More good stuff on handwritten notes, this article coming to us from our Librarian, Mrs. Barnes.
From the article:
While computers can certainly be distracting (a kid in front of me in economics once watched the entire Kitty Olympics during class, no joke), it’s not just the Internet that hinders student learning. Even when all distractions are eliminated, handwritten notes are still dramatically more effective at helping students retain information, according to the study.
What's tricky, they say, is that 65% of students polled report the opposite! Why? It seems that typing notes results in a word-for-word result vs. handwriting that results in fewer words being recordered as a result of human editing, processing, a valuable retention exercise that comes through handwriting.
Contrary to students’ belief that verbatim note taking is more effective for their learning and studying, the study shows that students who take direct notes retain significantly less information. Verbatim note taking requires relatively shallow cognitive processing compared to handwriting notes, the report explains. The process of rewording and summarizing information, as handwritten-note takers are more likely to do, is more engaging and thus helps students retain information.