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Posted by jbaltsar
Jun 9, 2016 at 02:08 PM


Hello everybody and thanks for all your replies.

I agree with most of what you said in one or the other way. Most important: I too think that students should first and foremost learn to work with pen and paper. I still believe that this is the most natural and effective way of primary data collection: simply jot it down, scribble, sketch, strike out ... ... Later on, and that’s what I’m trying to tell my son, he should try to make sense of what he wrote, straighten, condense, prettify - and however he does ist, that’s what learning is all about. I did it on hundreds of index cards (and I still have them somewhere in a box, after more than 20 years - try this with computer files), but if he wants to do it on his netbook it’s ok for me. I still like the idea of ZIM, and I recently rediscovered Noteliner, a single-pane outliner; most of all I like their simplicity, they do what they are supposed to do, without much hassle. OneNote is probably an extremely powerful program and it#s a good thing to be able to move data from there to a presentation or to Word - but for me it would be too powerful. Too many options, too much distraction, too many technical gizmos - it makes me feel old :-)

In the end he has to decide himself, what will fit his preferred workflow, as long as it is a workFLOW and not an endless tinkering with technical possibilites.



Posted by tshare
Jun 9, 2016 at 02:29 PM


I have been using a Rocketbook Wave with Frixon pens for notetaking (http://getrocketbook.com). I then use the Rocketbook app to upload the notes to either Evernote or Onenote so that they are searchable. It is a nice combination of pen and paper with digital searching.


Posted by Lawrence Osborn
Jun 9, 2016 at 03:02 PM


jbaltsar wrote in part:
>. . . I did it on hundreds of index cards (and I still
>have them somewhere in a box, after more than 20 years - try this with
>computer files)

That’s precisely what I’ve done with Idealist. My main database currently contains just short of 23,000 virtual index cards some of which date back to the mid 1990s. But unlike a box (or more probably several dozen boxes) of physical cards, this one is fully indexed and instantly searchable.


Posted by jbaltsar
Jun 9, 2016 at 08:37 PM


Ahh, Idealist! I stumbled upon this gem back in ‘99 or so. Came for free on a magazine CD, and I still have got some data in there, which I work on occasionally. Still rock solid, even under Win7/64. If only they hadn’t stopped development - it would be my one and only infomanager.


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