If you haven’t already, watch the video “How to take Cornell Notes”

To Do:

    1. Find a TED talk or conference keynote video that interests you to practice your own note-taking skills using Cornell Notes.
    2. Split your page so that it looks like Cornell notes (see image)
    3. Take notes that make sense to you in the right-hand (two-thirds) space.
    4. When you are done, use two different colour markers to highlight key points and new or specialized vocabulary.
    5. Use the left-hand (one-third) space to rewrite those key points and vocabulary with explanatory text.
    6. When you are ready, add a response to the Cornell Notes activity by uploading a file or provide a link to your Cornell Notes in the submission form.
    7. In the activity description, include the name and link to the video you watched and provide a reflection about your process and possible applications.
    8. After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form.

This activity is part of the Organize Knowledge section of the Teacher for Learning Module.

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  • Cornell Notes – Do schools kill creativity?
    by Brian Smith (@brian.smith)

    I prepared a Cornell Note for the TEDTalk – Do schools kill creativity? by Sir Ken Robinson.

  • Cornell Notes – 30 Day Challenge (Ted Talk)
    by Roberta Wyder (@rwyder)

    Here’s my Cornell Notes from a short Ted Talk. I can see these getting easier with practice – it can be a bit tough to keep up, but I think one finds that with any note taking!

  • Cornell Notes
    by Oksana Perkhach (@Oksana)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjBH2gTSln0 How to avoid the next financial crisis? | MICHEL GIRARDIN | TEDxGeneva I suggest that Cornell Notes is a very useful tool for everybody. It helps to arrange all ideas concerning the video, book, or article. Thank you for this great method! I’ve never heard about it before.

  • Cornell Notes
    by Jennifer Abrams (@jabrams)

    The link to the Ted talk is provided. I have not used Cornell notes before, a useful tool. I chose a Ted Talk about online learning in keeping with the overall course content and this speaker provides some interesting insight and challenges to the traditional forms of post-secondary education.

  • Cornell Notes
    by melissa sulpher (@melissasulpher)

    Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoRUrWcdkQ4&t=1s Title: Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy? Reflection: It’s been awhile since I’ve taken notes like this! I can see how this method could be very helpful to students (myself included) for processing information, and effectively curating the most important parts. I also see the value in teaching more… »

  • Cornell Notes Activity – Start with WHY
    by Lindsay Winter (@lwinter)

    I enjoy Simon Sinek and am inspired with his approach to leadership. I chose to review his video on “Start with WHY”.  I have taught the Cornell Note taking method to students before, but never used it as an approach for deeper learning personally. I discovered this method was a great way to create links more… »

  • Cornell Notes Activity
    by Andrew Molas (@amolas)

    Subject: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much Key Points –social model of disability Change societal understanding of disability Notes ‘People with disabilities do not exist to inspire you -The representation of people with disabilities are limited; open more opportunities -disability is seen in a negative way; need to change that perception People with more… »

  • “Cornell Notes” Activity
    by Yana Sokolova (@yana_sokolova)

    I took my notes to the Youtube seminar “Understanding Maths Notation”. This seminar can be useful for the international students who started to work with mathematical notations and should have the correct understanding of how these things should be pronounced in English. I use all these notations in my course “Quantitative Foundations”.

  • Cornell Notes
    by David Schenk (@dschenk)

    Cornell Notes   Topic:___Stages of Team Formation Essential Question: What is the most important stage of team formation           Questions/Main Ideas: Study   Name: ___David Schenk________________________________   Class: __Team Dynamics_______________ Date: ___Jan 28 2023_________________________       Notes: Reread for examples Storming (2nd phase) is the most important stage of any more… »

  • Cornell Notes – TEDTalk on Language
    by Miranda Mckenzie (@mx_mckenzie)

    These are my notes based off a 14-minute TEDTalk on language learning.

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    3 Responses to “Cornell Notes”

    1. ichani xavier

      Hi There.
      This is a very good skill. I have been aware of note taking but not cornel notes. I have really learnt a new skill in quickly noting down new content. Though it looks messy it give quick summary on what you have just read or listened too.



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