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.
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.
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.
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!
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.