Taking notes in lectures is difficult. Trying to understand complex, unfamiliar information while simultaneously capturing all the important points in writing is a challenge for any student.
But for students with disabilities that affect writing, organisation and working memory, taking effective written notes is beyond difficult – it’s a major barrier to learning.
In a recent study, when asked what problems they encounter at university, 95% of students with dyslexia said note taking - more than any other academic requirement (Webster D.M., 2016).
In an education system where most instruction is imparted orally, ineffective note taking is a major handicap. The research is unequivocal: students who take better notes get better grades (Titsworth, 2004).
Sonocent Audio Notetaker for Windows and Mac provides a solution to the note-taking conundrum by enabling students to break the process down into steps that are more manageable.
First, students record their lectures into the software and highlight key moments as they listen with the software’s pioneering speech-visualisation technology. Uniquely, the software visualises each phrase of recorded speech as a coloured chunk, which are easy to edit and navigate.
After the lecture, the student can go straight back to those key moments and take the summaries that will form their notes. In addition, they can add slides, images and reference material alongside their audio to create multimedia study resources.
Once the student is done, they can utilise their Audio Notetaker projects for essay composition and revision, with options to take transcriptions or export selected audio, text and images into other file formats, such as text documents or MP3 albums.
The software also offers compatibility with other learning technology, including Dragon Naturally Speaking, ClaroRead and TextHelp's Read&Write, to create a completelyaccessible study solution.
Since the release of Audio Notetaker Version 1 in 2007, over 110,000 students have used the software to take better notes. In recognition of the difference it makes to learning outcomes, it received a Bett Award in 2015 and an ERA Award in 2014.