My rule for the note sheets was that students must write everything; no cutting/pasting, no typing, no photocopying, only writing by hand. Anyone who can type well knows that you can type something while simultaneously holding a completely unrelated conversation with someone, but it's significantly harder to do that while writing. Consequently, I developed the belief that there's something at work in the writing process, something that activates the brain, that isn't present in the typing process. That's why I always required students to write their notes instead of typing them, I've believed it's better for the learning process.
Turns out I might have been on to something:
A study titled The Pen is Mightier Than the Keyboard backs the idea that students learn more when they write in longhand rather than taking notes on a laptop.I wonder if that study took shorthand into account. Do schools even teach shorthand anymore? Am I one of the few remaining people who possesses that archaic skill?
The study found that, because the hand can’t possibly keep up with the speaker’s words, the writer must rephrase what was said in his or her own words, which in turn processes the information at a deeper level.