This just in, if you want to recall information you should take notes in class. The interesting point here is that the notes should be taken with pen and paper. Students who used a laptop to take notes took twice as many notes but recalled less information.
Just a few days ago I wrote (unfortunately typed) a blog questioning what happens to certain brain areas once writing is eliminated. The Princeton study referenced below suggests you need to exercise those areas of the brain to enhance recall of information.
This semester I do notice one student handwriting notes on a tablet. I need to double check her midterm grade. 🙂 Perhaps that is the comprise.
Regardless, I will say it again: one is more connected to the words they write when using pen and paper. (Maybe finger and tablet screen too)