According to studies by Emerging Ed Tech, new note-taking technology has helped 80 percent of students earn higher grades. While traditional hand-written notes are still important for learning, technology is moving students to take notes in more modern and interactive ways. There are many ways that technology is improving aspects of note taking in college students and professionals alike.
Not only is technology useful for taking physical notes on a laptop or tablet, but technology also allows students to record lectures and play the material back later. This approach is particularly beneficial for students with disabilities or auditory learners. Because of apps like AudioNote or SoundNote, students can now re-listen to lectures and discussions after class and accumulate more detailed and focused notes.
Another perk to these apps is that busy students can replay recorded notes during commutes home, when cooking dinner for their family, or during other times that may have otherwise been wasted.
Technology allows students to make more organized and productive lists. Apps like Papyrus and Evernote are particularly helpful for sorting and categorizing tasks thanks to their text identification features. Plus, they allow more dynamic note taking and help further prioritize studying.
Being able to read notes and think about them in your own way is beneficial when learning. Apps like SimpleMind and Mindomo allow students to expand their notes into mind maps and other stimulating exercises. Technology can improve notes by taking simple bullets and stretching them into diagrams, flowcharts, idea bubbles, and other more complex note-taking models.
Notes can easily become lost, unorganized and space consuming. With apps such as Google Drive and Dropbox, notes are stored on the cloud. This allows you to organize them how you please as well as access them from anywhere.
All in all, technology can improve note taking when applied correctly. However, even without these apps, South College encourages students to explore more efficient and detailed ways to take better notes.