure for the night and a Nota page the attendees had fun playing with! The attendees also had a first hand look at how multiple people can be editing a page at the same time. We had two computers set up demonstrating how to use the application and to demonstrate how easy it is to use with multiple people.

Showcase Brochure - Publisher

Showcase Brochure - PDF file


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References


  1. http://gyazo.com/65a044ec954e7ee35e73a6d6213b114b.png  http://blog.notaland.com/2008/12/educational-usecase-60-words.html
  2. http://nota.jp/en/product/
  3. http://notaland.com/
  4. http://notaland.com/home
  5. http://notaland.com/clark115/55090?authkey=c61cf9f1ab
  6. http://notaland.com/clark115/53470?authkey=ba859091d8
  7. http://notaland.com/clark115/55312?authkey=e45b66206b
  8. http://notaland.com/clark115/55311?authkey=54577717e0
  9. http://notaland.com/howto
  10. http://notaland.com/clark115/53470?authkey=ba859091d8
  11. http://apps.notaland.com/home
  12. http://www.waptac.org/data/images/logos/blogger_logo%20original-01.jpg
  13. http://skagitpud.org/images/uploads/facebook-logo.jpg
  14. http://www.zdmaster.com/images/stories/Flickr-logo.jpg
  15. http://www.watblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Google-Logo.jpg
  16. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ZtpvTc16rYg/SFMDJ24-N9I/AAAAAAAAC-g/lklqTYndvwg/s320/live+journal+logo.gif
  17. http://www.tanketal.se/CIF-web/communication/images/picasa-logo.gif
  18. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/5/53/20090723121541\!Wikipedia-logo-en-big.png\|http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/5/53/20090723121541\!Wikipedia-logo-en-big.png (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/5/53/20090723121541\!Wikipedia-logo-en-big.png)
  19. http://www.trine.edu/images/youtube_logo.jpg
  20. http://blog.notaland.com/search/label/education
  21. http://valuethewebsite.com/www.notaland.com
  22. http://notaland.com/clark115/55394?authkey=267b3dc69c
  23. http://notaland.com/mkristof/55383?authkey=e4521fe330
  24. http://urldogg.com/notaland.com
  25. http://nota.jp/group/henai/
  26. http://www.quarkbase.com/notaland.com
  27. http://valuethewebsite.com/www.notaland.com
  28. http://www.killerstartups.com/Web-App-Tools/notaland-com-collaborative-website-creating
  29. http://notaland.com/clark115/57068?authkey=122d1210c2


 
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