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Livescribe Sound Stickers – Applications

April 1st, 2013 Tim Fahlberg, Education Sales Team Comments off

Updated on 4/1/2013: The new Livescribe Sky smartpens come with the Sound Stickers app built in. You’ll still need to purchase Sound Stickers from the Livescribe Store ($25 for 1,000).

Today’s post and videos were inspired by Dr. Brian Friedlander’s post “Livescribe Releases Sound Stickers App” in his “Assistive Technology” blog.

Livescribe Sound Stickers are small stickers for recording and playing back audio notes.

You can use them to add recorded audio to

  • Make interactive flash cards, study guides, and talking books
  • Record audio instructions or fluency assessments
  • Create annotated art projects and oral reports
  • Create talking tests or worksheets without having to copy them onto dot paper

More information is below the YouTube videos

5 – Talking Word Wall (with translatable closed captions

Read more… Livescribe Sound Stickers – Applications

How to Record and Share a Pencast (Updated – Windows + Mac)

This updated version of a previous post includes new videos for both Windows and Mac.

Windows and Mac users:
Part 1 of 2: Creating pencast using Livescribe Echo smartpen and Flip Notepad
If YouTube is blocked then try this link: (opens in new window/tab)

Part 2 of 2: For Windows users: Sharing Pencast Online & Viewing it
Video also shows how to hide the previewing of ink
If YouTube is blocked then try this link: (opens in new window/tab)

Step by Step Instructions (for Windows)

  1. Turn on smartpen
  2. Write problem with smartpen on dot paper
  3. Tap Record button on bottom of page
  4. Solve problem with writing and voice explanation
  5. Tap Stop button
  6. Dock smartpen to sync with Livescribe Desktop
  7. Find page with pencast (look for black – static ink and green – dynamic ink)
  8. In Pages View, click a page’s active ink to activate a session. This action will open the Session tab and will start the session playback in the Central Viewing Pane.
  9. Click the Share button, then Session …, then with Online Community (Upload) …
  10. Name your pencast, click Share button.
  11. You should receive a notice that your pencast has uploaded successfully
  12. Click Livescribe Online button
  13. Click the “Make this file public” link on the left
  14. Click “Get a link to this file” or “Embed this file”
  15. Copy link or embed code to clipboard (you’ll have to select it and then press Ctrl-C on keyboard for Windows)
  16. Paste link into blog, wiki, web page, or email

Part 2 of 2: For Mac users: Sharing Pencast Online

Link to video on (opens in new window/tab)

Replacing Overheads with Livescribe

By: Sue Glascoe, Math Instructor at Mesa Community College

I had the privilege of giving a workshop to several of my colleagues a few weeks ago on how to use the Livescribe Pulse smartpen to write and upload math examples for students to view outside of class.   Teri Graham, one of the adjunct instructors who attended the workshop, contacted me recently to help her do a pencast for the micro-teach portion of her interview (she is applying for a full-time position).

Teri had the most amazing idea; a way to use the pen that I had never thought of!  She was going to use the Livescribe pen to replace writing on an overhead during her lesson.  

She sat down with me and went through her teaching ideas for the 20 minute micro-teach.  As Teri spoke, the light went on for me.   Wow! To be able to write out definitions and examples ahead of time, but have them show up “live” (animated) during the lesson, as if she were writing it herself!    Her plan was to create one pencast over several pages, where her introductions, definitions, and graphs would already be “recorded” but would appear only when she was ready for them to (by hitting play, then pause again).   She would turn the sound on the computer off, so that she could speak through the lesson in person. 

This would free her up to read the definitions and explain the examples while they were being written magically on the board behind her!  She would save time by being able to talk through everything that was already written, without having to stop and write it all out.   I was very impressed with all of her ideas!  It was hard to believe she had only seen the Livescribe Pulse smartpen once, during her workshop with me. I can’t wait to see what ideas she comes up with after actually using the pen for a while.    

She only needed my input to see if her teaching concept would work with the pen.  We did a few sample lessons to make sure it would work as she pictured, and then Teri went home and wrote out each page the way she wanted it to look.   Several days later we got back together so she could use the Livescribe smartpen to write out her finalized lesson, and then upload it to the computer.   She then had 3 days to practice her lesson before her micro-teach.


I spoke to her after the micro-teach and she thought it was a hit!  The interview team was very interested in her use of the Livescribe Pulse smartpen and they wanted to know more about the pen itself!

I am positive that Teri Graham showed her interview team that she not only embraces 21st century technology, but can envision new ways to use it in very effective ways to benefit her students.

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Sample Pencast – Math Test Solutions

The pencast/mathcast below shows a set of solutions to a short math test.
See also Talking Test with Solutions, How to Hide Previewing of Ink in Pencasts, and How to Embed Larger Pencasts

Note: The pencast below is embedded.  If you’d like to view the pencast on Livescribe’s site use this link or this shorter one:

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Downloadable/printable resources related to this:

  1. Microsoft Word 2007 version of test (printable on Livescribe paper)
  2. Microsoft Word 2003 version of test (printable on Livescribe paper)
  3. Adobe pdf version of test (printable on Livescribe paper)
  4. ExamView 6.2 version of test (requires ExamView 6.2 or higher – unzip this file)
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SAT Math Practice – Interactive Pencasts from Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline

Once again Indiana and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service – This time by providing free online SAT practice/tutoring vis-à-vis  dozens of pdfs and interactive pencasts available at

Each pencast and pdf was created using a Livscribe Smartpen by a student or students with lots of tutoring experience and vetted by an amazing team led by Susan Smith, Director and Janie McNichols, Assistant Director, of the Homework Hotline provided by  This award winning non-profit is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Free math/science tutoring for K-12 students in Indiana!
If you’re lucky enough to live in Indiana and have children in grades 6-12 that need math/science tutoring then be sure to visit and take advantage of the free homework hotline that Rose-Hulman offers.  In 2008 over 44,000 students took advantage of this and I’m sure the number will be much higher in 2009 which is drawing to a close as I write this.

If you’d like to learn how all this got started read more under the image below.

In early 2009 Janie McNichols stopped at CIM Technology Solutions’ booth at an educational technology conference in Indiana where she met JR Gayman (VP of CIM, someone who really understands cutting edge technology). JR asked her what she did and was interested in and Janie replied that she co-directed AskRose, Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline, and was looking for tools that might help with it (math in particular). JR shared with her about how the Livescribe Smartpen could be used to take notes with voice & to create and share pencasts/mathcasts online and encouraged her to contact me (I worked for JR and CIM at the time) because of my long work with mathcasts and knowledge of the Smartpen. So Janie and I met online – only once or perhaps twice and she caught onto everything I shared about it a hurry (pencasting/mathcasting with the Smartpen and/or using Jing/Camtasia Studio with graphics tablets to create/share mathcasts).

Pencasting with the Smartpen (by Steven Diaz)

Steven Diaz, a math instructor for the Academic Enhancement Center at St. Thomas University, has created a very nice SlideShare presentation.  I’ve embedded it below along with an example pencast by Steven.  Learn more about Steven on his Ed. D Journey blog.


View more presentations from Steven Diaz on SlideShare.

11.20.2008 1:05p
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Original smaller pencast was enlarged using James Socol’s free Pencast Embed Tool

Livescribe-Enabled Talking Test with Pencast Solutions

Demonstrates the ability of the Livescribe technology to

Part 1: Share a test which reads questions aloud to students (more slowly and privately if desired)
Part 2: Create solutions which explain with voice and writing through a pencast available on the web.

Special note (added 9/13/2011): You can also uses Livescribe Sound Stickers to add voice to an existing test, document, or object.

Part 1: The Talking Test

  1. YouTube version of video (new window):
  2. version (new window) – Download version (8 MB):  Livescribe-Enabled Talking Test

Part 2: Pencast Solutions to the talking test (Pencast) Image below links to blog post with actual pencast:

Many thanks to The Math Maker for creating the original talking test screencast and to Jim Dornberg (Mathcasts – handouts and links page on his wiki) and James Socol who collaborated to create the Pencast Embed tool which allows creation of pencast embed code of 3 sizes (I used the Large size above here). See Small pencasts can also be easily embedded using the embed code now available when viewing pencasts on the Livescribe Community.

Livescribe Pencasts/Mathcasts by 6th Graders – Julie McLeod’s Math Masters!

Julie McLeod, a Rountree Elementary School Sixth Grade Math Teacher, has her students pencasting solutions to released state math test questions.
Julie’s students’ work can be found on her Mathcast Central: Mathcasts by the Math Masters blog.
Here’s an example of a pencast/mathcast from her blog (from the section tagged “Angles”)
Angles in a Quadrilateral

Angles in a Quadrilateral

Kelsey’s Solution: