This short, entertaining graphic video demonstrates the basics of Cornell note-taking for students. It would be a good introduction if you are teaching your students how to take notes and want to introduce the system in the simplest way possible.
Have you taught your middle schoolers or high schoolers any specific methods of note-taking? Although this resource is geared toward college students, secondary students can certainly benefit from being taught specifically how to take notes with one of or more of these methods. The methods summarized are Cornell, Outlining, Mapping, Charting, and Sentence.
A fifth-grade teacher explains why she prioritizes handwriting over keyboarding alone in her classroom, and how she believes it benefits her students. I included this in the collection because it is a first-hand view, rather than one based solely on research. Don't miss the very detailed argument in the comments section, which refutes the idea that cursive confers special educational advantages on students (over print), and argues that much of cursive research has been misunderstood.
Handwriting might help students learn to read, according to this (free access) scientific study. Specific brain areas involving reading were stimulated after young children wrote letters by hand, but not after they traced or typed the letters. The full article is available for free.
This five-page summary contains easy-to-read text and a few illustrations from the 2012 conference on handwriting. The presentations included handwriting and neuroscience, implications for text recognition, and handwriting in the Common Core standards.
Most of us won't be surprised to learn that college students taking notes on their laptops spend much of the time distracted by Twitter feeds. The important finding discussed here is that UCLA students apparently learn better when they take notes by hand, rather than on a device. The working theory is that the slower handwriting requires students to mentally paraphrase and evaluate the lecture content, while the much faster keyboarding encourages less mentally-challenging transcribing.
This 2007 exhibit included illustrated letters from famous artists. I think the idea behind the exhibit is to show that handwriting communicates more than simply a message or content. In addition, it can express the artistic technique, personality, and mood of the author.
A Norwegian researcher explains, in this (free access) scientific paper, that the complexity of writing by hand integrates movement and visual processes in ways that are very different from typing on a keyboard. These very complex interactions mean that handwriting might affect literacy in ways that need to be studied.