When you are in a complex class being peppered with facts, it’s quite stressful making sure you take down all the notes you need, and that they’re accurate. Some teachers also lecture using words or concepts you don’t understand so you end up googling things more than taking notes.
Well, some students may have just changed the way we take notes in class.
What’s great about university is you can finally take electronic devices to class, which allows you to type rather than handwrite. And nearly every university student these days types faster than they can write.
But – a group of students took typing notes to the next level through collaboration and cloud computing.
They used Google Docs – a free document writing software – that allows you to share your document with several people and collaborate in real-time. This allowed them all to take notes simultaneously in one collective document that they all had access to. On top of this, if someone didn’t understand a concept they would mark it on the document and the other students would see and explain the concept on the doc there and then. This way, the students had a massive document of notes, questions, and explanations from peers.
We’ve always seen the value of cloud computing in the work place with regards to collaboration, but this is really clever thinking. Just another way technology is making our lives smarter and easier.