CLASSMINT is a note-taking application based on the Cornell note-taking system. It is a web-based app, with plans to provide apps for both android and ios users. Users can create annotated notes that can be saved privately or shared publicly.
Type of Material:
In-class use and individual use.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The site aims to provide students with a systematic method for taking and organizing notes.
Target Student Population:
High school through graduate school students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Typing skills and basic computer and Internet browser skills are needed.
CLASSMINT allows for a clear, organized method of taking and storing typed notes using the Cornell Method. A demonstration and examples of this system are provided. Images and annotations can be easily added to the text-based notes. This application is flexible. It can be used as a self-contained app for personal note-taking, in-class for shared note-taking or collaboration, or to create flashcards to use when reviewing key notes and concepts.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Notes taken when using CLASSMINT can be simple or complex. Annotations and images can be used with the mobile app. Importing of documents from several file formats (Microsoft Office, PDFs, etc.) is allowed. Exporting notes is also an option. A particular strength is the ability to use notes to create flash cards for study/review. Multiple options for review (flashcards, audio playback) of notes will appeal to students with different learning preferences (e.g., visual or auditory learners).
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This tool is very easy to use, and it has clear instructions, a video, and examples to help students learn to use it. It is interactive and of high design quality.
There may be a small learning curve with regards to learning the Cornell Method of note-taking.
Other Issues and Comments:
Overall, this is an excellent tool for students looking to take notes more effectively. It has potential uses for both students and instructors at the high school level and above.
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