Otter is a web tool and mobile app that allows you to record audio and generate live transcriptions of your recordings. With its AI (artificial Intelligence) capacities, Otter provides automated meeting notes for popular video conferencing services including Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams. Students can use Otter to” take notes during lectures, transcribe research interviews, capture notes from group study sessions, and process public audio data for research purposes.”
Otter is also a great note taking option for students with hearing problems. Real time transcription will allow them to follow along audio output without interruption to their comprehension. Similarly, ESL/EFL students will find the tool helpful. Besides taking notes, they can use it to learn new vocabulary and enhance their speaking skills.
What I like the most about Otter is its collaborative features. Otter users can invite each other to edit, highlight and work on their notes collaboratively. They can also ‘start a recording inside a group to share the transcript live’. Other equally interesting features provided by Otter include: the ability to import and transcribe audio recordings, arrange notes into folders, generate word clouds from recorded notes, export notes as PDF, TXT, MP3, and many more.