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cogi app

At first glance Cogi looks like any other dictaphone app however it holds many more possibilities. Firstly, it is designed to record short lengths of audio using a simple and easy to use record button. So if you are distracted and miss  key information - don’t worry about it! Cogi can catch that message you may have missed before you pressed the record button. Cogi has a unique record tool that can record audio you missed. Just tap the big Highlight record button and Cogi will smartly start recording from up to 45 seconds before you tap.

Image of Cogi button


What does Cogi look like & how does it work?

Other than the audio recording tool it has other key features.You can add photographs of the whiteboards, books or any other visual information to supplement the audio. 

The option to  type within the app while you are recording is useful for adding your own thoughts or extra information to supplement the recording.

In terms of organisation, Cogi allows you to name and tag your individual recordings so you can easily access them later.

If you are worried about storage on your device then Cogi has an answer for you. The Cogi files (Audio/Text/ Photos) can be shared and stored in Google Drive or Dropbox and then frees up space on your phone

The app is free but there are add-ons that may be of interest, which you have to pay for. These include a transcribe service that converts your audio into text.


A Video about Cogi

To Note: Using recording devices can be very useful in educational contexts but please make sure you have permission from your Teacher/ Lecturer/ Educator before you use the app in class.

Create your first Cogi?

Download the App from your app store and create an account (with your email)

  1. Now you open your Cogi account on your phone/tablet

  2. You can record audio, take photos and type a file all in the one app.

  3. To note: The app has very user friendly instructions that show you how to use the tools. Just press the i button in the top right of the screen.

  4. To begin a recording, just tap on the ‘Start Session’ button in the middle of the app <as seen in IMAGE A>

  5. Name the session - just tap on the textbox in the top left of the screen. Name the recording something logical that can help you find the file later.<IMAGE B>

  6. The button changes to ‘Tap to Highlight’ <IMAGE B>. The app is passively recording.

  7. Just tap to begin your recording. The button changes again, a bright orange colour, <IMAGE C> and actively starts to record. Click on the ‘Text Note’ icon and the ‘Camera’ icon and finally the ‘Tag’ option to label your audio- give it a memorable name. To end the recording, go back to the recording button just hold it down.



Start session image


Tap to highlight button


Recording screenshot

How can Cogi help you personalise your learning?

By now you know the following sections explain how Cogi can help Visual learners, Auditory learners, Read/Write learners, and Kinesthetic learners access and engage with information, and express understanding. This app has appeal for a number of learning preferences so it has appeal for a combination of learning styles.

Visual learner

Cogi will really help you, as a visual learner to access and engage with information as

the interface for the app is very visual with icons that clearly labels the options in the app. The key options in the app are to record audio, take photos and to type. These all have different visual appearances so you clearly know which option you are using at the time. Especially the recording audio button, as this is really visually clear with its prominent location in the app. Another main visual characteristic is the ability to take photographs through the app even while it is recording. This feature cuts down on note taking as you may take a quick snapshot of a white board or book that can supplement the information in the audio recording.

visual aspects of cogi
Auditory learner

Press play on the sound file below to learn how Cogi can support Auditory learners. To download the transcript, just click here . 

Read and write learner

As a read/write learner your strengths surround reading and working with text. As such, Cogi should appeal to you and can help you access information and engage with it effectively. This can include:

  • adding text to enhance the information as the audio is recording
  • naming the cogi files in a way that is logical so you can access it later
  • also tagging the Cogi files to help you catagorise them.

These options in Cogi allow you to access the Cogi recordings, by naming them and tagging them, as you are recording. This flexibility means you can organise the auditory information instantly and refer to it later when you have an opportunity to listen to the content.  

In terms of engaging, the audio recordings can be listened to repeatedly and this gives the learner the opportunity to process the audio content and transcribe the content in bullet point form. This means the read and write learner can now read their notes of the recording or even copy and paste the text into another document if necessary.

Kinesthetic learner

Cogi can help you as you access or ‘take in’ information, and engage with it to study. The interface is very dynamic as you can switch between audio, photographic and text. All your Cogi sessions can be viewed in the ‘Review’ section (found at top of app). Press and hold each recording to rename or delete files.

Each file shows the the amount of photos and if a text file is present with the audio. To open the Cogi file, just tap Review and you can view the IMAGES, NOTES and TRANSCRIPT- as seen in top of App- refer to image.

images, notes and transcript options in cogi

Just tap on ‘Images’ and slide your finger across the photos to view them. Then view ‘Notes’ to access your typed information.Finally, press play on the audio below to access the audio recording.

As a Kinesthetic learner, the information in the app is very physically engaging overall as you record, access multiple forms of  information as well as tag, name, organise and share files in Google Drive and Dropbox.

Does Cogi provide opportunities for you to communicate and/or collaborate?

I would say it has possibilities. Well if you were involved in a group project that required interviews, images and text you could send them to a commonly shared Google drive or Dropbox folder. This way all your team can access the information at their leisure.

If you are someone who expresses ideas more fluidly through speaking rather than typing, why not audio record this information and then listen back to it when it comes to tying the assignment. This can help you communicate to yourself more effectively.

If you prefer to study in an active way and to speak your notes then why not record your voice as you read your notes, photograph visuals in your notes like diagrams and images and then supplement your notes with added text. A good way to prepare for assignments. Then listen back to your recording as you commute and use your time more effectively.

Also, preparing for presentations can be a challenge for some students. Why not photograph each slide of your presentation and record the dialogue you want to say for each slide. When you are revising you can then see the slide and listen to the associated audio to compound the information to memory more effectively.

Alternative Apps to check out

Audio memos is available for both from Google Play and iTunes and is free. However, OneNote, our first app, is a good alternative too. The audio tool is very useful and embeds very well in the pages.


Free tip Friday

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This dapper little app is called Pinterest, is definitely one for the Visually minded. Whether you are a student in an Art and Design course or just looking for visual inspiration Pinterest is a must have. It can surprise in terms of the content as you can find CV templates, craft ideas as well as a recipes and much more.

You can create ‘Boards’ that collect image with a particular theme or purpose. You can create as many Boards as you like and also view other peoples Boards and like re pin images on their Boards and pin onto your boards. To pin an image into one of your boards just tap and hold to reveal a pin to board option as well as a like and send option too. Or simply search for images via the search box or just browse to your hearts content.


Screenshot of Pinterest

Pinterest screenshot

Optional Task (However it is a competition!)

optional task

This time the optional task will involve the free app tip- Pinterest

and the prize is a stylish stylus!

  1. Create a Pinterest account- you need an email address or login with Facebook

  2. Open your New Pinterest account in the same browser as this app page.

  3. Click on the Pinterest Widget, beside this task in the website, and select an image by clicking on it. Or in the app just search for 12appsDIT and find an image and select it.

  4. Then share it in Twitter with the #12appsDIT and #Pinterest with a comment.

The share button, as seen in the image below, can be found on the bottom of the app page when an image is selected. Now you  have a chance to win- stay tuned to twitter.

(The draw is open until 12 noon Saturday - Irish Tme)

Pinterest icon for sharing
Share option is circled

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