Designed for use online with Google Drive. Can be used with Google Classroom, OneDrive or offline with PowerPoint.
See how these notebooks can be used on my Youtube channel here!
LOVE THE IDEA BUT WANT A DIFFERENT STYLE?
No problem! This file contains the AMERICANA theme made by request for Social Studies. If you need something different, let me know your requirements and I'll design something along your theme, concept or grade level. Also, check out the Digital Notebook category in my store to see the latest designs.
WHY DIGITAL NOTEBOOKS?
These notebooks took me endless hours to design and perfect, but I'm glad I did! Digital notebooks, which are accessed via a device, solve so many problems that otherwise cause teachers to lose time and become stressed. These include:
***Printing hassle and costs.
*** Students forgetting to bring their notebooks.
*** Notebooks deteriorating over time as they are handled and moved in and out of bags.
*** Poor organisation and presentation with illegible handwriting or stains from snacks munched over homework.
With the innovation of digital notebooks, all these problems disappear. Students LOVE technology, and even in the extremely rare cases where my students forget to bring their laptops, they (or I) always have a device nearby they can access their notebooks on. This means:
*** Students don’t lose any precious learning time and all their notes are in one place - they simply open the notebook from a bookmark and away they go!
*** All the writing is legible as it is typed in a neat and clear font.
*** Students engage with the tasks more willingly.
*** There is scope for a greater range of responses including media other than text e.g. pictures, videos and hyperlinks.
*** Digital notebooks never run out! Because you can continually add pages as needed, students have ONE place for ALL their notes throughout the year.
*** Using my method of placing most recent work at the top of the file, there is no need to scroll (or flick) through lots of pages to find the one you want.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT THESE NOTEBOOKS?
These particular digital notebooks have been designed as a space for students to record responses to bell ringers (starters, warmers, settling activities) at the beginning of a lesson. They could also be used for short time-filling activities or tasks that require shorter or multimedia responses. However, these notebooks are not just a space for students to record responses to displayed prompts. Realising the fact we all do better with concrete examples, I have included no less than NINE different graphic organisers for students to record their responses.
Updated 27th April 2017: Added 'index' template
For a student instructional video, click here.
Please note, this product contains templates. It does not contain the actual activities - the idea is that you display these or give instructions. The notebook is a place to respond to these prompts. If you are looking for bell ringer or other activities, check out my full listing in my store.
After purchase, you can download an introductory document which has a link to the notebook template.
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