I know you know what I’m talking about.
My house is no exception. Ahem. So I started looking at gadgets which can take note taking and basically automate it.
One of the smartest solutions I’ve seen is a smartpen by Livescribe called Echo.
The Echo essentially captures written notes and drawings on special “dot
paper” notepads and turns it into typewriting. Sounds like crazy sci-fi stuff, right? It gets better–the pen has a built-in microphone and speakers too. And when the smartpen is docked to a Mac or PC, the
audio and notes can be transferred to computers, email, or even your Facebook page.
This is serious coolness: Words within the notes can be searched, and apps like the American Heritage Dictionary can be loaded and displayed on a high contrast screen appearing right on the smartpen. Kids can even use the audio function to tape lectures while taking notes, if they’re old enough that you can trust them not to lose it.
I really love the idea that a parent headed on a business trip can leave audio reminders for a caregiver, like Make sure cellphones are turned off during homework time or homework time turns into texting time. Or is that just in our house?
The Echo smartpen starts at around $129.95 for 2GB (up to 200 hours) of
memory storage, which isn’t cheap, so this is definitely one for the tech families who really rely on their computers for organization. You can trade up to a 4GB or 8GB model, if you think you’re going to do a lot of audio recording.
Paging all homeschooling moms. I think this is an investment worth looking into. –Beth