1 Take note
1.1 Why take notes?
Information and Communication Technologies are developing at a rapid pace. There always seems to be something new happening. In this course you'll be introduced to the underlying trends, ideas and principles as well as the applications of these technologies. However if you want to keep up with developments, it is important that you can find the very latest technology news items and that you can understand and interpret what they have to say.
In this course you'll be reading an article, which has been published in the technology section of a national newspaper. Newspaper articles are generally good sources of information on IT and are usually fairly easy to understand without too much specialist knowledge. You'll be given some advice on how to make the most of reading articles like this and some ideas on how to take notes and summarise what you've read. I'll also offer some suggestions for websites, which you can visit to keep up with the latest technology news.
Note taking is a useful skill for academic learning as it enables you to remember the main points of an article or paper without having to read it all again. The process of summarising helps you make connections and reflect on what you have read. While you are studying you will usually be taking notes for your own use, but this is a useful skill to develop as it can be used at work or in other activities.