Livescribe smartpens in the Classroom

Over the past 10 years I’ve spoken to hundreds of teachers and undertaken training sessions at over 150 schools across Australia and New Zealand. This blog post is the first in a series of posts that I’ll publish in the coming weeks so as to address some of the most common questions I get about Livescribe smartpens.

Which smartpen is most popular?

Definitely the Livescribe 2GB Echo smartpen.

  • Its the most cost-effective model
  • It’s the simplest to use – the student just needs pen and Livescribe pad on their desk

How do students use their smartpen in class?

For students the key benefit is being able to capture audio in addition to their hand written notes.

  • Some students will record whole lessons, others use it to capture key parts of a lesson

For students who have difficulty writing or staying focused in class, the Echo smartpen becomes a second memory – allowing them to take brief notes and focusing more on what a teacher is saying.

How do teachers use their smartpen in class?

Typically a teacher will have one or more pens in use in a classroom to support different learning outcomes or student needs. These might include:

  • Providing pens to students with learning difficulties
  • Using the smartpen with sound stickers so as to turn written content such as text-books or posters into interactive learning tools where the pen can deliver verbal content to augment the written content.
  • Creating Livescribe Pencast content that is incorporated into learning systems and blogs
  • Using the smartpen in day-to-day interactions with peers, parents, and administration so as to take better notes

What Livescribe paper or accessories should I buy?

The first question to ask yourself or the end user is what size of paper they prefer to write on – A5 or A4 (or if you’re like me a combination of both).

  • If A4 is your choice then I’d recommend our new 2GB Echo A4 bundle:
    • 2GB Echo smartpen
    • 4-pack of A4 spiral notebooks
    • MyScript for Livescribe
    • 2x Echo black ink refills (provided for free during March 2016)
  • If A5 is the preferred size then the 2GB Echo mobility bundle offers excellent value for money
    • 2GB Echo smartpen
    • 4-pack of A5 notebooks
    • Smartpen A5 portfolio

In terms of other accessories, two in particular are worth considering:

  1. MyScript for Livescribe – this optional software add-on allows you to convert one or many pages of notes into editable text (note that this is included with both value bundles noted above).
  2. 3-D Recording Headset – when plugged into the Echo smartpen, the ear buds become 3-D microphones – improving the range and quality of audio capture. They are particularly useful if a user is going to be in larger lecture halls or meeting rooms.


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Livescribe 3 Black Edition smartpen Launched

Today for Australia and New Zealand we are launching the Livescribe 3 Black Edition smartpen.

Livescribe 3 Black Edition smartpenThis new model has a different exterior featuring a very stylish matte black finish along with a new pocket clip which is made from glass-reinforced polymer. Overall the pen is slightly lighter than the existing Livescribe 3 models.

Technically, this new model works the same as the existing LS3 models and will work with select iOS and Android devices.

This model introduces a new Livescribe dot paper option – a top-bound notepad measuring 127x203mm. We’ll be introducing further notepads to the Livescribe dot paper range this year as well.

This new Livescribe 3 is available now and will ship to customers later this week.

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Supported Android Devices – Updated List

The following table is an updated list of supported Android devices for Livescribe 3 smartpens:

Manufacturer Model Minimum OS Version
All Others Device with Bluetooth® Smart low energy 4.4.2
Alcatel Idol 3 5.0.0
Asus Zenfone 2 5.0.0
Dell Venue 8 5.0.0
Google Nexus 4 (LG)
Nexus 5 (LG)
Nexus 6 (Motorola)
Nexus 7 (2013 – ASUS)
Nexus 9 (HTC)
One M7
One M8
One M9
One Mini 2
Huawei Honor 6 Plus 4.4.2
G3 Vigor
G Pad 8.3 LTE
Optimus G Pro
Meizu MX4 4.4.2
Motorola Droid Maxx
Moto E
Moto G
Moto X
OnePlus One 4.4.4
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Galaxy Note II
Galaxy Note 3
Galaxy Note 4
Galaxy Note Edge
Galaxy Note Pro
Galaxy S III
Galaxy S III mini
Galaxy S4
Galaxy S4 Active
Galaxy S4 mini
Galaxy S5
Galaxy S5 Active
Galaxy S5 Sport
Galaxy S6
Galaxy S6 Edge
Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
Galaxy Tab 4 8.0
Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Sharp AQUOS Crystal 4.4.2
Sony Xperia C3
Xperia E1
Xperia M2
Xperia T3
Xperia Z
Xperia Z Ultra
Xperia Z1
Xperia Z1 Compact
Xperia Z2
Xperia Z2 Tablet
Xperia Z3
Xperia Z3 Compact
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Xperia Z4 Tablet
Xperia ZL
Xiaomi Mi 4
Redmi 2
Redmi Hongmi Note 3G
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Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition Added to Product Range

The Livescribe 3 smartpen range has expanded with the edition of the Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition.

This collaboration pairs the legendary notebook maker’s classic brand and aesthetic with the most successful and popular smartpen to date. The Moleskine Edition combines the art of handwriting with the convenience of technology to seamlessly digitize notes, allowing both iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users to make their notes more actionable than ever.

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As users write and doodle on their classic ivory-colored Moleskine pages using the smartpen, their handwriting appears on their phone or tablet in the Livescribe+ mobile app where they can sync with recorded audio in the form of a pencast. With Livescribe, notes become infinitely more useful while allowing writers to continue using their favorite notebooks and writing accessories from Moleskine.

“Handwriting is not a dying art – far from it. In fact we have seen it to be entering a renaissance in recent years,”

Maria Sebregondi, co-founder and VP of Brand Equity and Communications at Moleskine.

Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition Bundle Details

This bundle includes a Moleskine-branded Livescribe 3 smartpen, a Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine, a Moleskine tool belt, a one-year subscription to Evernote Premium, and free companion app downloads of Livescribe+, which is available for iOS and Android.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen Moleskine Edition is available now and would make a perfect Christmas gift for senior executives.

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Livescribe Echo 8GB smartpen Pro Edition Added to Product Range

Great news for our Echo smartpen community – Livescribe has launched an updated version of the very popular 8GB Echo smartpen.

Livescribe Echo 8GB smartpen Pro Edition

The Updated Echo 8GB Pro Edition

There are a number of changes/updates for this package. In addition to the Echo 8GB smartpen, the pack also includes:

  • Smartpen portfolio – holds either the A5 spiral notebooks or leather journals
  • 3-D recording headset – great for use in larger lecture halls or large meeting rooms
  • MyScript for Livescribe – converts your hand written notes into editable text via Echo Desktop

New Warranty Standard

The Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition is provided with a two-year warranty on the smartpen, and an additional year of warranty on the OLED screen and battery.

Specification and Availability

Full specifications and local pricing will be up on our AU and NZ Smartpen sites before the end of the month.

What's included with Livescribe Echo 8GB smartpen Pro Edition

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Android App for Livescribe 3 – What It All Means

The most common questions I’m getting from Livescribe customers is whether they need a new Livescribe 3 smartpen in order to use it with their Android device. The short answer is NO! There are some retail boxes circulating that indicate its iOS only – this is just packaging.

One Livescribe 3 smartpen can sync with up to four iOS and Android devices, so people can access the same notes whenever they need them, on their iPad as well as their Android smartphone, or any other combination of iOS and Android mobile devices.

Livescribe+ and the Livescribe 3 smartpen are compatible with devices running Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat) or newer, with support for Bluetooth® Smart (aka Bluetooth 4.0 low energy). The Livescribe 3 smartpen uses Bluetooth Smart to easily connect to multiple devices and deliver up to 14 hours of continuous writing on one charge.

Android users can start digitizing, searching and sharing their handwritten notes by picking up a Livescribe 3 smartpen and downloading the Livescribe+ app, free on the Google Play store.

Initially launched for iOS, Livescribe+ for Android has been optimized for Android by incorporating Google’s Material Design guidelines to introduce a unique Android approach to the app’s core functions and user experience.

Livescribe 3 for AndroidUnique to Android, Livescribe has also launched a second app called Livescribe Link, an Android Service app that manages the connection between smartpen and Livescribe+ and, in the future, other third-party apps that make use of Livescribe’s Android SDK. It also conducts a compatibility check when it’s installed, so potential customers can make sure their Android device is compatible before they purchase a smartpen.

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Livescribe Showcasing New Android App at CeBIT Australia

Beginning today in Sydney Livescribe will be showcasing the new Android app at CeBIT 2015. Running over the next 3 days visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to try the preview version of Livescribe+ for Android.

Livescribe 3 for AndroidCeBIT Special Offers

Visitors will also be able to take advantage of a number of exclusive offers including:

  • Google Play Store gift cards with purchase of select Livescribe 3 smartpens
  • Free upgrades including Pro edition portfolio and Evernote Premium subscription.
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