Digital smart pens
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Off topic, but has anyone tried any of the smartpens, like Lightscribe? I'm just wondering if they are the anwer to all of my problems or something I'll use for the first week and lose interest in. For me what I like about them is the ability to write physical notes in a physical notebook (I like the tangibility and it helps me remember stuff if I write rather than type - I don't know why) and then upload them to a computer to search for keywords and themes across multiple notebooks. On the face of it they sound like a great idea, but I don't know anyone who has actually uses them regularly.
I've looked at them and wondered myself whether they worked well. Sorry, no answers.
My son, who has some auditory processing issues but excellent study habits, uses one especially when material is tricky, lecture is long, or lecturer is less than clear. He uses it to download notes, and to revisit lecture on materials he didn't understand (college level math & science).
No problems as yet with lecturers who don't wish to be taped, but you might want to ask about school policy. (Perhaps this pen allowed because son's issues are "registered" with the school?)
I'm impressed that Livescribe company offered to replace a mysteriously malfunctioning pen which is out of warranty period, and is working to do so during break between semesters.
Thanks for that margd! The reviews I've read are generally very positive, and I'm interetsed in trying them out partly to see if they might be useful to some of my students.
And I did think exactly that as I typed it Mrs Lee!
My son's away at the moment but I'll check with him to see if one can search for keywords. My recollection is that notes are "photographed", and thus not searchable(?)
At least one lecturer has identified my son as go-to guy for classmates who miss lectures. Tom's a good student, plus it's easy for him to share his notes by e-mail, etc., and even to play back lecture for sections of notes that absentee may not understand.
(My sister also used Livescribe for a two-year nutrition program. A so-so student in her youth, she now has diligent study habits like my son's. (How did I miss out??))
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