Summarizing & Note Taking

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Summarizing and note taking are part of the same category of instructional strategies because both require students to distill information. These are more than just good study skills. When summarizing, students must delete some information, keep some information, and substitute some information. This requires good analytical skills and an awareness of the structure of the information presented. Note taking is closely related to summarizing. Students should know that verbatim note taking is not effective, notes are a work in progress, notes should be used as study guides for tests, and the more notes taken, the better.


Read and Reflect

  1. Read about Summaring and Note Taking from the Northwest Educational Technology Consortium.
  2. Go to the Read and Reflect section on your Summarizing and Note Taking wiki page. Describe how you are currently implementing this strategy in your classroom with or without technology. Then share new insights or ideas you gained from this reading.

Apply and Reflect

  1. Learn about VoiceThread and how it can be used for summarizing or note taking.
  2. Complete the Apply and Reflect section on your Summarizing and Note Taking wiki page. Show evidence that you completed the activity and share ways this tool is applicable to your curriculum.