VoiceNote

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Simple, solid note-taking tool lacks flexibility.

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Educational Value

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.

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What 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.

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What's it about?

When launched, VOICENOTE creates a new sticky note on the right-hand side of the screen and displays all saved notes on the left in date order. Kids can insert text by typing, speaking into the microphone (if connected to Wi-Fi), or using the handwriting feature. You also can insert information from the Android clipboard. By clicking on the share icon, kids can send notes via Evernote, Blogger, Google Drive, email, Google Keep, Skype, Twitter, or Facebook or convert it to a PDF file. You can add from the clipboard but can't insert photos or graphics.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about prioritizing notes. Knowing which notes are most important and which have expired will help kids learn to prioritize and organize their virtual notes.

  • Ask kids to create daily to-do lists or checklists within VoiceNote. List the things that need to be completed for the day or for a long-term project to help kids break longer periods of time into smaller, more manageable chunks.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 2, 2012
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 1.80 MB
  • Publisher: Cedat 85
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: 1.6

For kids who love note-taking and organization

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