"When people type their notes they have this tendency to try to take verbatim notes and write down as much of the lecture as they can," Mueller tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "The students who were taking longhand notes in our studies were forced to be more selective — because you can't write as fast as you can type. And that extra processing of the material that they were doing benefited them."
Generative notetaking pertains to "summarizing, paraphrasing, concept mapping," while nongenerative notetaking involves copying something verbatim.
Because people can type faster than they write, using a laptop will make people more likely to try to transcribe everything they're hearing. So on the one hand, Mueller and Oppenheimer were faced with the question of whether the benefits of being able to look at your more complete, transcribed notes on a laptop outweighs the drawbacks of not processing that information
"But they are developing lots of technologies now like Livescribe and various stylus and tablet technologies that are getting better and better. And I think that will be sort of an easier sell to college students and people of that generation."
From Simon Armitage - "Now that we have such open, free online resources it is time to reconsider how we, as teachers, present them to students and how we manage to get the best out of both digital and traditional opportunities."
Good discussion of the many questions parents have about when and if they should be employing technology with their children.
Great perspective from Cathy Davidson
From George Couros - Discussing initiatives such as BYOD or 1-to-1 technology initiatives, there is often a lot of fear about “balance”. First of all, the notion of “balance” is something that I truly believe should not be determined for anyone other than yourself. What is “balance” to one, might look significantly different to someone else.
The ban “gave permission” to listen focusedly with the real others in the room, rather than having to share and exhibit their presence to virtual others online.
From Wes Fryer - Even though we are literally surrounded by screens at times in today’s society, I don’t think we yet fully appreciate just how powerful they truly are… or the “digital discipline” required to overcome their attraction for and influence on our minds.
The fact is that too many children are being thrown in the digital deep end, without the skills or supervision they need to survive.
From Clive Thompson in Mother Jones:
New research suggests that asking too much of workers during off hours can seriously backfire.
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