One of the best things about going digital with my notebooks was ditching that rolling cart that I would lug to the parking lot, hoist up into my car, and drive to my house, only to leave it in the car overnight and then drive it back to school the next day. Let's not even get started on the guilt I would feel the next morning when I would open my car door and see that sad stack of forgotten notebooks staring me in the face. While my wish to not lug that cart home every other day may have been my primary motivation for going digital, it turns out there were a lot of other benefits that led me to develop digital notebooks for all of my subject areas.
When I shifted to digital versions of my interactive notebooks for history class, my students loved them so much that they asked if I would create them for English too. I started with reading lessons but never really did anything with writing. Then came distance learning during the covid outbreak, and I had to make my writing lessons digital. What happened next surprised me. In a year when many students were struggling with online learning, I saw the most improvement in student writing than I had in any of my previous twenty years of teaching!
Why were these lessons so effective?
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If you like this film and want to use it for reading instruction I have a digital notebook for that too.
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I am a 6th grade English and History teacher with 21 years of k-8 teaching experience. In addition to teaching, I have mentored teachers as a BTSA Support Provider, Literacy Coach, PAR Mentor, TIP (Teacher Induction Program) Mentor, and Instructional Technology Coach.
I have a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and love to share my passion for learning design and technology through the creation of digital curricula.
I have been creating and sharing educational content online since 2014.
My lessons and ideas about teaching and learning have been featured in several books, including The Eduprotocols Field Guide (Book 2) and The Hyperdoc Handbook.
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