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Special Needs and Learning Difficulties

What technology is available to help teens take notes in school?

Depending on the needs of your teen, you can choose from a variety of apps to address specific scenarios. Some apps record audio, some work with a stylus, and some provide organization features, too. Check out free demos to see which app suits your teen best before you buy one, and check YouTube for video tutorials on how best to use the app. Here are a few of the best apps:

  • SoundNote and AudioNote are beneficial for kids with auditory-processing or expressive language issues, because they record audio while you take notes or draw.
  • Notability allows kids to take notes by typing or using a stylus and will record at the same time. 
  • Evernote, Inspiration Maps, and Popplet can benefit visual learners because they graphically organize your notes and related materials.

Vicki Windman contributed to this article.

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Adult written by Tvermeer

Google Chrome has add-ons like Read&Write. A student can open a Google document for each class where lectures are the primary delivery method of information. Then they can use the speech to text option to have the teacher's words recorded in the Google doc. Proximity to the instructor is necessary. Also teachers, can use closed captioning to capture their lecture if they use Google slides during a presentation or lecture.
Parent written by Carbar40

I was discussing the idea with my son about using the recording setting on his iPod touch to record class notes- but wonder if there is some way it could be done easier or so that it is not just an audio recording. Also wonder if anyone uses cowriter universal with one of these other apps to quickly take notes or if the programs end up causing one or the other to "crash" when used in unison
Adult written by Jsivaches

I despise writing of all kinds and will avoid it whenever possible; I still do. You could go with recording or whatever, but the teachers (middle - high school) might be nice enough to give them a print of the notes if it's presented electronically. That's what I got in school. It might have helped that I have autism but idk.