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Note taking - Students helping students

  • Two students take notes each class period with smartpens as part of their participation grade. Shelley then posts the two sets of notes from each class on her course Google Site, where all students in her classes can view them. Read more in this Edlivescribe blog post by Sue Glascoe.

Digital Story Telling

Note taking in AP and Honors classes


Assistive Technology for Note Taking

  • A student with an auditory processing problem may take incomplete notes. Physical and hearing impairments may also limit speed and make note taking difficult. Livescribe smartpens make it possible to record and replay audio captured synchronized with notes enabling students to listen to any part of the audio and to potentially create more complete notes during replay.

Cornell Note-Taking Plus

  • The Cornell Note-Taking system uses six basic steps: record, reduce or question, recite, review and recapitulate. Students who can’t keep up with the pace of the lecture are not disadvantaged any longer. They have complete audio recordings of their teachers’ lectures. The “Record” step of the Cornell system is enhanced with the ability to play back the lecture at any place. Students can write questions in their Cue columns without the fear of losing their places in the lectures. Handwritten notes may be studied selectively, as the audio is attached to notes. See the Livescribe Teaching Strategy Guide (available with training)

Collaborative Oral Projects

  • Have students create a collaborative oral project like the one below that showcases the sights and sounds of the rainforest. Put each student in charge of researching one or more of the elements and record the information as an oral report. Parents or other students can then listen to each recording. Read more in this Edlivescribe blog post.

Oral book report

  • Students can use audio dot shapes or labels to do oral book reviews and attach the reviews to an audio label on the book they read.

Searching handwritten notes

  • Want to find where you have written a particular term to study or review? Type the word in the search portion of Livescribe Desktop, and it will highlight every place the term was used.

Sharing of notes as pencasts

  • Class notes or other writing can be shared as pencasts on the web or mobile devices like iPhones or Droid smartphones.

Transcribing Writing to Text

  • Save teacher or student time by transcribing printing or cursive to text using MyScript for Livescribe transcription software (comes in most K-12 educational bundles). Read more in this Edlivescribe blog post.

Vocabulary practice

  • Many students need to have audio reinforcement of learning. The Livescribe Pulse smartpen allows you to take any content, add audio labels, then give to the student to study. Here is an example of Audio Flash Cards to help memorize science terms and definitions.

Miscellaneous (but important!)

Dictionary Application for smartpen

Substitute audio for lessons