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Laptop or Longhand?

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There are lots of reasons and research that support students taking their own notes as opposed to relying on teacher-provided notes and/or slides. What’s changed of late is how today’s students take notes. Research from 2012 (cited in the reference below) reported that almost a third of students were taking notes with laptops. One suspects that percentage would be even higher today. Of current interest to researchers is the question of whether it makes a difference if students take notes electronically or write them longhand. Four studies (all published since 2012) have considered that question and all four agree on a couple of points.

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