Recently I heard of a new product called “SmartPen.” It’s manufactured by LiveScribe. As far as I can tell, it is a totally revolutionary product for taking notes. You can write notes into a note book and record the audio of what is happening at the same time. Later, when you click on a word in your written notes, it will replay the audio that was recorded, starting five seconds before the word was written in your notes. So, if you take notes during a lecture, you can instantly play back any part of the lecture that you want by just clicking on a word.
Here is a detailed blog entry from an MIT undergraduate named Michael Snively. He writes: “This pen, hands down, is the most amazing and potentially beneficial note-taking tool I’ve ever seen in my life.”
I haven’t used the product, but plan on buying one for my daughter, who will be starting college this coming fall.