History[ change change source ] In Douglas Engelbarta researcher at Stanford Research Institutewanted to find a way to make using computers easier. In those days, computers were large and expensive. Using them was very hard because everything had to be typed in on a keyboard. This command line interface is still used by some people, such as programmersto get things done faster.
You see them in coffee shops, at work, at school, and more and more often at home. The goal of this guide is to help you to understand how you can effectively use your notebook computer to take notes in any appropriate situation. First we will cover some basics, like when using a notebook computer may or may not be appropriate and a few basics on how best to set your notebook to last in a meeting or class.
Then we will talk about software options and input methods. Finally, we will talk about some reasons that it might be better for you to use your notebook computer instead of a paper notebook.
Computers are rapidly becoming more and more acceptable in society. This, however, does not mean that notebook computers are acceptable in every situation. The most common times to use a notebook for notes are probably in classes college especially, and gradually high school and business meetings.
There will probably be other times where notebook computers could be used, but these are the main ones that will be covered here. Taking Notes in Class The use of a computer in class is receiving mixed reviews by teachers and professors.
Some welcome technology as a learning aid, while others reject it because it is a distraction. If you want to take notes on your notebook computer in school, you need to ask each individual professor or teacher. Your institution may have a no technology policy please respect that or may have no rules on it at all.
I have found that asking a teacher or professor face to face is very easy and effective. Some say they prefer not to have notebooks, but some slight bargaining might help. There are several things that you should keep in mind if you need to bargain with them.
First, you will gain nothing by arguing, yelling, or just generally being a jerk.
Second, the most effective method is to honestly explain to them why you want a notebook computer in class. This means that if you want it only for the Internet or games you should not ask them to be allowed to use it in class this is, after all, why many academic institutions do not like technology in the classroom.
Tell them why you are more effective taking notes with a notebook computer and why it helps you to learn and many professors will ok it. Sometimes it may help if you offer to show them that you are taking notes after class.
Please do not ignore a teacher or professor if they say no to your using a computer. Taking Notes in Business Meetings Meetings can be a different ball game all together. In large meetings or seminars, notebooks are usually a little more acceptable if needed. When you are in smaller meetings notebooks become less acceptable because they start to make you less personable.
As a professional, you should be able to decide when they are or are not appropriate, but my recommendation is that you use them only when they are necessary and do not get in the way of the meeting or of business.
Basic Hardware Recommendations If you have gotten this far, I assume you plan to use your notebook computer to take notes, and want some advice. First, mute your computer. If you are in class or a meeting, no one not even you needs to hear your computer making noise.
This is a distraction, mostly to others, and is rather rude. If a message pops up on the screen, you will notice it when you look at the computer. Second, turn down your screen brightness.
It should be readable so you can correct some mistakes and make sure everything is running right, but full brightness is often not necessary. In many note taking situations you will use batteries and turning the screen brightness down will help lengthen your battery life.
Third, turn off your wireless. This will add battery life though not too much of it and will help keep your from being distracted by incoming email, instant messaging, or the chance of surfing the net.
Take out your notebook; keep the bag in an appropriate location. The first thing is to figure out how you are going to take notes.
There are many ways, and I could not possibly cover all of them here, but I can cover some of the popular and effective methods. From here, you can use one of these, or continue looking for more options.
Programs Basic Text Editor Basic text editors are usually less than ideal for taking notes. First, they require that you use a keyboard for entry.A keyboard is defined as the set of typewriter-like keys that enables you to enter data into a computer or other devices.
Computer keyboards are similar to electric-typewriters but contain additional typing keys. A computer mouse (plural: mice) is an input device that is most often used with a personal computer.
Moving a mouse along a flat surface can move the on-screen cursor to different items on the screen. If you're spending your days writing on a computer, it pays to know these handy shortcuts that really speed up the writing process!
29 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Writer Should Know. Posted by Tharyn Taylor | How To Write | 2 | Note: I am using a Mac, but almost all of these shortcuts can be used on windows as well by substituting the. A standard computer keyboard is called a QWERTY keyboard because of the layout of its typing systems that support handwriting recognition so that users can write on the screen or on a tablet instead of typing on a keyboard.
Most pen computers are Input devices - Student notes. A computer keyboard is an input device that allows a person to enter letters, numbers, and other symbols (these are called characters) into a computer.
It is one of the most used input devices for computers. Using a keyboard to enter lots of data is called typing. But only Unicode hex codes can produce music note text symbols. With this method you can type all the music symbols and all the other possible text symbols.
With this method you can type all the music symbols and all the other possible text symbols.