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Amazing headphones with built-in microphone and one input/output jack for laptop or iPad via @fpgina

Gina Marcel (@fpgina) told me to test the new headphones she bought for the K-2 division at The School at Columbia University. They are the Universal Multimedia Headset with Microphone made by Gear Head. After playing around with them, I agree that they are truly amazing and useful. Up until now, I’d been buying USB headphones for the kids to use with their laptops. These are way better as they have a universal 3.5mm jack for input/output so they can be used on our iPads and other devices as well as our laptops. Also, the package comes with an adapter and connector if you really need that kind of thing. Thanks, Gina!

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ShowMe, AudioNote, LiveNotes, Whiteboard are iPad apps for notetaking, recording, sharing.

I recently read a blog post from Tech & Learning by David Kapuler (@dkapuler) about Top 10 Sites for Note Taking. While Evernote and Livescribe were absent from the list, it was still an interesting read.

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been talking with math teachers, English teachers, Spanish teachers, and members of the Technology Department (Andrew Gardner @agardnahh, Gina Marcel @fpgina, Don Buckley @donbuckley) about various tools and iPad apps that would be helpful with recording kids voices, taking notes, offering alternative assessments, populating a digital archive of student work, and moving towards a flipped classroom model similar to the Khan Academy. (See my last post about Livescribe and Smartpens in the math classroom…)

Below are some iPad apps I am encouraging teachers to use specifically to record audio, text, and handwriting. Please feel free to share more!


San Kim (@SanKim) came to our school yesterday afternoon to show us ShowMe (@ShowMeApp)! It is still in Beta, though may be in the App Store in a month. You can apply to be a beta tester on the site.

Pros: Free, records audio, can import an image to the background, has 6 pen colors to choose from, uploads to a shared space, saved files are embeddable

Cons: Does not [yet] have a slider to move the play head back and forth, does not allow you to click on the drawings to hear the audio synced with that moment


Pros: Lite version is free, records audio, incoporates a notepad where notes are input via iPad keyboard or a pen tool, syncs audio with text/drawings and vice versa, scrolls down for a longer page of notes, timestamps your notes

Cons: Premium version is $4.99 and is needed to send recordings via email or a network connection, no choice of pen colors, cannot import a background image

Live Notes

Pros: Lite version records audio, incoporates a notepad where notes are input via iPad keyboard or a pen tool, different paper styles, shapes tool, syncs audio with text/drawings and vice versa, multiple pen colors and widths, multiple pages

Cons: Premium version is $5.99 and is needed for DropBox integration, sending/printing notes via email, Lite version is limited to 3 Notes that are each 5 pages maximum and there are ads


Pros: Lite version is free, multiple pen colors and widths, can create collaborative drawings with another machine over local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth peer-to-peer

Cons: Pro version is $2.99, HD version is $3.99 and either is needed to import a picture as a background image, cannot record audio at all

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