Livescribe Echo Smartpen

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  1. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

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    I received one of these pens for Christmas this year. Apparently it allows a student to record the teacher's lectures while simultaneously taking notes. Then, later, you can use the pen to tap on your notes and it brings back that point in the lecture.

    Sounds like this is a pretty legit tool. I haven't opened it yet though because I almost feel like I have a system for studying/note taking and the system works. Why fix it if it's not broken? Could anyone shed some light on this and it's value at USMA? Would it even be allowed? My parents are really pushing for me to give it a try, but I don't quite know that I would be able to get the max use out of it, simply because I don't know if I would use it enough....

    Anyone tried this?
    Input?


    Demo video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2q8_fR0lTI

    Web site http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/echo/
     
  2. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    If it works half as well as the video makes it out to be then this seems extremely useful. I can't see why you wouldn't be allowed to use it since it is just a pen. If I were you, I would give it a shot because although your system "isn't broken" now, it is currently engineered to work in a high school setting. It may prove useful when you're here by allowing easy organization of notes and letting you share them with classmates who may need them. Ultimately, it seems like the type of product that will be useful depending on the person.

    Let me know how it works out for you as I may get one in the future. :thumb:
     
  3. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    I would hesitate to use any recording or electronic device, in any course either high school or college, without a teacher, professor or instructor's permission.
     
  4. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    IMO our instructor lectures aren't that important. Not that they're not, but the key to success (at least for me) is simply putting in the hours out of class. I highly doubt successful cadets here resort to having to record lectures and refer back to them - it might help but I think its unnecessary. All you have to do is DO THE HOMEWORK, ask questions, and study for tests. Something that I should be doing more often.
     

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