Learn how one educator is using a smartpen to make writing more fun…and hopefully more productive!
I still love to write thing by hand, on paper, in a notebook. Call it a holdover from my days (and nights) spent writing in journals and diaries and notebooks. I always had a notebook and pen with me. I was always writing.
Now I have my iPhone with me, and I tweet a whole lot.
But writing out drafts, or brainstorming, or jotting down ideas, those are activities that I miss doing. What I don’t miss doing in transcribing them, or not having access to them if I don’t happen to have the right notebook (or, more often than not these days, post-it note) with me when I needed it.
For Christmas, I got the Livescribe 3 Pen and Notebook set. The pen connects through Bluetooth to an app in your phone or tablet, and as you write on the special notebook pages, it appears instantaneously in the app. Select snippets of the text, swipe to the right, and it OCRs it as text. With the deluxe starter package, you get a free one-year subscription to Evernote Premium along with your pen and special paper.
It has a number of useful features: you can send the pages to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other cloud-based platforms. And if you don’t have your phone or tablet with you when you are writing, it immediately syncs up the next time you pair the pen with the app. You can also send them as a text message, which means I could, theoretically, tweet from my notebook.
Read the rest of the story at: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/digital-and-analogue-writing-with-livescribe/59763