Want to know how to take notes electronically? Frustrated because students can never find their notes or pictures they take of the board? There is a solution but we have to move past the (awesome) Cornell notetaking system and other systems we’ve used in the past into 21st century notetaking. I use a system that I share in Chapter 4: Reinventing Notetaking of Reinventing Writing. Recently on SmartBrief I gave an overview of PREPS and how it works.
PREPS stands for Prepare, Record, Engage, Ponder, and Sync.
Students everywhere are taking pictures of the board. It is almost like a “get out of jail free” card when it comes to taking notes. Can they find them later? Do they ever look at them again? Do they review them for the test? Obviously, we need new note-taking systems to help students learn, recall and capture in this modern age.
In light of the unique nature of electronic note taking, I’ve developed a system that I share in my new book “Reinventing Writing” that I call PREPS. In my opinion, there are two contenders for best notebook service: Evernote and One Note.I’ll mention them throughout this guide.
Prepare your notebook by setting up categories and notebooks. Plan ahead for a class or meeting by using a template in Kustom Note for Evernote or use one of the templates included with One Note. If you need help organizing, watch the Evernote Secret Weapon videos…
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