A very useful app; that can enable a student to concentrate on a teacher lecturing, without being distracted by taking notes, whilst listening.
A useful app; which can be used by the student in class, with a directional microphone, to record a teacher lecture, the application can be used on an iPhone or Android device, the recording can then be uploaded to your iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox. Once the recording is saved you can then use NoteTalkerEdit to attach your own summary notes to the file, thus helping you to reflect further on the lecture. The app has particular advantages for students with hearing impairment and or specific learning needs.
Downloading the app is very straightforward and you are soon into the start screen. The ‘New Note’ screen is uncluttered and directs you intuitively to the large circular microphone and speaker icon, which, when touched immediately starts recording, denoted by the timer above the icon which has now conveniently changed to a large pause button. When you have finished recording you have the option to adjust the quality of the sound with a number of sliders across a pitch range i.e. you can cut out the background noise! The final option, when you have adjusted the sound, is to save the file by touching the ‘Tick’ icon which reveals a simple, but effective, pop up menu where you can name the file and store in pre-set folders or create your own folder.
The recording completed and saved is only a part of the picture, when recording a lecture you have an option to take a photograph, which could be a presenters slide, which will attach to the audio note, you can also add a bookmark to a section of the lecture that has special significance. The bookmark is an important feature because it will provide you with a point in the NoteTalkerEdit app to type in your own notes on the particular concept that you need to reinforce or reflect on, it can also be played back by accessing the bookmark lists on the app.
The settings menu provides you with three options: ‘Select Audio Quality’, ‘Select Audio Format’ and ‘DropBox Status’. The Select Audio Quality section provides you with the ability to select from CD quality, High quality, Medium quality or Low quality, a useful addition is an indication of the minutes that are available to carry out your recording, obviously, the higher the quality, the less time you have available. The Select Audio Format section has two choices ‘WAV’ or ‘MP4’ again a useful selection for people who have a limited space and want to use MP4 format. The last choice, DropBox Status is a great idea, because with a free account you can ensure that your files are stored for access to a number of different devices and in particular your laptop or desktop where you can edit the audio note in NoteTalkerEdit.
The online tutorial is basic, but is entirely adequate because of the intuitive design of the app, further help is available on YouTube with a useful selection of help guides. The Conversor directional microphone is a handy addition, which is easily plugged into your phone and can be pointed directly at the teacher whilst delivering the lecture.
Notetalker is an excellent addition to the toolbox of any student wishing to get the most out of a teacher lecture, providing you with an audio record of the talk, that can highlight the main points through bookmarks and store pictures of the presenters slides to reinforce or clarify understanding.
From the Developer
Notetalker by Conversor is a high quality recording App designed for students in schools, colleges and Universities. It has unlimited bookmarks enabling the user to record and then scroll between bookmarks during playback for easier note-taking recall. You can also take photographs during the lecture and export these with the associated audio and bookmark files.
Audio and bookmark files can be uploaded to a number of note-taking management programs for subsequent playback, editing and further study.
- Up to 100 hours recording depending on your device
- Unlimited bookmarks for easy playback, editing and analysis
- 4 different quality settings
- WAV and MP4 file formats
- Tuner/Graphic equaliser
- Take photographs while recording, store and export with audio and bookmark files
- Simple PC style filing system for easy retrieval of recordings
- Easy manipulation of files and folders just like on your PC
- Export files via Dropbox or iCloud Drive to your PC
- Listen and record at the same time
- Black background lighting option for use in darkened lecture halls or classrooms
- Upload to your Windows or Mac PC and use with Notetalker Edit to make your detailed notes, add, delete or move your photographs.