A smart pen is an advanced paper-based computer in the form of a pen that records lectures as you write notes on a special note pad. It synchronizes the audio you hear to what you write, so you never miss a word, allowing you to re-listen to lectures at a later time.
The special note pad is filled with microdots. The dot pattern identifies the specific page and locations on the page of the notes you write, similar to a geographical positioning system (GPS). Therefore, anything you write (words, numbers or drawings) can be stored, recognized, and intelligently responded to the smart pen. The smart pen is a great way to keep students on track in the note-taking process.
Students who are approved for a smart pen as an accommodation through the Office of Disability Services have the ability check out one of two smart pen models made by Livescribe; the Aegir and the Echo. These pens can be signed out for a semester at a time and the student is responsible for purchasing their own Livescribe notebooks, which are available at the Electronic Technology Center in the Smith Student Center. To learn more about the Aegir and Echo Smart Pens, please refer to the Livescribe website or Livescribe's YouTube channel.
Training or assistance with either of the Livescribe Smart Pens can be scheduled by making an appointment with a graduate assistant or professional staff member in the Office of Disability Services.