Taking Notes Online

K12 is very invested in synchronous time between teachers and students online when in-person is not possible. A traditional format in 6-12 in-person classrooms has been notetaking. Without structure, this process is destined to fail in person, but with structure and predictability, taking notes online can be a way to engage students in the content.

Cornell Notes

To maintain continuity of any student/family experience, consider using a variation of Cornell Notes to use throughout your school/district course(s). Even within a variety of Cornell Notes in practice, the basic parts are Cues/Questions, Notes/Details/Answers, and the Summary.

Search for a template that works best for your class(es) and your content. Create the highlights and most important part of your planned live session as your “key.” Then alternate between removing the Question/Answer or Main Idea/Notes for the student copy. Retain your teacher key to the notes to share with anyone requesting help with modifications/accommodations.

Accommodate as Needed

By using the features of your learning management system (LMS) to break students into groups based on their needed supports, you can also distribute modified notes when you assign them, with fewer ‘blanks’ while all students interact with the video/lecture at an appropriate level.



In the above example, notice that the teacher may also direct students to add details. The teacher might tell students to add something specific to add – maybe even verbatim. This could include a sketch of a big idea/concept.

Consult the course content from Cornell University for further information: Cornell Notes.