My initial reaction to this was, why are you even asking this question? Unless you are trained as a transcriptionist, e.g. a court reporter, I don’t think you can do a very good job of taking notes in a live lecture setting. I’ve learned over the years how to use a tablet to take some notes in meetings but I’ve found it is better to pay attention and take few notes. But that takes training also. My second reaction was, why is this presented as if there is some conflict between technology and education? The problem is not with taking notes on a laptop but why are you in a situation where that is important? Technology in education replaces content delivery and formal content interaction. Both the content and the formalized exercises or content interaction are then recorded for continuous review. I’ve become increasingly impatient these low level attacks on the transformation of education by technology. We need extensive learning outcome analysis in fully realized online learning environments instead of traditional learning environments with technology replacing nothing but notebook paper.

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