Interactive Science Notebooks 

August 2020 - A note about digital INBs ...
With the pandemic we are still facing and the shift to remote learning for some (if not all of my students at some point), I devoted time over the summer to research using digital interactive science notebooks.  While I still have a lot to learn, I am excited to incorporate this strategy into my science classes.  I know it will be a time-consuming process, but it took quite a bit of time to develop the ISN lessons I have used over the years.  The great thing is I can combine my favorite aspects of both and make this a change that benefits myself and my students.

Check out these pages for more information ...

    Digital Notebook Resources - Resources, tutorials, and other tools that helped me learn how to develop digital INBs.

    Frequently Asked Questions - More insights into how I made the transition to digital and the ways I will use ISNs with my students.

    Traditional Notebook Resources - Resources and tips from my classroom to help you implement ISNs into your curriculum; many of the strategies for paper ISNs can be incorporated into digital versions.

Share-A-Thon - A few examples to help you get started        

New digital notebooks added to the General Science page of the Science Classroom             

  • Back To School HDSN 2020 - Student Master* and Teacher Master*             
    HDSN = Handy Dandy Science Notebook

    NOTE:  An asterisk identifies Google files that will require you to make a copy when opening.
    This notebook will be used the first two weeks of school.  Students will become familiar with my expectations and procedures along with learning more about Google apps and programs they will be using this year.  This notebook was created on Google Slides with 8.5 x 11 dimensions, which equates to a standard page portrait view. I can easily print copies of the slides if needed.

  • Science Starters - Student Master* and Teacher Master (PPT)
    I will assign the student masters (Google Slides) for the following week on Fridays  on Google Classroom.  Students will be required to have the day's challenge completed before coming to class.  They are allowed to do them all at once or day by day.  The notebook will be turned in on Fridays after we discuss that day's challenge. The teacher master (in PPT) has the same slides as the student one, but it also includes the answer keys.  I'll project this one on my SmartBoard and we'll start off class each day reviewing the answers.  (No wasting time waiting for kiddos to get done (or even just to get started) as I've had to deal with in the past.)  This example is a great one for using existing PPT files for creating presentations in Google Slides. I was able to do most editing in PPT using Science Starters from past years.  I saved the slides as PNG images, which can be imported into Slides as backgrounds.  I just had to add text boxes and other interactive features to finish the student master. Plus students who are remote will still be able to complete the challenges and then send them to me to be checked. This notebook is set up with 11 x 8.5 dimensions, which equates to a standard page landscape view. I can easily print copies of the slides if needed.

  • Virtual Locker - Student Version* - Although this isn't a full notebook, it would be useful as a template for students projects.  The main page has the directions, the second page has an area for student work, and the rest of the pages have resources they can copy and use.   NOTE:  I use my "bitmoji" items on my classroom website at - check out the home page and the About Me area.

  • Digital notebook files for Sandwich Science & Nature of Science are available on the General Science page of the Science Classroom!

Have other questions?  Send me an e-mail!

Have your students use Doodle Notes (my version - not the premade graphic style) for taking notes in their ISNs! Students create their own notes their way! Watch my video on Educreations that was created to introduce my students to Doodle Notes!  Students can create notes on paper and then convert them to digital (photo, scan) to add to their digital ISNs.

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