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Broadcast 38: 21st Century Note Taking with the Livescribe Smartpen

Some months ago, I talked about assistive technologies that are helpful for people with dyslexia. Recently, one of our advisors alerted us to an exciting new tool for note-taking: the Livescribe smartpen.

The idea of this clever little device is that a student (or someone attending a meeting) can record what’s being said and take some notes that are linked to the recording. Easy playback and easy transfer to computer files allow information to be reviewed, stored and shared with a tap or a click. The pen has a robust amount of memory and comes packaged with essential software.


For dyslexic students (and adults), this means less struggling with note-taking and better focus on what’s being said, with plenty of time to review later on. Instead of relying on a single source of review — for example, a tape recording or written notes — the student has dual sources that are linked together.

picture of Janet Sankar, Director of Professional Services at LivescribeJanet Sankar, Director of Professional Services at Livescribe, joined us to discuss how the Livescribe smartpen helps people with language processing problems such as dyslexia and dysgraphia improve their note-taking skills. The Livescribe smartpen allows users to synchronize notes and drawings with an audio recording of a lecture. Students can easily replay what the teacher was saying at different points within their notes.

Janet began her career in elementary education. She later completed her Master’s Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Instruction with a certification in Reading. Janet has additional experience as a media specialist and has worked with technology tools for the last 16 years.

The recording of this webinar can be viewed below:


Additional Resources

Here are some of the links participants requested during our LIVE broadcast:

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Live Broadcast 37: Math-U-See for Struggling Readers and Writers

Steve Demme, Author and Founder of Math-U-See joined us to discuss what makes Math-U-See effective for struggling readers and writers.

Steve is a former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public and private schools. Steve’s goal with Math-U-See is to help produce confident problem solvers who enjoy the study of math.

Homeschool families considering math curricula for their struggling readers and writers as well as other families interested in helping their children with math will enjoy this engaging webinar.

Broadcast 36: Creating High Quality Instruction in Teaching Reading

picture of Elisabeth LiptakElisabeth (Liz) Liptak is the Professional Services Director for the International Dyslexia Association, and joined us to discuss the IDA’s Knowledge & Practice Standards. She talked about how the IDA Standards can help teachers and parents recognize what to look for in high-quality reading instruction and how parents can get the help they need for their children who struggle with reading, spelling, and writing.

The IDA Standards serve as a guide to teachers and parents for selecting effective programs and methods for teaching children with dyslexia. Liz Liptak discussed how the Standards guide effective instruction, what teachers and clinicians need to know and be able to do to deliver effective intervention. The Standards provide guidance in the use of structured literacy in an intervention program. An effective program provides daily, structured practice in the following areas:

1. Phonology
2. Phonics and Word Study
3. Fluent, Automatic Reading of Text
4. Vocabulary
5. Text Comprehension
6. Handwriting, Spelling, Written Expression

Liz Liptak was formerly the Executive Director of the Washington Literacy Council, a community-based direct service program in Washington DC that served struggling adult readers and younger children. Liz also worked for two years on a reading research project at the Krasnow Institute, which was funded by the Department of Education. Liz has been a reading tutor since 1989, most recently in the DC Public Schools. Liz works closely with the IDA Board’s Standards and Practices Committee.

Click here to download the presentation for this Live Broadcast in pdf format.