Taking notes by hand seems to be better than taking notes using a laptop because it requires students to put the notes into their own words. However, the research is nuanced! It is important to remember, too, that if laptops are creating distractions learning will suffer.
The options for technology in the classroom have exploded in the 21st century. We can use clickers in our classrooms, smartphone and tablet quizzing apps, online course management systems, smartboards, and probably about 100 other things that I haven’t even heard of. But one question that continues to pop up is whether students should use technology to take notes.
See the full article in The Learning Scientists.