And a link to Randall Munroe’s Tech Support Cheat Sheet
Even though they’ve been around since the 1500s, it may still be too soon to give up pencils and handwritten notes.
Students who take notes on a laptop may take more notes than those who write by hand, but more isn’t always better:
New research by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer demonstrates that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more. . . . As in other studies, students who used laptops took more notes. In each study, however, those who wrote out their notes by hand had a stronger conceptual understanding and were more successful in applying and integrating the material than those who used took notes with their laptops.
There’s much more at the linked article, and the result looks pretty robust after several different studies. I don’t have any policy against laptops in the classroom (and don’t plan to, either), but you might want to consider whether your laptop is really helping you.
From tech-savvy Librarian extraordinaire KellyAnn Griffiths:
This fall, the Brooks-Cork Library will be hosting one-shot library programs. If you think your students would benefit from these brief overviews of software and services, please share the information. Each class will be taught four times a week, twice on Tuesday (1130am and 130pm) and twice on Wednesday (1130am and 130pm). Class size is limited to 15 and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like any of these classes repeated in a classroom setting, contact us and we can work something out. Classes will be open to students, faculty, staff – pretty much anybody who wants to show-up and learn. If you have any questions, feel free to contact KellyAnn Griffiths at x2268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 & 4 September: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places – searching the library catalog, the AVL, and the Internet
10 & 11 September: Lightening Your Load with Ebooks – how to use SSCC’s ebook collection, feel free to bring a mobile device
17 & 18 September: Remember the Alamo and Everything Else – non-FERPA online storage options
24 & 25 September: What I Got – citation tools
1 & 2 October: More than a Search Engine to Me – Google tools
8 & 9 October: Discovering our Past – the SSCC online archive
15 & 16 October: Can You Hear Me Now? – Multimedia Communication