Audionote - Notepad and Voice Recorder

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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All-in-one note-taking system; complex for young kids.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn effective note-taking skills with Audionote - Notepad and Voice Recorder. Using the built-in microphone, kids can record lectures, directions, or discussions in addition to typing or writing notes directly into the app. Kids also can imbed photographs and presentation slides, which may give those with audio processing delays an opportunity to keep up with class discussions without feeling overwhelmed about getting every word down. Audionote - Notepad and Voice Recorder syncs voice recordings and written notes to play back, share, or save for later, which will help kids learn content and organization skills.

Ease of Play

Has relatively self-explanatory features. Voice recording and typing is pretty easy, but saving and sending notes can be difficult. There is a user guide on the support website but not within the app.

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There are several links to purchase and rate other apps. Also, to share notes between mobile devices and computers you need to buy multiple copies.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Audionote - Notepad and Voice Recorder is designed for businesses but is helpful in many other arenas, especially for kids with audio processing delays. Kids can both record lectures or discussion and manually enter notes (typed or drawn) and then replay them later. During playback, notes and drawings appear in context, synced with the audio. Kids also can upload presentation slides to annotate over. Audionote - Notepad and Voice Recorder is an all-inclusive app for audio note-taking, but it can be cumbersome to learn all of its features and how to send from a mobile device to a computer. Kids younger than 12 likely will need help getting started. Also, to share among devices you'll need to purchase a copy of the app for each device.

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What's it about?

AUDIONOTE - NOTEPAD AND VOICE RECORDER allows users to tap a button and record audio notes while simultaneously drawing or typing notes. Kids can pause and edit audio notes, save them to Dropbox or iCloud, highlight important key words, and input presentation slides to annotate. Backgrounds can be adjusted to include lined writing paper, graphing paper, or white canvas paper. Typed notes can sync to audio recordings and will highlight in a different color when timed correctly. Using file sharing in iTunes, Dropbox, or iCloud, kids can store their notes and access them on a computer.

Is it any good?

Though the features provided by Audionote - Notepad and Voice Recorder are vast, they are sometimes difficult to maneuver. Kids with audio processing delays may find this tool helpful in capturing information but may grow frustrated by the complexity of the features. If kids are able to receive lecture slides ahead of time or capture images of important information, this seems like a worthwhile tool for audio note-taking and for kids willing to put in the time to learn the tool.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about effective note-taking and study skills. Help kids discover how they best learn and how they can best make sense of the information teachers are presenting. What are some ways to take notes? Is it helpful to be able to listen to information as well as read it?

  • As a family, brainstorm ways to create something meaningful with the notes recorded. For instance, kids can write a song or poem, paint a picture, or design an animated game to apply this information and make it stick.

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For kids who love help wth schoolwork

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