Still, I was left with several thoughts:
- This research and the article makes a blanket statement about how handwritten note taking helps students. It does not account for any individual differences in learners.
- The article focuses on distractions as the key reason for learning differences with laptops. But is that true? Are distractions the key issue? Or are there other problems that result from being in front of a screen so long that contribute to this learning gap from the two note taking methods?
- If it is true that distractions are the key reason for the learning gap, is the answer simply to return to handwritten notes? Or do we as educators need to do a better job in being intentional about helping our students manage distractions, and then modeling this management ourselves?