Video Note Taking Tools
This template helps you organize your listening skills and practice sustainability systems thinking. You will find ready-made categories for finding the hook, grabbing key concepts and vocabulary, outlining steps in a process, comparing challenges, solutions and timelines. You can capture key data points, analyze stakeholder perspectives, and reflect on your role in the problem and in the solution.
See all of the great note taking strategies above? This template assumes that you are already pretty good at this kind of analytical thinking. Test yourself. Then go straight to college.
Stop the video every 60 seconds or when there is a natural narrative transition. In the first 60-second bite look for an effective hook or thesis statement, In each subsequent section pair and share to identify main ideas and key concepts, data, evidence, or assumptions. Jot down new questions for deeper research.
In this playful template you will find a table with a cell for each letter of the alphabet. You may not find an idea in the video talk that begins with each and every letter in the alphabet, but this process teases the mind into finding main ideas, key concepts, new vocabulary, and data points that can stimulate new questions for deeper research.
This template is a big blank page where you can draw or diagram the key ideas, data points, systemic connections, and stakeholder perspectives presented in the video talk. You may want to view Example 1 which is a simple set of boxes and connecting arrows, or Example 2 which is richly illustrated mind map.
This template is another basic tool of systems thinking. Just like an iceberg floating in the sea is mostly hidden under water, this tool helps you see underneath the surface of a particular event, issues or idea. Once you look underneath the surface of your own thinking you can begin to analyze the patterns, structures and mental models of how we hold or consider what we experience as real. What we think is the main idea may be just the tip of the iceberg. This diagram may also be helpful: Iceberg Model - Explained
Here is a list of 14 insightful questions to help you listen more deeply and sharpen your analytical thinking. This template challenges you to choose any five of the 14 questions, but you could do three or eight or all of them. You could read and discuss all of the questions before you watch the video talk, or explore them after. You could use it as a practice quiz or to inspire small group discussion.
Use this rubric to identify skills the speaker applied and how they could improve. Give evidence. Then apply the same criteria to improve your own public speaking.