The pros and cons of taking notes on the computer

Computer note-taking was a point of contention at my school. Almost every teacher used laptops. But we varied in how much we allowed students to take notes on them during class. Those in the no-computer-notes camp pointed to how often students were distracted by messaging and social media. Those who allowed laptops for notes argued that students should be taught how to use technology responsibly. We appreciated that admin trusted us to make our own decisions in the classroom. Yet students were often frustrated by the lack of consistency. While the research is still emerging, here’s what we know so far about how students take notes:

Source: Is It Time to Ban Computer Note-Taking in Schools?

I’m torn. When I write out notes long hand, I can’t keep up with my thoughts. On the computer I can. But then, this gives me more notes than I may need.

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