A Revolutionary Approach to Note-taking Accommodates Students, Saves Schools Money According to New White Paper

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New white paper, researched and written by Disability Services Specialist Scott Ritter, MS, outlines how new study software Sonocent Audio Notetaker is providing an effective accommodation for note-taking to students with learning disabilities, resolving student services challenges, and saving schools money in the process.

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a solution that can help students improve lecture comprehension, reduce anxiety in taking effective notes, and allow schools to accommodate students of all learning differences in a cost-effective manner.

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Sonocent, Ltd (Leeds, UK) announces the publication of Sonocent Audio Notetaker: A Revolutionary New Approach for Notetaking, a white paper researched and written by Scott Ritter, MS. The white paper highlights the current challenges with taking notes in today’s education setting and how Audio Notetaker is a solution that can help students improve lecture comprehension, reduce anxiety in taking effective notes, and allow schools to accommodate students of all learning differences in a cost-effective manner.

The white paper highlights include:

  •     Persistent Retention Challenge: Students typically record less than 50 percent of the key information presented in lecture. Audio Notetaker allows the student to utilize a complete audio recording of the lecture and then create meaning via annotation with text, links, slides, and images.
  •     Increasing Accommodation Demand: Between 1990 and 2008, there has been a 166 percent increase in students with disabilities in general education settings. Traditional note-taking and lecture design creates deficits for students with learning disabilities.
  •     Note-Taker Shortfall: Universities, colleges, and schools struggle with finding good, qualified note-takers to help students and provide consistent study results. Yearly expenditures for pay-for-service note-takers have become an area of concern.
  •     Evidence-Based Solution: A solution that accommodates the student for the critical active learning that occurs during the note-taking process; thinking about the information, sorting it, evaluating importance, and synthesizing with other related course material is needed in today’s education setting.

To view a copy of the white paper, visit: http://downloads.audionotetaker.com/whitepapers/ANewApproachToNoteTaking.pdf.

Audio Notetaker enables students and professionals with learning differences, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, autism, Irlen syndrome, low vision and more to more effectively process and learn information. Audio Notetaker is a study tool that takes an innovative approach to working with information; an approach that utilizes the power of audio recordings for note taking. It combines audio, color highlighting, text, images and presentation slides all into a single, comprehensive workspace. The result: students recall more information, take better notes, and achieve goals through independent study.

For more information on Audio Notetaker, please visit: http://www.sonocent.com/en-us/at.

Scott Ritter earned his MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2003. His work experience includes being a Disability Resource Specialist for 10 years at a large technical college in the Midwest, where his duties included case management as well as coordination of note-taking and alternative media accommodation services. He currently works as the Associate Director of Disability Services at a 4-year university in the Midwest. Scott is also a private AT consultant and presents on Assistive Technology and Self-Advocacy at local and national conferences.

Sonocent, Ltd. started out with a vision to help dyslexic students by offering a completely different approach to note-taking; one which didn't rely on using words at all. Sonocent's Audio Notetaker v1.1 launched in June 2007, and the Sonocent team soon realized they had conceived a solution that could be used by both learners and professionals of all ages.

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