Try watching a TED talk or conference keynote video yourself to practice your own note-taking skills using Cornell Notes.

  • Split your page so that it looks like Cornell notes (see image below)
  • Take notes that make sense to you in the right-hand (two-thirds) space.
  • When you are done, use two different colour markers to highlight key points and new or specialized vocabulary. Use the left-hand (one-third) space to rewrite those key points and vocabulary with explanatory text.

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

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  • Cornell Notes Activity
    by Jennifer Lee (@jslee)

    I watched a TED TALK regarding enhancing digital Communication by using Psychology.  I did not find the TED TALK intself to be particularly useful, however the notes taking process I really enjoyed. I’ve always taken notes of my own accord in a somewhat simlar fashion – without the fully formalized procedure and like the additons.  more… »

  • Cornell Notes Activity
    by Darby Anderson (@danderson)

    I decided to listen/watch a Ted Talks on Introversion (The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain).  As an Introvert and MBTI facilitator, I selected a topic of personal/professional interest.  I found the Cornell Notes method to be particularly helpful in pulling out of those ‘key’ points.  I listened, scribbled down ideas/thoughts into the Notes section, more… »

  • Cornell Notes
    by Sheryl Third (@Sheryl)

    After reviewing the Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson, I was able to identify clearly the key messages I would want the students to glean form watching this.      

  • Cornell Notes
    by Valerie Watts (@vwatts)

    Ted Talk:  Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers I have never used Cornell Notes before.  I used the template provided by Tech Coaches.  I liked being able to type my notes as I watched the video.  I can type a lot faster than I can write, and when I write fast my penmanship is very, more… »

  • Cornell Notes – Blended Learning
    by Rachel Schultz (@Rachel Schultz)

    I’ve been teaching students how to use Cornell Notes for over a decade now, so it was nice to have a personal reminder of the experience. I think the key thing here is to provide space and structure to help students learn how to use the template. It can be a bit of a challenge more… »

  • Cornell Notes
    by Jenn Harren (@j_harren)

    Ted Talk: How to make applying for jobs less painful The experience was good overall.  Setting up the page took 1-2 minutes, I did pause the video a couple of times (more for spelling:)), and found the process logical.  I did have issues sometimes figuring out was were notes vs. questions/key ideas though by a more… »

  • Cornell Notes
    by Brian Percheson (@bpercheson)

    I’m glad that I reviewed the Ted Talk called Ikigai: The Secret to a Purposeful Life by Emily Bidle with Cornell Notes.  The three sections of the Cornell notes: basic concepts, the expanded notes, and the summary … it really cleared up Ikigai for me.  I was able to make the notes while the Ted more… »

  • Cornell Notes: practice
    by jill jones (@teacherlyjill)

    I found it useful because it reminded me about what’s like to be the student. Details in my blog post.

  • Cornell Notes
    by Mamdouh (@Mamdouh Mina)

    All I can say is I wish I had known about this 2 .5 years ago when I was doing my masters, this is a wonderful skill to learn and I will pass it on to my students, I often tell my students that the best lesson they learn is “how to learn” and the more… »

  • Summarizing -The Power of Introverts- using Cornell Notes
    by Jessica Joy (

    To complete the Cornell Notes activity, I chose to review and summarize the TED Talk “The Power of Introverts”. As a self-acknowledged introvert (with slight extrovert tendencies) I was intrigued by the video. The speaker was also a declared introvert and was keen to present this condition as a benefit to society rather than something more… »

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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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