Assistive Note Taking Solutions

Front-of-the-class lecture remains the primary method of instruction for both collegiate and K-12 institutions, and consequently note taking during lectures remains essential to student academic success. Note taking can be challenging for any student; studies find that students typically record less than 50% of the key information presented in lecture. Students with disabilities such as learning disabilities (LD) in reading or writing, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, and other bona fide barriers that affect information processing (chronic pain, physical impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorders, etc.) find that these issues are exacerbated by the additional needs presented by their conditions.1

Typically, colleges and universities provide note-taking accommodations through an in-class note taker, who may be a volunteer or student who is paid for providing a copy of the class notes. In addition, faculty may provide a copy of their lecture notes to the student in lieu of a peer note taker. Recruiting student note takers can be a tremendous challenge, and payment for notes can be expensive.1

For example, if a college pays note takers $25 per credit for a typical three credit class, it is not uncommon for a college to pay as much as $10,000-$50,000 or more per year on note takers.1 In the current climate of belt-tightening in the education industry, this level of annual costs can be prohibitive, particularly for smaller schools or districts.

The Douglas Stewart Company offers two great solutions to this industry problem:

Sonocent Audio Notetaker, an effective, established learning technology software, is a cost-effective tool that empowers all students to take more effective notes.
Livescribe Pens complement a tablet, laptop or smartphone by making the digital recording of notes even simpler, friendlier, and more accessible.

Connect your customers with these note taking solutions today and help them save on costly note taker programs. Learn more about these solutions below:

Download this white paper from Sonocent to learn more about assistive note taking in general.
Watch this video demonstration of the SkyTM WiFi Smartpen from Livescribe.

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