Episode 145: 5 Essential Digital Notetaking Methods

Dr. Tom Grissom on The Every Classroom Matters Show

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.

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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
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5 thoughts on “Episode 145: 5 Essential Digital Notetaking Methods

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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!

    • 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!