Digital notebooks can enhance student participation and educational outcomes at any level, from elementary to high school, and in any subject, from science class to social studies and beyond. As more school systems supply students with affordable laptops, such as Chromebooks, digital notebooks for students have become a key tool for blended learning activities.
PowerPoint-style apps like Google Slides or the free, education-focused Google Classroom keep students’ attention with high-tech functionalities that allow them to take an active role in their education.
A biology lesson plan using digital notebooks could have students watch an embedded video about photosynthesis, then test their knowledge by having them label different stages of the process on a full-color diagram in the same slide. Students could then be tasked to apply what they’ve learned by doing further research online and creating a new slide with images, graphs, and information about the various proteins and enzymes involved in photosynthesis.
Best of all, students can keep updating their digital student notebook throughout the school year, so it’s easy to go back and review information and previous lessons ahead of the next exam.