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Note-Taking Skills for Increased Recall and Comprehension

I'm a big believer in helping students understand how and why to take helpful notes on paper before introducing them to the latest and greatest note-taking app. This collection will give you a solid list of resources to teach your students the basics of sound note-taking.
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Note-Taking Skills for Increased Recall and Comprehension
  • Amelia Franz says:
    A simple, printable template for Cornell Notes like this one will help your students master this style of note-taking more quickly.
  • scientificamerican.com
    scientificamerican.com

    A Learning Secret: Don't Take Notes with a Laptop

    6 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    This article summarizes research on the effectiveness of notetaking by hand versus notetaking on digital device. College students in the study remembered more from handwritten notes than they did from notes taken on a computer, and they performed better on tests. This should interest us all as teachers. Obviously, we want our students to actually retain information, rather than simply filling pages (or files) with text.
  • edweek.org
    edweek.org

    Visual Notetaking in the Classroom

    6 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    Visual note-taking sounds great, but how on earth can you make this relevant and achievable for middle school and high school students? This article offers ideas for how to make it work as something more than novelty and distraction.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    I think it would be fascinating to explore all the material in this book, and then think about how to teach students to incorporate the icons, arrows, and mind maps to help them understand the connections between ideas in the classroom. Although I haven't read the book myself, it did receive high reviews. The only negative comment I saw was that the illustrations were sometimes a bit small.
  • coolcatteacher.com
    coolcatteacher.com

    Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students

    9 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    The subtitle for this page is "Lesson Plans and Instruction Ideas for Teachers," and it is a fantastic starting point for planning and exploring teaching note-taking skills to your students. Actually, the blog itself (The Cool Cat Teacher) has so much great material that I subscribed to it. If you're particularly interested in educational technology, it would probably be worth your while to subscribe, as well. This is such an impressive resource!
  • speedofcreativity.org
    speedofcreativity.org

    Learning More About Visual Notetaking (Authorized Drawing in Class!)

    5 minute read
    Amelia Franz says:
    Rachel Smith's in-depth discussion of visual note-taking is great for understanding how graphics can be added to a note-taking toolkit. Of course, her skills are very advanced, but you can incorporate some of her ideas to take your note-taking lessons to the next level. This might also appeal to students who enjoy drawing and doodling. One of the first points is that the tools must never be a distraction.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    If you're looking for a demonstration for how Cornell Notes actually look in a typical interactive spiral-bound notebook, this video will be helpful.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This teacher-made video is a clear, systematic introduction to taking Cornell notes. I like the fact that the teacher explains how the notetaking works in different classes/disciplines.
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BloomBoard Asks:Which of the methods introduced in this collection has helped your students learn to take better notes?