Alternative ways to make notes and plan pieces of work.
Office Lens is a great way to capture notes and information from whiteboards, menus, signs, handwritten memos, or anything with a lot of text. You don’t need to jot down notes, rely on blurry images, or worry about misplacing anything. It’s great for capturing sketches, drawings and equations too, and even images without text.
Office Lens gets rid of shadows and odd angles, so that images are easier to read. You can upload document and whiteboard images to Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and you can save them as PDFs or send them in email.
Notetaking and organisation software from Microsoft. The program emulates a folder structure using notebooks, dividers and pages, which you can colour code and annotate. You can add pictures, photographs, organise your notes and add drawings. It is possible to add audio recordings and some versions of the software will record live into a OneNote notebook. Links with Word and is part of Office 365 which is available to all Plymouth students. The software also has a web clipper which works in most browsers. This allows you to clip and send useful information from the web direct to a OneNote notebook. Download from Microsoft.
Glean A note taking tool which is designed to improve your learning and productivity. It allows you to combine audio recordings with multimedia notes – you can:
We hold a limited number of licences for Glean and grant access by application to those who have declared a disability to us – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Download from Glean.co
Apple's Notes app is already on your iPad, iPhone and Mac. A recent update has added several drawing tools and a ruler function.Links to web pages, maps and documents can also be added to notes. Photographs can be included as well as audio notes. This voice recognition function is available if there is an internet connection. The iPhone / iPad version uses Apple's online servers to convert your speech to text. The Mac version can use offline enhanced dictation to create text to speech in a note. Syncronises across devices using iCloud, although notes can be stored locally on the computer or device if preferred.
Cogi is a little different to the usual audio recording app. While working, the software keeps the last few moments of audio (up to 45 seconds) in the memory of your phone. When someone says something you wish to capture, tap the highlight button and the program backs up to record and save what was just said. This way you don't miss important information, and you can also concentrate on listening to the speaker, or make other notes. You can also add notes and pictures to recordings afterwards. The software is primarily designed for phones, but can be used on iPads. Very basic features of app are free, but additional features can be paid for if required. From Apple App store.
Voice Memos, iPhone / iPod Touch
Apple's own voice recording app is included on your iPhone or iPod touch. It is not installed on iPads.The app can be used on its own or with an external microphone for better recordings. The length of recording is only limited by your device storage.