NOTE TAKING TOOLS
VIDEO NOTE TAKING TOOLS
Explore these ready-to-use note taking tools to help you get the most out of each expert presentation in our library of Sustainability TALKS.
Feel free to download and adapt for your own purposes.
This template helps you organize your listening skills & practice sustainability systems thinking.
You will find ready-made categories for finding the hook, grabbing key concepts & vocabulary, outlining steps in a process, comparing challenges, solutions & timelines.
See all of the great note taking strategies above?
This template assumes that you are already pretty good at this kind of analytical thinking.
Then go straight to college.
Use this template when you want to visualize the relationship between 2 different sets of issues or ideas.
In this way you can see where a problem might best match 1 or more solutions, or how one solution might solve multiple problems.
In the 1880's, John Venn, an English mathematician/logician popularized this simple diagram as a way to visualize two sets if ideas, issues or factors & the number of overlapping connections that occurred between them.
CAUSE & EFFECT
This is a relationship where an action over here causes some kind of effect over there.
In this template you can describe an issue, idea or event in the middle box, then identity all of the causes on the left hand side & all of the impacts, outcomes, or effects on the right side.
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 & share to identify main ideas & 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.
This process teases the mind into finding main ideas, key concepts, new vocabulary, & data points that can stimulate new questions for deeper research
You can drop what you find into this ring of circles then work with a partner or in small group to draw additional lines across connecting one idea to another or one idea to many others.
You will begin to see where the strongest ideas are & their systemic relationships by the number of connecting lines you draw.
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 & 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.
FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
This template challenges you to choose any 5 of 14 meaningful questions, but you could do 3 or 8 or all of them.
You could read & 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.