As the semester draws to a close, it’s really important to thoroughly check you Google Classroom and PowerSchool to see what you still need to get done. Today (Day 1 and 2; Wednesday and Thursday) is the day for that! Once you’ve checked those things, we’ll meet to look at what you found, to review your old goals and to set some new ones.
On the next day 7 and 8 (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll be exploring different ways we can take notes using Notability. Many of the things we do with Notability can be done on paper and pencil, but Notability does offer some unique features. Here are a few of the things we’ll look at how to do:
- Write, erase and resize with a finger or stylus
- Use and annotate photos (how and when to take them)
- Highlight text that is written on existing documents
I’ll be ‘lecturing’ on this material, while you take notes, so come with you IPad, please.
This week on Day 5 and 6 (Thursday and Friday), we’ll watch a quick video on different methods of taking notes. We’ll also review our independent reading goals and set new ones.
Please take a moment to download Notability, if you don’t already have it. We’ll be looking at ways we can use that app to take (and organize) notes about a variety of things.
Now let’s watch!
In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at a new study skill: note taking. We’ll There are many ways to take notes, but before we look at those, we’ll look at why note taking works. Some of you’ve already worked on this; for you, I’ll adjust things, but a review is good.
There is a lot of research about note taking and how it can help us learn better. Taking notes basically does two things. First, it helps us store information so we can review it later. But it also does something else: by taking notes, we don’t just write things on paper or type them into our I Pads–we actually write (or ‘encode’) things into our brain. So note taking is good for storing information and for encoding information.
There are a lot of ways we can take notes. To get us thinking about note taking, I’m posting a list of note taking tips from Texas Tech University. I went ahead and took notes on the page about note-taking…I used highlighter and I wrote on the text electronically using good reader.
First read the tips below. (If the embedded file is difficult to see, you can try this link.) Then in the comments section, please list one or two ways in which you take notes and how your note taking helps you.