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You Can Now Add Images To Your Notes

Aaron Wright
Jun. 16, 2017

Are you a visual learner? A lot of us are. And even for those who are not primarily visual learners, sometimes an image or diagram can make a concept so much easier to understand. That's why I'm thrilled to announce that Lernabit now supports the use of image attachments in notes.

Lernabit has already supported audio and text format notes for a long time, and images are just one of many other formats that will become available over time. And, as with audio format notes, even if you attach an image to your note, you can still add up to 10,000 characters of text. By adding an image with ample text, you can create a rich visual explanation of a concept while writing a thorough description to point out specific parts of the image that are worth noticing.

Field Test

I got a great chance to put the new image feature to a field test during a recent family trip to the Cincinnati Zoo. During my trip, I found all kinds of cool ways to use the Android app to make my visit to the zoo far more educational than it would have been otherwise. Here are just a few examples:

Interesting animals

It speaks to the amazing diversity of life when someone like me, with a degree in biology, can still find a surprising number of animals I've never heard of before. One example is Coquerel's Sifaka, which is a type of lemur that can jump 20 feet. When I found such an animal, I would take a picture of it, title the note with the name of the animal, and add some hashtags so it would be easier to find.

Cool animal facts

Another way I used the app was to take pictures of the fact cards on display at the exhibits, especially the ones with cool facts about the animals. For example, I learned that sea lions hunt using echolocation similar to how bats find their prey. I took a picture of the plaque and turned it into a note.

The information board from the California Sea Lion exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Learn about animals at the zoo.

Speaking of bats, I was talking to a zoo employee about the fruit bats. She told me that the skin on a bat's wing is the fastest-healing membrane in nature. I thought that was really cool, and wrote it down in Lernabit with some hashtags so it is found by other people reading about bats who might find that interesting. See the note here

Differences between animals

One of the most useful applications of image notes was in helping me understand the differences between things. For example, there was a sign explaining the different spot patterns of different kinds of giraffes. If someone explained it to me, I don't know if I would fully grasp it. But seeing them side by side made the difference very clear, so I took a picture of the sign and made that a note.

An image of a poster at the Cincinnati Zoo showing the differences in spot patterns between Maasai giraffes and Reticulated girraffes.
Remember posters and information cards from museums, zoos, and other exhibits.

Another case where this was useful was at a display showing the differences between crocodiles and alligators. They had a skull from each one side by side, and the difference is actually quite obvious when you see them together. See the note

An exhibit from the Cincinnati Zoo comparing the skulls of crocodiles and alligators.
Some things are easier to learn with a picture.

Other uses

Outside of my visit to the zoo, I've also found some other ways the new image feature can be useful.

Diagrams

In microbiology, there are 2 main types of bacteria, known as Gram positive and Gram negative, and they are primarily distinguished by the structure of the cell wall. Trying to describe this with text would be a hopeless effort. But a diagram showing them side by side makes it easy to see the details of how they are different. I found such a diagram online, so I uploaded the image to Lernabit, added some hashtags, and included a link to the original source so I can go back if I need more information. See that note here.

Art deco

About a month ago I made a visit to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a wedding. While I was there I had the chance to swing by and visit the Art Deco museum downtown. I never really understood what art deco was. But seeing it in person helped me understand not only what it looks like, but how it was influenced by other trends of the time period, such as the fascination with Egyptian relics and the push for more women's rights.

At the time, Lernabit didn't support images. But I still took a lot of pictures and have now uploaded them to Lernabit. You can pretty much tour the museum right from Lernabit, or get more information while you are there in person. And with the hashtags, you can browse around and see how the art deco style relates to other related topics, like the Egyptian history that influenced it.

These examples only scratch the surface of what you can accomplish by adding images to Lernabit. It is an exciting feature that greatly expands the power of Lernabit to feed the curious mind. Create a free account here

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