As a teacher, I was a big believer in having students keep what I was calling at time interactive notebooks. And the classic marble style notebook was one of the few class requirements that made it onto the school supply list for my students. I was not a stranger the notebooks myself, it was a practice that I believe in, keeping one along with the students to create a paper record of our class experiences.
As computers became more prevalent in our school, I realized that by tapping into technology, I could teach students steps to share their notebook work with a larger audience outside of our classroom. This helps to bridge the students' learning to a larger audience, it helps to show your students that what you are doing in school is not just for school, but it's part of learning and learning can happen anywhere.
The first step to take is to figure out how can we share what's already been created in the notebook. By tapping into the webcam on the computer, you can use a feature in Google Docs to capture notebook work and bring it to an online platform.
First, open up a Google Document, and go to Insert -> Image
Then choose, Take a Snapshot and choose the Allow setting for Google Docs to access your webcam.
Another way to share work could be to have students create a digital learning portfolio. You could also have your students select items in their notebook to be featured in a learning portfolio that they could grow with them throughout their school career. I stumbled up a awesome Google Site Template created by Nick Mitchell that is designed to reflect the traditional school notebook.
If you search in Google Site templates for Digital Notebook Template, you should find this template.
~Amber Bridge, Technology Consultant @abridgesmith
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