SoundNote formerly called “SoundPaper” is an iPad app by David Estes that makes taking notes in lectures, meetings and interviews easy. There are a lot of note-taking apps for iPads but SoundNote by David Estes has one distinct advantage over some of the other note taking apps available in the market. It has a unique audio recording capability with its rudimentary type entry notes. It currently sells for $4.99.
The interface between notes and sounds is seamless with SoundNote, the note pad on the right pane and a file list on the left. The notepad is complemented with a time counter, a “Record” button and a playback slider.
Features of the app
- Orchestrated audio and note recording
- Fully operational text note function including paste, copy and more
- Pen mode for handwritten notes and drawing
- Instant connection to audio with a tap on the drawing or text
- At playback, notes are highlighted
- Flawless handling of audio disruption such as app exit, phone calls and others
- Ability to send audio and note over WiFi, via email or through iTunes
- Ability to import exported and created AudioNote files through iTunes.
How to use SoundNote
As a student or interviewer takes notes they can record the voice of the teacher using the iPad’s built-in microphone. It follows what is being typed and drawn as it records audio. Students and interviewers will have no worry about failing to take down an important detail. As they playback the recording, all they need to do is tap a word and SoundNote will immediately go to the accurate time in the audio.
Students can also use SoundNote’s great drawing tools if they need to do some sketches. The function is so easy to edit, just tap a drawing to choose a particular drawing then tap twice to choose a specific stroke. Then they can drag it wherever they want it to go. They can erase the drawing by simply tapping “Delete” and scroll and zoom with the use of two fingers.
The audio files recorded by SoundNote can be easily exported to Dropbox. All a student need to do is choose the “open in” arrow button located on the top right corner and select the setup “Email with Audio”. A SoundNote folder will be immediately created within the Public folder of the Dropbox and it splits the audio file in several smaller segments and can be opened with iTunes or VLC player.
How SoundNote is used in schools
The 3rd to 5th grade students of Burr Elementary School in Fairfield, CT used SoundNote(SoundPaper) to take notes and record ideas and information while researching the BP Gulf oil spill in connection with their cross- curricular environmental project called “Oil and Water don’t Mix: Technology based Solutions for a Better World”. Using a chat room app, the students shared and communicated information and asked questions in real-time. Teachers and students across grades and classrooms shared videos photos and documents using Dropbox.
Many teachers see SoundNote as an essential tool that students will be using because of the app’s capability to link their notes with audio and images. For some students the most important memory aids are the graphics and audio connected to their notes found in SoundNote. To sum up, it is a great app for taking lecture notes, documenting a science experiment step-by-step, and recording a presentation.
If you are using this app with your students, feel free to leave us a comment highlighting your experience.