Episode 145: 5 Essential Digital Notetaking Methods

Whether it is digital notetaking or notetaking, many of us agree that most students are not effectively using this technique to remember, retain, and process new information. Dr. Tom Grissom is a pioneer in the effective use of digital notes, pushing us to redefine what notes can be.

[button href=”http://www.bamradionetwork.com/every-classroom-matters/3013-t” primary=”true” centered=”true” newwindow=”true”]Listen to Show #145[/button]

[button href=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/every-classroom-matters-cool/id606677009″ primary=”false” centered=”true” newwindow=”true”]Subscribe on iTunes[/button]

Tom's big point about notetaking is that if we follow the SAMR model, we must redefine what notetaking can be. Here are just a few points he shares in the show. Using electronic tools, you can redefine digital notes by:

  • Writing
  • Recording Audio
  • Collaboratively Writing with Others
  • Snipping Copies of the Screen
  • Recording Video
  • Recording Movements on the Screen (Screencasting)
  • Students Can Share and See Each Other's Notes
  • Teachers Can Share Their Notes
  • Teachers Can See Notes as a Formative Assessment Tool

Tom and I also have a discussion about the vital difference between taking notes by hand and typing the notes (which leads to transcription.) Not surprisingly, transcription doesn't require much processing and not as much value seems to be happening in the mind of the student as in taking the notes by hand.

Using One Note Classroom, Tom is a pioneer in the use of digital notes to teach, learn, and enrich our lives. Here are 4 big takeaways from the show:

  1. See Dr. Grissom's notes from the show (In his One Note notebook)
  2. Visit His Website and Podcast
  3. One Note Classroom 
  4. One Note for Teachers Tutorials

[callout]The purpose of Every Classroom Matters is to bring practical teaching ideas and strategies from every type of classroom to inspire excellence in yours.

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or listen to it on BAM Radio. (I have a list of past episodes as well.)

If you find the show useful, ratings and reviews on iTunes help others find the show.[/callout]

Never miss an episode

Get the 10-minute Teacher Show delivered to your inbox.

Powered by ConvertKit
Picture of Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

All Posts »


Janet Reyes May 22, 2015 - 12:37 pm

I have always felt a little old school because I used to be and still am an avid note taker. Each semester I have sheets of notes everywhere, but with new technology I feel that I need to learn to use the available tools that are available. My husband was even nice enough to by me a Samsung Note Tablet to help me with school a couple of years ago, but I have not really used it yet. I really do want to start taking notes with it, so this episode about digital note taking really interested me. The episode really describes practical use of technology and it gave me some helpful tips that will help become a better digital note taker.

Janet Reyes May 22, 2015 - 4:03 pm

This article is very helpful to an avid note taker like myself. I cannot remember a time when I was in school that I was not taking some type of notes. Notes have always been very helpful to me. Actually, I have piles of paper notes every semester. My husband even gave me a digital note tablet to help me with my note taking and I have not yet put it to real use, but this article will help me give up my paper and pen. It really makes sense to use technology to its fullest, especially in a very practical way.

Vicki Davis May 24, 2015 - 6:13 am

There are so many great things about taking notes by hand. I think the most alarming trend is that of just transcribing what is said. No processing happens and there is no benefit for the process if you just forget it.

TWebb June 1, 2015 - 12:14 am

I really appreciated the article and find the note taking ideas right on point! I think so many times students believe they are “taking notes” when in reality, they are copying what is said. I also think this will be so helpful in noting my own lessons to quickly revise and edit for the following year.

Very helpful!

Vicki Davis June 1, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Glad it is helpful Traci – I’ve got several other links to notetaking posts at the bottom that I hope will be helpful. Also check out sketchnoting – Kathy Shrock and Sylvia Duckworth are helpful resources on that! Thanks for dropping by!


Leave a Reply


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Cool Cat Teacher Blog
Vicki Davis writes The Cool Cat Teacher Blog for classroom teachers everywhere
Update Required Flash plugin