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Content that really leads to learning

effective-note-takingWhat do you do with the notes you take of a conference or lecture you may have attended? This is what George Couros argues about in:


It made me think about the notes I take during lectures. Most of the time I write down what the lecturer says without giving much thought about it and leave the notes unopened unless I need to do an assignment or study them.

So, what if I was to summarise each lecture I attended when it finishes? Would this help more? Obviously, in this way I would be able to learn more, better grasp the topic and evaluate it. In fact, George Couros says: “I think content is important, but it is what you do with that content that really leads to learning.”

Thus, I started to think of various ways of how to relate this to teaching and make the content of a lesson be more of aid to students. Probably a blog is the best option nowadays since a class blog would enable students to share their thoughts, find videos and other resources as well as for solving difficulties. The latter can be helpful if for example, the subject has only a lesson or two per week. Some good blogs I found are Edublog, Edmodo and WordPress. However, Edmodo is not a just a blog, it provides more features specifically for teachers and students.

Quizzes, appropriate homework and maybe even research can help to better grasp a subject and make better use of notes. For example a way to implement research in the classroom can be done by dividing the class in groups and search about a particular topic online then writing down some points or notes. Afterwards, the notes they found can be discussed and corrected if needed in the classroom. This method makes the students more autonomous which I think it is the best way for them to learn new content and ultimately make sense of it.


2 comments on “Content that really leads to learning

  1. Seriously Virtual
    October 30, 2013

    I have been following George Couros for some time now over Twitter and I find that his approach to education and learning is totally refreshing. Having said that I have to tell you that I have attended a wonderful education conference in Plymouth last year, where we really did put all of this into practice. Basically throughout the conference people were just tweeting about what impressed them most from the talks. The collection of tweets which followed from all the conference participants was impressive, not so much because of the quantity of tweets, but because of the quality. Tweets showed personal reflections, thoughts, succinct pieces of information that really matter – as George Couros said – it’s not much about the content that you know that matters, but it’s more what you do with it. As educators we have the obligation to spread what we know but also to help the others reach new depths of knowledge.

  2. thenarnianx
    November 2, 2013

    I think that re-reading notes and summarising them after the lesson is a good way to revise and study. It would allow us with a way to quickly look at the key points of that days’ lectures. But there is always the problem of time since re-reading and summarising a days’ worth of notes would take quite some time to accomplish and students would either get bored or not feel like doing it at all.

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