I have mentioned my zeal for Diigo many times over and have developed a fondness of Evernote over the last year. They are the perfect tools for so many jobs. There is however a new app in town, a new discovery of sorts (New for me that is.), that I think will place right up there with the other two. I don't think it will steal the limelight, but rather emerge as the perfect tool for note taking of a different kind.
There is no perfect note taking app for all jobs. It is a matter of the right tool for the right job really. If you or your students are frustrated with taking notes on the iPad by switching between apps, then this is the app for you. Enter Scratch work for online note taking. What a great idea! The browser window sits side by side on the iPad screen along with the notepad, allowing you to take notes without switching back and forth between apps. What a great tool!
It also allows you to open a browser window or the notepad in full screen, link notes to the web pages they came from, Insert images, graphs and drawings, input math characters as well as email your notes as plain text or pdf files.
The fun doesn't stop there. There is yet another app out there which works in a similar way, but with even more windows!
The Side by Side app allows you to open up to four windows and arrange them in different ways, up to a quarter of the screen each when four are open. With this app, you to web browse in up to four windows, open a note window and take text notes by typing them in or copying them into the notepad with one click. Using Side by Side you can search search items you have starred by keyword and even save files for viewing offline using the filing cabinet and bookmark items if you haven't quite finished.
Again if you haven't already tried it out, you should. Here is a short video which demonstrates all of its functions.