Video Assignment-Note Taking and Technology

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Video title: Should You Take Notes on Paper or on a Computer? - College Info Geek

Topic(s): Note taking, using technology to take notes

Search terms: video should you take notes on paper

Time (of video): 4:12

Posted by: Thomas Frank

Date posted: October 16, 2014


Video description: Watch a comparison between taking notes on a computer and on paper.


Question/writing prompt: List a benefit of each note-taking method.


In-class activities: 

  1. Note-Taking Tools Objective: Students evaluate advantages and disadvantages of different note-taking tools. The video briefly demonstrates Evernote as a note-taking tool. Have students research and report on other note-taking tools.
    1. Write students' finding on the board.
    2. Evaluate the costs and benefits of each program together with the class.
  2. On Paper vs. On a Device Objective: Students reflect on potential pitfalls of taking notes on a device.

       Show the video from 0:47 until 1:20 and discuss the following:

          a. Students who take notes on a computer write more words than those who take notes on paper. Ask students if they think this means that taking notes on a               computer is better.

          b. Ask students who take notes on a computer or other device how they avoid typing verbatim what the instructor says.



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