AudioNote

AudionoteYesterday at #rscinspire13 Chris Barber introduced his audience to the AudioNote app which I immediately downloaded and am really excited about trying. The software seems to be exactly what I’ve been missing – an application that can cope with audio and visual note talking whilst cross referencing and sychronising both at the same time.

Here is the official description from the app store:

By synchronizing notes and audio, AudioNote automatically indexes your meetings, lectures, interviews, or study sessions. Need to review the discussion about deliverables on your next project? Trying to remember what the professor had to say about a key point? With AudioNote there is no need to waste time searching through the entire recording to find out. Each note acts as a link directly to the point at which it was recorded, taking you instantly to what you want to hear. Didn’t take any notes during the meeting? No problem, you can add them later.

The reason I’m so excited about this app is because as a student I’ve been using Audio Notetaker for the last few years and have found it to be a life saver. As a dyslexic my short term memory is almost non-existent and I really struggle to take written notes whilst listening at the same time which results in a lot of information being lost. The Audio Notetaker software has helped considerably this with as I can create audio and typed notes at the same time whilst cross referencing these with each other and the lecture slides. I can also highlight important areas of the audio notes for example when a tutor is talking about an assignment brief so the information is easy to find when being referred to later. Although the AudioNote app has a lot less features than the Audio Noter which is a pc based lsoftware the app looks like it will be perfect for work purposes as I don’t need the additional features on a regular basis and I do prefer to carry my iPad rather than my laptop.

The features that I particularly like about the app are:

  • The synchronisation of the audio and visual notes
  • The ability to create bookmarks throughout the audio recording to highlight important points for easy referencing
  • A yellow background can be used instead of white – I suffer from colour sensitivity which makes white backgrounds too bright for my eyes

Screen Shot Audio Note

 

***************Update*****************

I tested the app during a staff meeting and it lived up to my high expectations! The app was really easy to use and I now have a comprehensive set of notes that are easy to navigate. When I click on the typed notes the audio that was being recorded at that time starts to play so I don’t have to waste time manually searching. i’m really impressed.

 

JISC Y/H Summer Conference 2013 #rscinspire13

Today wasn’t like a normal Wednesday, I didn’t get up at 6, I didn’t eat breakfast in the car and I didn’t drive to Derby. Instead I had a lie in, caught the train to Leeds and almost had a heart attack as I undertook the nerve raking task of delivering my first conference presentation.

I was delivering a session ar the JISC Yorkshire and Humber summer conference on ‘how to use interactive posters to engage learners’. My presentation explored how I had use ThinkLink with students in my previous role at Barnsley College.

Feeling rather unlucky my session turned out to be extremely popular and was fully booked before the day of the conference. When my session started they even had to turn people away at the door! Nervously I explained to the participants that this was my first time presenting and that they had to be kind to me. They certainly were as at the end of the session when they they filled out the JISC feedback form and I received two oks, 1 very good and 21 excellent marks!!! I couldn’t believe it. Being my own worse critic I though I thought it was awful as I didn’t feel overly confident or prepared.

During the session I gave a brief overview of ThingLink, demonstrated how to create a interactive poster using the software, discussed how I’d used the software in my lessons and then I worked with the audience to create a bank of lesson ideas. Below are the ppt slides from my presentation as well as a screen print of the lessons ideas that were generated.

ThingLink lesson ideas

Ideas for using ThingLink for teaching and learning

I was asked during the session if ThinkLink posters can be embedded into Moodle and the answer is yes. Once you’ve saved your image click on the embed button on the right hand side and a code will appear. Copy and paste this code onto your Moodle page and once published your poster will appear.

Below are a few ideas for using ThinkLink with Moodle:

  • Create an introduction to the module
  • Introduce yourself
  • Highlight key words and definitions
  • Introduce the equipment you will be using and highlight health and safety
  • Post homework task

If you are interested in using ThingLink  with your students you can download an information poster and how to guide that I created here. To help you generate your own ideas there is also a google docs site that already contains over 60 ideas for using ThinkLink in education – link.