Livescribe Pen: To Buy or Not to Buy - page 2

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The concept of the Livescribe pen is amazing. The price = Not so amazing. For those who are not yet familiar: What is a Livescribe pen? Basically it is a pen/recorder in one. There's a special paper that you write on as... Read More


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    I got one last semester during my physiology pre-req (I had previously been using a plain recorder) and it is amazing. I am set to be starting my program in January and was actually curious if anyone was using one!! What I found difficult with the regular recorder, to cue up to a certain point where I jotted my notes, was made possible with the pen. How I made it work for me: Powerpoints and the notebook laid out on my desk, refer to slide numbers on the notebook so during playback I would know EXACTLY which slide my doodles and notes corresponded to. Worked like a charm. It was also great to be able to upload the entire recording to google docs and be able to access it at any time from any place. Once uploaded, and if you are listening to the recording, the ink changes color on the digital document to correspond the order in which your notes are taken; great if you are jumping around. I sometimes have a hard time trying to figure out why did I write that down! As far as supplies, amazon has great deals on the products.

    Now will this work for me once my program starts.... we'll find out!!
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    I used the livescribe pen throughout nursing school (I am about to graduate in December) and absolutely love it! I would highly recommend buying it. I find it very helpful to listen to the lectures before tests. I have had mine for 4+ years and it's still kicking!
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    you can also consider getting a refurbished one from livescribe.com for much cheaper. I paid $100 for the 8 gb Echo. You can also print up a notepad from the livescribe desktop.
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    I bought my live scribe pen when I was working on my biology undergrad-- my grades went from struggling C's to high B's and A's. I honestly wish I had bought mine earlier (I got it on clearance at Target for $50!!)I use it to record lectures and write in the notebooks in class. Then when I get home I listen to my lecture/look at the notebook on my computer & rewrite my notes in a different notebook with a regular pen-- rewriting them allows the opportunity to cement the material more and organize your notes if your instructor didn't present them in an organized fashion. When you listen to your lectures again you'll be amazed how much material you missed the first time. Contact me if you have more questions about live scribe.
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    Quote from Mmnort
    I bought my live scribe pen when I was working on my biology undergrad-- my grades went from struggling C's to high B's and A's. I honestly wish I had bought mine earlier (I got it on clearance at Target for $50!!)I use it to record lectures and write in the notebooks in class. Then when I get home I listen to my lecture/look at the notebook on my computer & rewrite my notes in a different notebook with a regular pen-- rewriting them allows the opportunity to cement the material more and organize your notes if your instructor didn't present them in an organized fashion. When you listen to your lectures again you'll be amazed how much material you missed the first time. Contact me if you have more questions about live scribe.
    I know with some classes teachers make slides that you can print out and write on. Would the livescribe pen be able to record what I write on any sheet of paper?
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    @mayahp22 you can only use the livescribe paper to sync the recording with your writing
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    Quote from mayahp22

    I know with some classes teachers make slides that you can print out and write on. Would the livescribe pen be able to record what I write on any sheet of paper?
    Our professors make our pps fill in the blank (to make sure we come to class even though it isn't required) so I write all notes on the powerpoints or everything is too spread out and I'd have to condense it anyway. The audio recording function would still be useful but not for $200.
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    Quote from TheAmazingMrsA
    Before you buy make 100% sure you can record lectures. My school allows recording EXCEPT for the nursing program. In all of my nursing classes recording buys you a one way ticket out of the program. They have the rule due to professors sharing personal stories that could be HIPAA violations if recorded. So... be totally sure!
    They shouldn't be giving enough details to constitute HIPAA violations regardless. Your faculty can say, "I took care of a man with hepatitis with these symptoms.... and this is what we did for him." They can say, "I made this horrible medication error which resulted in a patient adverse outcome" as a cautionary tale without identifying details. They can't say, "in October 2002 I was working at City Hospital on Harrison 5 and had a guy who was a cook at the Blue Moon Cafe on Main Street and gave hepatitis to half the regulars." That's a violation because the patient could be found with that info. They can't say, "The patient was a 76-year-old woman admitted by Dr. Smith from Lily Pond SNF with a bowel obstruction." That patient can be identified.

    Recording has nothing to do with it. The only thing that counts is that identifying data is not revealed to anyone who has no bona fide need to know it, including in an educational context. Sounds like an urban legend to me.
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    Thanks everyone
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    You can print live scribe paper if you have a laser printer-- so in theory you could print your paper, and then print your PowerPoint onto the paper.


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