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Note taking Technologies

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Engaging in class lecture is crucial for academic success.Taking notes can be a big challenge for students registered with the Disability Service.

Students may struggle with writing while listening. Or they may have trouble keeping up with a lecturer because of slow processing speed. The below resources are aimed to support students.

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TCD Supported Software

Listed below are a number of technologies that will allow you take notes effectively within a lecture environment and reduce that hectic feeling of trying to keep up with your note taking:

Livescribe Pen

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What starts on paper, doesn't have to stay there. Livescribe smartpens bring your words & ideas into your digital world. The pen lets you write digital notes using special paper and a pen with a tiny built-in infrared camera that tracks the nib's exact location on the page. Conveniently, this new pen uses a built-in Wi-Fi adaptor to communicate with your PC rather than a wired USB connection.

Online Help & training

Visit our training page to learn more about the Livescribe Pen training

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Image of audio notetaker screen Screenshot of the Glean interface

Glean offers a visual and interactive form of note taking one where audio, text and images are used to create truly comprehensive notes. Instead of the single stream of information you get with standard audio, Gleansplits your recording up into individual phrases and displays them on screen as a bar. You can then organise these bars by colour coding great sections and removing not so great sections.

A 30 day free trial available from the Glean website by clicking on this link. If you would like to continue to use the software after this period just get in touch with your Disability officer.

Online Help & training

Click this link to learn more about Gleanvisit our training page

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Digital Dictaphones


Students can use the digital dictaphone to record lectures, assignments and research information. Students have fuller control over the playback, they can pause and rewind much more easily than using a cassette player. This is useful for visual impaired students, those with dyslexia and learning difficulties. Digital dictaphones have the added attraction of being able to transfer recordings onto PC and even synchronise with some voice recognition software.

Online Help & training

Click this link to learn more about Audio Notetaker visit our training page

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Free Resources

One Note

OneNote is a digital notebook that automatically saves and syncs your notes as you work. Type information in your notebook or insert it from other apps and web pages. Take handwritten notes or draw your ideas. Use highlighting and tags for easy follow-up.

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Apps for your smartphone or tablet

You can buy microphones attachments that will turn your iPhone into a digital dictaphone (see above) to record lecturers, notes etc.

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Cogi - voice recorder

Capture audio highlights of a lecture. Uses 15 sec buffer so when you realise this is an important part and tap ‘Rec’ it starts recording from 15 sec previously. Recording app designed to assist people who already take reasonably good paper notes!

Click this link for more information & to download -Cogi

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Academic Support help

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For further help and gaining strategies to help you take effective notes please view are academic support page which give you information on:

  • How to use your lecture note effectively
  • Strategies for taking notes in a lecture
  • Introduction to the Cornell method of note-taking