Technology for Accommodations: Notetaking

Students who are approved for notetaking accommodations have a number of options for how to receive their accommodations. Different options may be preferable based on the student’s learning style, the nature of the courses, the nature of the student’s disability, or the student’s previous experience. Students should work with their disability service provider (DSP) to determine which type of notetaking accommodation would work best for them. If the student is interested in a technology-based notetaking method, the CSDTech Team will meet with the student to provide the necessary materials as well as training to help the student succeed in adopting their new notetaking strategy and ongoing support throughout the semester. The video below summarizes the available options for notetaking accommodations.



Technology Based Note-Taking Options

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Livescribe Echo Smartpen


The Echo Smartpen is used to take notes in class while recording the lecture. The audio is synced with the notes as they’re being written. The user can tap notes with their pen to hear the audio that corresponds to that section of notes. The synced audio and notes can be transferred to the user’s computer, where they can listen to the audio by section, sort and save notes, and search for specific words in the handwritten notes.

We have several of these smartpens available for students to borrow as an accommodation.



Livescribe 3 Smartpen


Similar to the Echo Smartpen, the Livescribe 3 syncs notes with the recording of the lecture. However, this smartpen connects to an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet via Bluetooth® wireless connection. The audio is captured by the device’s microphone, rather than by the pen. Notes are instantly synced to the device and are available in the app or on the user’s computer. The app is able to convert handwritten notes into typed text, which is synced with the audio as well. The Livescribe 3 Smartpen can be used with any Android device running Android OS v4.4.2 or newer with support for Bluetooth Smart or iOS devices running iOS 7 or newer with support for Bluetooth Smart.

We have a number of Livescribe 3 Smartpens available for students who have their own compatible device and are approved for notetaking accommodations.


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Notetaking Express


Notetaking Express is a notetaking service that makes notes out of a recording of a lecture. If you choose to use this option, we’ll make you an account with Notetaking Express, to which you’ll upload recordings of the lecture. When we make your account, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to receive your notes within 24 hours. Recordings are listened to by a professional notetaker, who then uploads their notes to your account for you to review.

You can make recordings on your phone, computer, or on a recording device. If you don’t have a recording device, you can borrow one from CSDTech.


Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Sonocent Audio Notetaker


Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a software designed to help students improve their notetaking/studying abilities. This software has some features that could benefit you inside and outside of the classroom, such as: linking your PowerPoint slides with recordings to help break down lectures, color-coding important audio clips for a more efficient review process, and extracting important slides and important recordings for more effective exam preparation.


Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is a software that gathers notes, drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries. The notes can be typed or written using a tablet, and can also include tables, charts, and equations. This program allows different notebooks to be created, with different sections and pages within each notebook, to allow notes to be organized in a personalized way. OneNote is a program that is part of the Microsoft Office Suite, which can be installed for free through the University of Connecticut.