5 Excellent Note Taking Technologies

Posted by Jessica Conrad on 4/15/2016

1. Google Docs (FREE) drive.google.com
First on our list for a reason: sharing, collaborating, embedding extra information, and syncing across all devices.  The research tool alone is worth encouraging students to switch from the notebook to Docs.
For example Docs is perfect for Guided Notes.  Guided Notes is a strategy for students to learn note taking skills and support weaknesses in language, attention, organization, learning, and motor skills.  This strategy is also effective for participants in Student Teams or other meetings where minutes or plans are set into a template and need to be easily shared and skimmed.
To learn more about turning notes into a Guided Notes with Google Docs: https://www.teachforgoogle.com/course/info.php?id=8
2. Live Scribe ($129 and up) https://www.livescribe.com/en-us/
Much more than a simple pen, this tool doubles as a recording device, capturing audio and written words as notes are taken.  What is recorded can sync the written text, diagrams, and audio with tablets or smart phones and reviewed with the lecture/meeting played back as parts of the text are highlighted.  This is an excellent tool for students who struggle with memory, attention, or keeping up with the notes in a lecture and a favorite of many administrators.
3. Evernote (Freemium) https://evernote.com/
One of the most popular note taking technologies of all time, Evernote syncs your information across any platform available.  Free accounts come with a fair amount of storage and features, but paid accounts come with the ability to add pass codes to notes, save emails to Evernote, annotate PDFs, and turn notes into presentations.
This app is the official iOS note taker for the American Foundation for the Blind.  It is designed for users of VoiceOver with a wide variety of features like keystroke efficiency and quick navigation through notes.