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Putting note-taking technology to the test: VCU’s students compare LiveScribe and Sonocent
The National Survey of Computing, eLearning and Information Technology recently explored why innovative digital technologies that significantly improve students’ experience, engagement and attainment are often not implemented to their full potential.

Their conclusion? A lack of learning analytics and feedback limits their effectiveness in supporting student success.

Note-taking tools, like LiveScribe and Sonocent Audio Notetaker, are key for fostering stronger student independence compared to using peer notetakers. They give students with different learning challenges and styles a tool to capture, annotate, review and engage with key course information.

If you’re concerned about what note-taking technology to implement and how, you’re not alone. That’s why the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) compared student opinions on note quality, frequency of use and study possibilities for Livescribe and Sonocent.

Learn from Emily Helft, Assistive Technology Specialist, as she explores VCU’s findings on the strengths of each note-taking tool in supporting Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity.

You can then make informed decisions for your institution and implement technology to its full potential.

The session will also include a demonstration of how your students can use note-taking technology to capture and annotate audio in class, then revisit the material at their own pace to create richly detailed notes independently.

Learning Objectives:
- Understand how note-taking technology is effective for increasing student independence.
- Explore how an institution can use student feedback from pilot schemes to inform the implementation of education technology.
- Identify the best note-taking tool to support Disability Services’ accommodations for students with different learning needs.

Apr 25, 2018 3:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Emily Helft
Assistive Technology Specialist @VCU
Emily is a former school psychologist turned assistive technology specialist. She currently works at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Office of Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity. Emily loves to geek out on new technology, as well as apply her psychoeducational assessment background to the exploration of metalearning and the intersection between learning and technology.
Amer Latif
VP of Sales @Sonocent
As Sonocent's VP of sales, Amer has driven the implementation of Sonocent software as a note-taking accommodation and is passionate about the Sonocent mission to help students harness the power of spoken language to study and work better. He has spoken on this subject at major AT conferences, including ATIA and Closing the Gap.