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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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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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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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Sound Note

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SoundNote tracks what you type and draw while recording audio, so you'll never worry about missing an important detail.

While playing back your recording, just tap a word; SoundNote will jump right to that point in the audio.

SoundNote is perfect for students. If you ever fall asleep in class, don't worry SoundNote's got your back. Just tap what you wrote while you were awake, and SoundNote will play the audio to help you fill in the blanks.

Click this link for more information & to download - Sound Note info

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Sonocent Recorder

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Sonocent Recorder is the companion app to Sonocent Audio Notetaker for Mac and PC. Using the app on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can capture high-quality recordings and annotate in real-time using colour markers, photos and text notes.

Capture high quality audio recordings, highlight important parts of your recording in real-time , Enhance your recordings with text and enhance your notes further by taking a photo of a presentation or maybe of a diagram. 

Click this link for more information & to download - Sonocent Recorder

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Notability is so powerful that it will transform how you work: sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, jot travel notes, teach a class, make a presentation and much more.

Click this link for more information & to download - Notability

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Audio Note

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AudioNote combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder to create a powerful tool that will save you time while improving the quality of your notes. It's the perfect app for students or business.

Click this link for more information & to download -Audio Note

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Cogi - voice recorder

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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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With a single button, the background noise going from you to other call participants will be removed. krisp & the background noise coming from the call participants to you will be removed.

Click this link for more information & to download

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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