A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to capture important information -- such as phone numbers, addresses, or short lists -- by practicing with VoiceNote. Using the various input methods, kids can get down information they might forget otherwise. As an inroad to organizational tools, VoiceNote may be a good choice, but kids likely will need more flexibility as they shape their skills and processes.
Ease of Play
VoiceNote requires some practice, especially with text-input features, but once kids get the hang of it, the tool is easy to use.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that VoiceNote is a straightforward, simple, virtual-sticky-note tool that may benefit kids who need a place to keep quick notes. Because it allows for voice-to-text notes, this might be extremely helpful for kids who have fine motor issues or trouble interacting with text in general. VoiceNote does not read notes back, which may be problematic for some kids. The app allows sharing to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, so consider talking to your kid about how and whether to use that feature. Note that there is another app named VoiceNote for iOS that is made by a different developer and has similar features.
Is It Any Good?
As kids begin to use their mobile devices to collect notes and other things to remember, VoiceNote might be a simple solution -- for some. The voice-to-text features are accurate and continuous, allowing kids to speak longer notes without stopping the software. Also, the handwriting feature might be helpful for kids who have trouble with typing. VoiceNote doesn't, however, allow for color-coded notes (they are all yellow), nor does it read aloud the voice-to-text notes, which may take away from the benefits for some. Notes must be saved before they stick to the board on the left, and notes can't be rearranged: They remain in chronological order.
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