Students and adults in the workforce alike with attention deficit disorder have trouble staying on task. Focus is often disrupted by anything from someone clearing their throat to the person walking into the room late. Along comes an interesting device by Lifescribe, the Echo Smart Pen (see the video below).
The Echo Smart pen allows audio recording while keeping track of notes that the student is taking. It’s a great way to review materials after a lecture or that important board meeting. While I wouldn’t suggest this for children in grammar school because of the price; it may be the perfect gift for more responsible high school and college kids.
I’ve used this during intense neurology lectures and found it invaluable when the instructor is moving at a quick clip through intense material.
Another neat little trick is to blend this technology with mind mapping software which allows you to solidify concepts and retain information better. Mind mapping helps you wrap your mind around difficult concepts by placing thoughts/ideas together in groups. Seeing how these ideas interrelate can not only help retention but also see the bigger picture. iThoughts and Mindnode both get high ratings online. I personally use Mindnote (free version) for the Mac. In my opinion you don’t need to spend the extra money for the paid version.