Taking Notes: Is The Pen Still Mightier Than the Keyboard?

This article on KQED discusses the problems with using laptops as a way for students to take notes.

The main takeaway for me is that “If you processed [the information] as it was coming in, then there’s more in your brain for the refresher to hang on to,” – which means that if the student thinks about what they write as a note rather than transcribe – they will retain more.

LectureMonkey lets students have the best of both worlds – a complete recording that provides a record of the lecture for later review, and the ability to take short, targeted notes about the material. Over time students learn that there is no need to try and transcribe the lecture, or copy the board or presentation – but rather create a short “tweet” that gives them pointers for recall.


About Jacob Ukelson

blog (mostly) about my work and technology. So far I have been lucky enough to have been working on things I consider fun and with really top notch people. I have worked in both large companies (IBM) and small companies (ActionBase, ConicIT, Dapper, eXeedTechnologies). eXeed was establish to remedy a failure of the VC model in Israel – most VCs were monetary investors, but most companies needed not just money – they needed operational and business guidance. That is what we provide at eXeed – not just an investment but also our time and skills as seasoned software executives. I have taken on various titles – CTO, VP Products, VP BizDev – but throughout my career a constant focus has been on technologymarket fit, aka customer development. Unique breakthrough technology is a start, but the product must solve real business problems. It needs to be something customers can understand, relate to and will want to buy. I have been doing this for 20 years for software products in companies both large and small.
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