How you can help students learn with interactive digital notebooks.
Learn how educators engage students digitally — in the classroom and online.
What is an interactive digital notebook?
An interactive digital notebook is the digital version of the various worksheets and paper notebooks teachers use to help students learn and master concepts in class. These fully paperless resources allow students to engage more deeply with subjects thanks to the ability to view embedded videos, follow hyperlinks to more information, fill in answers using interactive text boxes, and share resources easily through email.
What should you include in a digital notebook for students?
A traditional interactive notebook contains a variety of media and information prepared by both the teacher and the student. That can include full-color photographs, screenshots of charts and diagrams, embedded or hyperlinked videos, animations, scanned notes, or any other materials to help students grasp the concepts being taught.
If you want to add fillable worksheets or blank pages where students can take notes, use the Prepare Form function in Acrobat to create pages with interactive text boxes. Acrobat will scan your document and automatically place text boxes in the appropriate places, but you can also add your own manually.
Depending on how long your digital notebook is, it may take up more space on your device than expected. Fortunately, you can compress your PDF file to a small enough size to send as an email attachment without sacrificing any quality.
Whatever the subject, digital interactive notebooks are an engaging and cost-effective way to help students take an active role in the learning process.