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Assistive Technology: Note-taking

Guide for assistive technology in the libraries, software available to students, and free or low cost tools

Notetaking Tools

Assistive Technology can be used in or out of school to help you complete tasks more quickly, easily, or independently. The tools recommended on this page are available for free or at a low cost and support notetaking.

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is a great tool for taking notes, and college students can use it to create digital notebooks for different classes or subjects. They can use different sections within a notebook to organize their notes, and they can use tags to highlight important information or to categorize their notes.

Cost: OneNote is available in the Office 365 for Education package available for free to Waubonsee students

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS; Android

More information: Microsoft Office 365


Evernote is a digital note-taking application that allows users to capture and organize notes, ideas, and information across various platforms and devices. 

Evernote enables users to create notes in different formats, including text, images, audio, and video recordings. Users can also clip web pages and articles, create to-do lists, set reminders, and collaborate with others on shared notes. The app also includes a powerful search function that allows users to quickly find their notes and information.

Cost: Free or Premium

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS; Android

More information: Evernote


Notability can help college students stay organized, take better notes, and be more productive. Its features for handwriting, annotating, and recording make it a popular choice for students who prefer to take notes by hand, while its syncing and organizing features make it a great tool for managing a large volume of notes and materials.

Cost: Free App With Annual Subscription Option of $11.99/year

Compatibility: Mac; iOS

More information: Notability


Penultimate is a handwriting and sketching app developed by Evernote that is designed to work seamlessly with Evernote. The app allows users to create handwritten notes, sketches, and drawings on their iPad or iPhone using a stylus or finger.

Its integration with Evernote and advanced handwriting recognition technology make it a popular choice among users who prefer to take handwritten notes digitally.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad

More information: Penultimate


Notion is a popular productivity and organization tool that can be used in a variety of ways to manage academic work.

Notion can be used for taking notes, and students can use it to organize and categorize their notes for different classes or subjects. They can create different pages for each class or topic and use headings, bullet points, and checklists to organize their notes.

Cost: Sign up for Notion using your Waubonsee student email for a free Education Plus Plan

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS; Android

More information:


One of the key features of Noted. is its ability to record and sync audio with written notes. Users can record lectures, meetings, and other events, and the app will automatically sync the audio with the written notes. This allows users to easily search and replay important parts of the recording while reviewing their notes.

Noted. also offers a range of multimedia features, including the ability to add images, web clips, and PDFs to notes. The app includes a built-in web browser that allows users to clip and save web pages and articles, and a PDF viewer that allows users to annotate and mark up PDFs.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad

More information: Noted.

Have a recommendation?

If you would like to recommend assistive technology for the libraries, please contact Jessica Chrisman-DeNegri at