This quote is taken directly from A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes With a Laptop, also known as the article changing the way Bullis teaches look at computer usage. As many students have noted, only two years after implementing the One to One program, Bullis teachers are pulling back on using computers in the classroom.
Lisa Vardi says she was “very positive but also a little unsure of how the tool would be used.”
Like Mrs. Vardi, many teachers are weary of the distractions computers pose during day to day classes and the effectiveness of relying on them. Lisa Vardi, a proponent of limited laptop use, understands that computers are invaluable tools that foster student collaboration and research, yet for the job of note taking on computers is below par.
When speaking with Ms. Vardi we discussed an article referred to her by a colleague.
The article states, in the words of Lisa Vardi, that “students are not as effective taking notes on a computer… because what they are doing is verbatim typing what they hear and not processing and summarizing the materials.”
Taking notes by hand causes students to capture the essence of information in ways that make sense to them. It can be asked why students do not just write summative notes using computers. The answer is that even when students are instructed not to write verbatim notes, they struggle with typing individually processed ideas. The ability to hand write notes paramount to the success of Bullis students.
Teachers are therefore looking out for their student’s best interests when limiting computer use. The findings of the article have spread like wildfire throughout the social sciences department and the methods have been adopted by many different teachers.
The limited use of computers is just another way Bullis teachers are adapting to create the best learning experience for their students.