We live in a digital age and many students are now in 1-to-1 schools, but giving student a choice on 'how' to take note allows for their own learning styles to progress.
"When people type their notes, they have this tendency to try to take verbatim notes and write down as much of the lecture as they can," Mueller tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "The students who were taking longhand notes in our studies were forced to be more selective — because you can't write as fast as you can type. And that extra processing of the material that they were doing benefited them."
Mueller and Oppenheimer cited that note-taking can be categorized two ways: generative and nongenerative. Generative note-taking pertains to "summarizing, paraphrasing, concept mapping," while nongenerative note-taking involves copying something verbatim.
With middle school and high school students the reverse may be true. They can write faster than they can type; however that does not negate the fact that when writing you are forced to summarize your thinking, that is a learning strategy in and of itself.