I was first introduced to Livescribe Sky wifi smartpen when I attended Evernote Ambassador training in Redwood City, California in November. It never occurred to me that something like the smartpen even existed! Now, I can’t imagine living without one. Below, I share three reasons why everyone could use a Livescribe smartpen.
1) You learn more effectively by writing than typing
Research shows that writing works better than typing in a learning environment. When you write things down, your thoughts are clearer. Something just happens physically that allows you to remember things better. Dr. Virginia Berniger, who studies reading and writing systems and their relationship to learning processes, notes that the difference may live in the fact that with writing, you use your hand to form the letter (and connect them), thereby more actively engaging the brain in the process. Typing, involves just selecting the letter by pressing identical-looking keys.
Source: Why You Learn More Effectively By Writing Than Typing by Melanie Pinola
2) Livescribe Smartpen remembers so you don’t have to
One of my favorite features, and most powerful for sure, is that the Livescribe Smartpen records sound simultaneously while you are taking notes. Genius! So not only do you capture everything in writing, but everything you hear as well! Tap anywhere on your notes to replay the audio from that moment in time. Perfect for classroom settings when you are attending a lecture, or a seminar or conference when you are listening to a keynote speaker.
3) From paper to your digital world
Finally, with the Livescribe Smartpen your recorded notes and audio are sent wirelessly and securely stored in your Evernote account. How cool is that? Finally, an incredibly productive tool has been created to transfrom all of those notes into a digital format, seamlessly and effortlessly. With Evernote’s powerful search capabilities, you can easily find and access notes quickly and anytime on nearly any device!
Here’s an example of how I used my Livescribe Smartpen to mindmap a recent presentation I created.