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Note-taking Apps

Note-taking apps are aimed primarily at students who struggle with the traditional listen-and-write note-taking method. They offer alternative means to record and highlight topics, from images, audio recording and dictation, categorizing and document annotation.

Sonocent

Sonocent Audio Notetaker is note-taking software for Windows and Mac, with a free companion app for mobile. Sonocent is aimed toward college students and the software also promotes a more accessible way to take notes for students with disabilities. A key difference between Sonocent and other note-taking solutions is that Sonocent records all the audio to your device, splitting the recordings automatically when a pause is detected. The student is able to highlight key points during the recording for later reference. Students can add slides, diagrams, and written notes to the dashboard in their own time. Individual and institutional licenses are available.

Notability

The Notability iOS mobile app combines handwriting, photos, audio recordings, and typing into a single note-taking platform, and provides a range of sketching and note-taking tools. Once notes are finalized, they are easy to share via email, Google Drive, Dropbox, or AirDrop. The app also allows students to make notes on and annotate PDF files. The paid app is only available on Apple devices.

Evernote

Evernote is a note-taking platform for the collection of notes, files, photos, screengrabs, checklists, and voice memos on one platform. Evernote is available on desktop and mobile, so students can access their notes from any device and organize them by tags and/or categories.

Evernote Basic, which includes these standard functions, is free. Evernote Premium is a paid subscription which allows the user to forward emails to their Evernote account, digitizes business cards and PDFs, allows PDF annotation and integrates with the student’s email. Evernote Business is a paid subscription aimed at collaborating with business teams, and offers more advanced sharing and cross-editing functions. Evernote is aimed at working adults and students.

Notetalker

Notetalker is a mobile app for audio-recording notes. Notetalker allows the user to save color-coded bookmarks such as text, photos, and screengrabs, or scribble pad notes alongside audio recordings. Notetalker’s partner software, Notetalker Edit, for Mac and Windows, allows the user to further customize their notes and create a visual sync between notes and audio recordings.

Notetalker is aimed at students (both K-12 and college) and professionals. It allows individuals to create notes using visual and audio cues that work best for their study habits.

Notetalker is available as a paid mobile app for Android, iPhone and iPad, with in-app purchases. Notetalker Edit is paid desktop software. The developers offer a free disability services professional copy of Notetalker and Notetalker Edit.

OneNote

Microsoft OneNote acts as a digital notebook allowing the student to categorize notes into different sections and topics. Microsoft OneNote syncs across mobile and desktop devices, in addition to allowing easy sharing between users. Students can add mixed media (audio, video, images, etc.) to their notes, in addition to highlighting and annotations. OneNote is aimed toward educators and professionals. It is sold with the Microsoft software bundle Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium.