5 Cool School Tools

#2 - Note-taking Gadgets

Pencil and paper will never go out of style for taking notes. But for the techie students out there who want to get the most out of their note-taking capabilities, Smartpens are neat and relatively inexpensive at around $150. LiveScribe's Pulse Smartpen writes on specialized paper that digitally records what you're writing and where on the page. At the same time, the pen can also capture audio, which means that a student can take notes and record the lecture at the same time. When it comes time for studying, the Smartpen hooks into in a computer to download all of the notes into one source. That way, students can place the Smartpen on notes on the specialized paper to hear the corresponding audio.

If your student doesn't require that much tech magic, the FLY Fusion Pentop Computer from Leap Frog also digitally records what a student writes. The writing device then converts the written notes into digital documents. Like the LiveScribe Smartpen, Pentop also requires specialized paper. Since the Pentop doesn't save audio, there are many discreet mP3 recording devices and audio recording add-ons for iPods that can fulfill that function