This post first appeared on Edutopia.

Recently, a number of articles have surfaced reporting the ineffectiveness of note taking with laptops in keeping with the findings of Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer detailed in The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard. These authors assert that when students used laptops in lecture courses, they transcribed notes rather than synthesized information. As a result, those students then performed poorly on cognitively demanding tasks.

However, before making a blanket statement that one device may be better than another (e.g. pen vs. laptop) or calling into question what may be the best note-taking system, what if we approach the concept by identifying what is best for individual students? In other words, does the system . . .

  • Adequately support the students’ learning needs?
  • Allow students to save their notes to multiple locations?
  • Let students search for salient points?
  • Permit students to share with peers and teachers?

>> Read the full article on Edutopia to learn more.

Beth Holland will be presenting The Power of Screen Time! Reading, Writing, & Mobile Devices on Thursday at the Boston iPad Summit as well as in February at the San Diego iPad Summit