Thoughts on Notetaking

When I listen to a lecture, I take notes with a pen and a tablet of paper. I also take notes using a laptop, but the experience is something akin to taking minutes in a meeting. My laptop notes are qualitatively different than my long hand versions. Laptop notes tend to be lengthier verbatim replications of what the speaker said. Long hand versions of my notes are interpretations, melded into my own experience and reproduced from a point of view of how the information impacts what I already know. To these notes, I add graphics for emphasis, and lines to…

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VHS to be Removed as Part of Campus Classroom Technology Upgrades

Classroom technology is changing. It is driven by the technology changes we see around us every day and everywhere. The world of information has changed from an analog world to a digital world. Manufacturers are rapidly discontinuing support of analog equipment. This change is driving a change to the technology model for classrooms at the University of Pittsburgh. To this end we are currently engaged in a project that will upgrade AV technology in Cathedral of Learning classrooms. These new digital classrooms will have significant performance benefits: The projected images will be brighter, have better contrast ratios and you will…

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Prepare for Spring Term with Classroom Services

The University of Pittsburgh is closed Dec. 24-Jan. 4 for winter break. For instructors planning to request equipment from Classroom Services for the Spring Term, this means you must submit your requests by Dec. 23 to ensure your order is reviewed before winter break starts. Dec. 23 is the last day Classroom Services will be open before the start of Spring Term. Our office has normal operating hours through finals week, ending on Dec. 12th. From Dec. 15-23 we will change to interim hours and be open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Classroom Services Hours: Nov. 26 8:30 a.m. –…

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