Several weeks ago I was discussing a different take on a digital version of an Interactive Notebook with the teacher who took my place when I left to become an instructional technologist for our district. (This teacher also happened to be my student teacher the year we tried the digital notebooks.) He doesn't have the class set of iPads, but he does have access to iPads and laptops as well as BYOD. His students have gone back to the paper version of the notebook, but he had the idea of using auras to bring the written notebooks to life. I loved this concept! It's basically the opposite take on what I was trying to do. And...this provides avenues for expression, reflection, and analysis both digitally as well as written.
So, here's the plan... any pages students want to create auras for, they just create a unique design or drawing on that page and they take a picture of it to become the trigger image. Then, they create videos, audios, graphics, 3D models to expand, reflect, analyze, predict, compare, contrast the information/events/people being explored. Viola...a paper notebook that springs to life!
Some ideas for use in the classroom:
- Tutorials for homework-This is a great way for teachers to easily implement blended learning or flipped learning options.
- Reflective activities that students create discussing their learning on a given topic
- Adding a digital component to a paper/physical project
- Book trailers/book reports
- "You Were There" details of research
- Interactive bulletin boards
- Scavenger Hunts
- Content area Stations
- Interactive writing
- Interactive student-created books