I’d like to thank Roger Tucker of Sonocent for his guest article on Audio Notetaker. I’ve used Audio Notetaker for a couple of years now, since it was released and found it to be a useful tool for dyslexic learners – although it would benefit all learners!

Introduction

If you’ve ever tried recording a lecture or seminar, you’ll know what a painful process it is to go back through the audio afterwards. It’s OK if you just listen from beginning to end whilst in your car or cooking the tea, but if you want to be in control of the listening process its nigh-on impossible.

Not anymore, thanks to Audio Notetaker from Sonocent. This is a software package designed to make listening back to audio easy and even fun. It does this by turning spoken phrases into a series of blue bars which you can navigate, edit and colour. More than this you can structure the audio into paragraph-like sections using the Enter key, like you would text.

More than a tool for just listening to audio

But Audio Notetaker isn’t just a tool for listening to audio. It’s a multi-media note-taking tool. You can add written notes and if you have access to the PowerPoint of your lecture, you can add that in too.

Sounds like all that’s a lot of work to do for each lecture? Nope. For an hour’s lecture it takes about 15 minutes to add some structure, type brief notes summarising each section and add the PowerPoint if you have it. All good re-enforcement of the lecture material, but if you don’t want to spend even that time, you can take your laptop into the lecture and add the structure and brief notes as you listen.

Audio Notetaker for revision

The real benefit comes when you have to revisit the material for assignments or at exam time. Whilst everyone else is trying to decipher their notes, you can “re-create the lecture theatre in your room”, as one student put it. Except this time you only need to listen to the useful bits!

You can download a free trial version from audionotetaker.com, and there is a YouTube channel with some useful videos at audionotetaker.com/youtube.

Contact

If you’d like to find out more then get in touch with Roger at: [email protected]

If you would like to contribute to the e-inclusion blog, e.g., write a guest article or highlight new software to support inclusion, then please let me know.