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How many of you have ever seen digital interactive notebooksProbably many of you reading this right now. Now, how many of you are totally stumped about why and how you can use them? Don't worry! I am here... tell you all about these digital interactive notebooks!

Digital interactive notebooks are a great way to get kinesthetic & visual learners engaged in the upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom! Click through to see ten different versions of digital interactive notebooks in use so you can visualize how great these would work in your literacy classroom for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Great ideas and all the resources you need are located in this post!










What makes digital interactive notebooks so special?

Digital interactive notebooks are similar to regular paper and pencil interactive notebooks, except they are, you guessed it, all digital! They are all online. No making endless photocopies, no waiting years for your students to cut and paste everything, no wasting precious classroom time assembling. If you are familiar with the paper and pencil versions, then the digital version will be a breeze.

How are digital interactive notebooks created?

Digital interactive notebooks are created using Google Slides. Why? Google slides is the easiest platform for creating. It gives you easy access to all of the different shapes and it’s so simple for your students to move these shapes around as needed. It’s also so convenient for you, the teacher, to customize all of the activities from the templates to your own subject area and content. 

Digital interactive notebooks basically look like a bunch of graphic organizers, but in the digital form. Why is this amazing for a teacher? You can use them over and over again, for multiple subjects and topics! 



What if a student is absent? 

You have the ability to prepare an already-filled out page and print it out for those students. These notebooks help different types of learning as well, such as kinesthetic learners and visual learners.

Once you have access to all of the templates, you’re probably wondering what to do now. There are categories for the visual images - sequential, cyclical, conceptual, and hierarchical. Listed below are ten ideas you can use for your students:

1. Hamburger: Think of the layers of a hamburger. Your students can use this as a tool to help with the writing process, or something similar. Each layer of the hamburger represents a step in a process.



Digital interactive notebooks are a great way to get kinesthetic & visual learners engaged in the upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom! Click through to see ten different versions of digital interactive notebooks in use so you can visualize how great these would work in your literacy classroom for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Great ideas and all the resources you need are located in this post!

2. Ice Cream Cone: Similar to the hamburger, each scoop of your cone represents a step in a process or a series of ideas. 


Digital interactive notebooks are a great way to get kinesthetic & visual learners engaged in the upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom! Click through to see ten different versions of digital interactive notebooks in use so you can visualize how great these would work in your literacy classroom for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Great ideas and all the resources you need are located in this post!

3. Ladder: Another useful tool for representing the order or steps of different processes.

4. KWL: “What I know, What I Wonder, What I Learned”, you can create movable pieces and text boxes for students to continually update throughout a lesson or unit. 


Digital interactive notebooks are a great way to get kinesthetic & visual learners engaged in the upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom! Click through to see ten different versions of digital interactive notebooks in use so you can visualize how great these would work in your literacy classroom for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Great ideas and all the resources you need are located in this post!

5. Pyramid: Also similar to the hamburger template, the pyramid can be used as a tool to show a hierarchy of things, or an order of things. 

6. Tree: I have used the tree template when working with root words of vocabulary. It’s a good visual representation when learning where common words come from and what words are related. 

7. Mountain: The mountain template can best be used when discussing the plots of the novels you are reading. You can create movable pieces, and the students need to identify parts such as the climax, resolution, and rising action. 

8. 5 Senses: This template can be used for a character study, where students have to create ‘senses’ for the character in their novel. For example, using text boxes, students create what the character ‘sees’, ‘smells’, ‘hears’, ‘tastes’ and ‘feels’.

Digital interactive notebooks are a great way to get kinesthetic & visual learners engaged in the upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom! Click through to see ten different versions of digital interactive notebooks in use so you can visualize how great these would work in your literacy classroom for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Great ideas and all the resources you need are located in this post!
All shown here are visual images that you can use in a digital interactive notebooks:
The 5 senses, tree, mountain, and gears all included.

9. Venn Diagrams: Most commonly used for comparing and contrasting different ideas and subjects.

10. Gears: When you think of gears, you think of pieces moving and working together. Your students can use this template to learn how different things work together, or discover the ‘flow’ of things. 



Digital interactive notebooks are a great way to get kinesthetic & visual learners engaged in the upper elementary, middle school, or high school classroom! Click through to see ten different versions of digital interactive notebooks in use so you can visualize how great these would work in your literacy classroom for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Great ideas and all the resources you need are located in this post!

These are just ten different ideas you can use as you create your own digital interactive notebooks. The true beauty of having all of these templates are that you can reuse them over and over again, for a million different topics, in a million different ways. The possibilities are endless, and your students will have so much fun with them.



Celebrate Innovative Classroom Technology Day


Getting ready for back to school? In my own classroom, I am preparing for more engaging digital interactive notebooks. My grade 9 English language arts classes always start off with a fun short stories unit. I love flip books (who doesn't, right?) In order to go paperless and take advantage of our technology, I converted the flip book to share in our Google Classroom. My students can now use it right on their chrome book or tablet. I cannot wait for them to dive in!

On July 25th we celebrate Innovative Classroom Technology Day. Teachers from all over the world are preparing technology infused lessons and activities. Here are some informative blog posts and engaging digital lessons to use in your classroom. I hope you enjoy them! 

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How to Build Vocabulary Lessons Using Digital Interactive Notebooks


If you’re students are anything like mine are, you understand the hassle and frustration of learning vocabulary. They absolutely hate copying vocabulary words and definitions. I absolutely hate hearing their complaints about it too. What exactly does just copying terms and definitions on a piece of paper really accomplish, anyway? I believe all that does is make our students master-memorizers. But is that really helping them? Are they really getting anything out of that, aside from boredom? No.

That's why today's blog post will showcase how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps.

Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

Why Vocabulary Instruction?

First off, let’s discuss why we incorporate learning vocabulary into our curriculum. Well, it’s obvious. It builds our own vocabulary. We sound smarter. We sound intelligent. We sound like we actually know what we’re talking about. We study the root of the word which helps us learn other related words.

Learning vocabulary allows our brains to think at a higher level, to be able to read more challenging text, and to understand the text more easily. Learning to build our vocabulary is essential for any mental growth, especially at the middle and high school level.

 Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

So, if my students hate copying terms and definitions, just to memorize them and forget their meaning after I test them on it, what else can I do? How can I be more efficient and effective at this?
Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!
I have found that you can build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps. This is a fun and engaging way to get your students to actually LEARN definitions, not just memorize and forget them.

http://www.easydefine.com:

This website is awesome for learning vocabulary. When your students go to the website, it instructs you to type in all of your vocabulary words. Once completed, they click on GENERATE. This will provide a running list of all the words they have provided and a lengthy definition of each as well. On this tab, it gives you the option to download the definition list as a Microsoft Word document, if you wanted to keep it on a computer.


But what makes this website so awesome? It has EXTRAS! Who doesn’t love extras? You can get synonyms for each of the words provided, your students can quiz themselves in multiple formats, the website can generate flashcards to print for easy studying, and it also can generate worksheets for further enrichment.


That does sound great, but how can I incorporate this cool new style of learning vocabulary into my digital interactive notebook?  I have created 7 different pages that can be included in your notebook that help your students stay organized and engaged while learning at the same time.


The resource is called Go Interactive Notebook Google Edition Vocabulary. Within this resource you will find 7 files that you can easily share with your students through Google Drive. You students, upon receiving the shared pages, can make a copy of the files to add to their specific digital notebook for their current unit of study.

Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

I will break down each of the 7 pages and explain how it can be used:


  1. Your Words List: This file contains a basic working list of vocabulary terms and definition. The actual vocabulary word is given a specific color. The actual vocabulary word is located on the left and the definition and parts of speech are to be filled in by your students. Both sides are a textbook and is easy to complete.
  2. Vocabulary Organizer: This file resembles a 5x10 table. The first column is again colored and designed for imputing the working list of vocabulary words.  The rest of the table, which are text boxes, are for your students to input the definition, part of speech, synonym, antonym and an image or icon representing the word.
  3. The Roots: This file helps students understand how vocabulary words are related to a root word. Students input the root word and definition on the truck of the tree, which is the background image of the page, and find related words, which are located on the roots of the trees.
Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

4. Definition Snapshot: This file helps students understand words, one at a time, and visually. In the center of the page, the student types the vocabulary word. In each of the four colored corners, they find a synonym, antonym, part of speech and create an original sentence  using that specific vocabulary word. Upon completion, students browse the internet for an image that represents that word.
    1. Need help with inputting images from the Internet? I’ll provide a tech-tip below
Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!
5. Vocabulary Map: This file looks similar to the Snapshot file but the information needed is slightly different. The vocabulary word or concept is located in the middle. In the four colored corners, students must input important characteristics, wrong characteristics, an example and a wrong example.
6. Vocabulary Detective: This file requires the use of the textbook for completion. Students input the assigned vocabulary word, and search their assigned text for which page number the words can be found. Then they must create an original sentence using that word, and add the definition.
7. Vocabulary Tree: This file is very similar to the Roots example, of showing how different words can be all traced back to a root word.
Are you wondering how to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps? Look no further! This article has everything you'll need for your 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students! Find out how one digital document can make boring vocabulary instruction meaningful, fun, AND engaging! Upper elementary, middle school, and high school students will all benefit from this amazing resource!

Tech-Tip

You may be unfamiliar how to get images from the Internet and into a Google Doc or Slide file. At the top, locate the toolbar. You will find a tab that says INSERT. From INSERT, choose IMAGE. You can retrieve an image that has been saved to your computer, by copying the URL from the website, by locating the image in your own photo album on Google Drive or by completing a quick Google search directly from the INSERT IMAGE pop-up.

Hopefully these files eliminate some of the boredom and frustration of traditional copying words and memorizing definitions. Good luck as you continue to build vocabulary lessons using digital interactive notebooks and Google Apps!