Technology in the Classroom: Digital Note-Taking

Since the beginning of lectures and the classroom, students have relied on note-taking to their schooltime need to ingest information “That must be curated, organized, and synthesized.”

But technology in the classroom has made note-taking that much more intense. With that notion in mind, today on, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, who is a veteran high school English teacher based in the Chicago suburbs, takes an in-depth look at digital note-taking.

Jordan begins by outlining the many advantages of digital note-taking, including:

·      Students can more easily share and collaborate over their notes.
·      There is expanded opportunity for formatting, including changing fonts, colors, and shapes.
·      Notes can even include audio files.
·      Special note-taking apps exist to simplify and maximize these processes.
·      And more!

He also spells out some common good note-taking concepts that also apply to analog note-taking, including:

·      Good note taking means good listening. Good listening means that you’re not staring at your screen the whole time.
·      Digital note taking can still be interactive. Ask questions, ask speakers to repeat their information, or ask for access to presentation, links, and files.
·      Yes, digital note taking means we can take more notes faster, but this doesn’t automatically mean those notes are better. Good note takers will also organize, edit, and consolidate their information.
·      And more!

Jordan sums up his article like this: “Digital tools open up new realms of opportunity for note takers. While note taking itself is just as important as ever, effective teachers will encourage their students to take advantage of these tech tools. But just as students aren’t born knowing how to take effective notes, they also aren’t born knowing how to best make use of technology for their education. Take time to not just teach your content, but to teach students how to use technology to effective record the information they need.”

What other advice do you have for digital note takers? Share your technology in the classroom thoughts with our community in the comments!