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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  • What it takes to be a great leader- Cornell notes
    by Stephanie Muehlethaler (@smuehlethaler)

    Like some other folks this is my first time using Cornell notes. I appreciated this practice and will be sharing it with my students. Additionally I will be inquiring with academic skills what they recommend for students. What I do question is how this would work in a lecture. I watched the TedTalk video “What more… »

  • Cornell Notes on Difficult Feelings
    by Fergal O’Hagan (@fergalohagan)

    This is my first effort with Cornell Notes.  I found the structure improved my focus and efficiency.  The process required connecting with the material 3 times – once for the notes, once for the main points and once for the summary – better learning.  And, I know how to deal with guilt and shame more more… »

  • Cornel Notes
    by Kate MacIsaac (@kmacisaac)

    I’ve tried Cornell notes before, but it has never stuck for me. I do like the idea for organization, particularly the summary at the end. There are a few things I think would help reinforce this type of notetaking in the classroom. The first is to teach students how to take notes and decipher what more… »

  • Josh Eyler,
    by Susanmarie Harrington (@susanmarieh)

    These notes are a summary of Josh Eyler’s marvelous keynote address  at Plymouth State University in May 2021.  He gave a fiercely inspiring talk on the ways we must acknowledge the grief and loss in our pandemic experiences, and ways we can shape the future to keep the emphasis on student experiences. I thoroughly recommend more… »

  • Cornell Notes for Sivanathan’s
    by Sarah Darling (@SDarling)

    Here are my notes, messy as they were in my uni days, about Niro Sivanathan’s “The Counter Intuitive Way to be More Persuasive“. Summary (if you don’t have time to watch this useful video): When making an argument, stick to the strong points. Weaker arguments dilute persuasiveness.  

  • Cornell Notes-Instructional Leadership
    by Pamela LeBrun (@PamLeBrun)

    I decided to combine a bit of research on instructional leadership for one of my course that I am taking and find a TEDx on leadership. I used the Cornell notes template. I normally would suggest to my students to use OneNote, as I teach MS software, but I am old school and like to more… »

  • Cornell Notes – Michelle Pacansky-Brock
    by Michelle Laurence (@Michelle Laurence)

    I watched Michelle Pacansky-Brock who’s work I admire. I think the Cornell notes approach may be of differing value in different course content (I’m thinking sciences versus other courses – I may be wrong). I snuck a peek at others videos and found this one when I saw Michelle’s name I jumped on it! I more… »

  • Death By PowerPoint
    by jessica srivastava (@Jessica)

    I watched Death by PowerPoint (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwpi1Lm6dFo) by David Phillips. It is such a thought provoking video that has changed how I construct my Powerpoint presentations. In relation to note taking, I hate being forced to follow any set format. I teach note talking in university program and we used to force students to use Cornell more… »

  • Cornell Notes
    by Tricia Bonner (@Tbone)

    I watched a video called Motivating Online Students with guest speaker Michelle Pacansky-Brock. I do like the old-school note-taking options. Although I have not officially used this specific format before I do often include sections, additional columns/points, and short hand. This video highlighted the importance of getting to know your students, especially in an online more… »

  • Cornell Notes
    by Tricia Bonner (@Tbone)

    I watched a video called Motivating Online Students with guest speaker Michelle Pacansky-Brock. I do like the old-school note-taking options. Although I have not officially used this specific format before I do often include sections, additional columns/points, and short hand. This video highlighted the importance of getting to know your students, especially in an online more… »

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