With less books, paper, and pencils and more laptops, smartphones, and tablets gracing our classrooms these days, it would be logical to say that the nature of note-taking in class has changed, too. Especially with digital tools such as Evernote, writing things down on paper seems less likely to be the #1 way of taking notes.
That said, does taking notes really help? Does the physical act of writing something down help you to remember it? What is the most effective way to take notes? How does all of this play into a more digitally based classroom? The handy infographic below takes a look at these questions and more – keep reading to find out some of the answers!
Note Taking in the Digital Classroom
- Not surprising: humans forget things easily, especially as more time passes
- Most can recall only about 10% of a lecture, but if you take notes, that figure comes closer to about 80%
- Only about 65.5% of students take notes in class
- The Cornell System of note taking provides a format for organizing and synthesizing class notes, and has proven effective for many students
- Other systems of note taking that are widely popular and useful are the outline system and the flow based system
- The most effective system will be different for each student and their learning style
- When you are taking notes during a lecture, this enables your brain to help decipher what is important and what is not – this is much harder for the brain to do when you’re just listening
- Writing with a pen and paper helps you to remember more, but typing notes allows you to have a greater quantity of notes
- 38% of people prefer handwritten notes
- 21% prefer typed notes
- 40% prefer a combination of typed and handwritten notes
In the digital classroom then, the primary shift parallels blended learning: a mix of physical and electronic information that serves as a compromise between “old” and “new” learning. Recording pens, tablets, laptops, audio software, and social media make recording, reviewing, sharing, and storing these notes different than it was even 10 years ago.