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The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen is a new device that your students may be using to take notes. It records both what is written and what is heard - and then mixes these two streams into what is referred to as a “pencast” (which can then be shared over the Internet). Each smartpen can record between 100-200 hours of audio. The pen is “smart” enough to translate basic text into several languages, as well as basic arithmetic. The Livescribe Pulse can be used to record and share lecture materials.

Useful Links

  • Livescribe - Official site.
  • Penlets - Resources for the Pulse Pen
  • Anoto - Developer of digital pens and dot patterns.
  • Example pencast - Curtis Bonk’s Keynote Presentation from 24th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning (August 5-8, 2008 held in Madison, Wisconsin). “Technology trends opening access to education worldwide: Now, we all can learn!”
  • David Pogue's Livescribe review
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