Tech tip: taking notes for work

Pen Paper ComputerYou’re an expert classroom note taker and have a great system to prepare for finals.  But you’ve likely found that you need a different set of note taking skills for work, one that’s more focused and simplified than what you used in class.

In a recent post from Attorney at Work, five lawyers talked about their favorite note taking apps and tips.  Surprisingly, many of these tech-focused attorneys admitted that they prefer pen and paper – but with a twist.  Some scanned their paper notes with their phones using apps like Evernote.  Others took handwritten notes on paper with a “smart pen” called LiveScribe, then later used an app on their phones to translate their handwriting into typed text.

The five lawyers offer a lot of great advice – but there is one suggestion that you should be cautious about.  One attorney mentioned that she likes to use LiveScribe and her smartphone to create audio recordings of her meetings.  When recording audio, however, keep in mind that some states have laws that require the consent of everyone present.  It’s also worth mentioning that audio recordings can be considered an invasion of privacy any time.  If you want to make an audio recording during a meeting, be sure to ask first.

Image by Pete O’Shea

About Debbie Ginsberg

Debbie is the Educational Technology Librarian at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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One Response to Tech tip: taking notes for work

  1. Anil Reddy says:

    Informative post.

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