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8 Reasons to Use Google Slides as Interactive Notebooks

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When polling members of my VIP Membership group, many of them were interested in learning more about Digital Interactive Notebooks (INB) in the classroom. So I set off on a mission to create a few things I thought would be of interest to them about going digital with INB’s using Google Slides.

I have written about INB’s many times on my blog because I think they are an excellent way to allow students the opportunity to demonstrate their thinking and their learning in a variety of ways. If you would like to see all of my posts on INB’s click here.

But don’t leave yet because you want to be sure to check out my freebie below before you go.

There are so many reasons why I love digital INB’s, but I’ve narrowed it down to 8 reasons I think housing your INB’s with Google Slides and going digital would be worth the time and effort.

Have you thought about trying digital interactive notebooks using Google Slides but not sure where to start? Let me introduce you to my getting started guide and why I think digital interactive notebooks are a solid activity for you and your students. Click on the picture to learn more and start planning right away.

 

8 Reasons to Use Google Slides for INB’s

Students can use different modalities

I love the idea of using technology as a creation tool! Technology allows educators the opportunity to do things that were not possible a few years ago. Using digital INB’s with students can change everything because they have the ability to explain their thinking in ways that work best for them.

Great differentiation tool

Since it is so easy to create digital Interactive Notebooks, teachers can provide the tools needed for different students. For example, maybe a few students need a particular video in their INB. No problem. Add it to their notebook and share that presentation with only that group of students.

A student needs assistance writing down thoughts? Allow them to create a video instead. Students can show their learning in a variety of ways via audio, video, pictures, and drawings.

Authentic engagement

When done right, using technology always increases student engagement. Using Digital Interactive Notebooks add another layer of engagement because students are authentically engaged in the activity through creation rather than just consuming information.

Saves time

Not only will digital INB’s save the students time because they no longer have to cut things out and paste them into a composition notebook, but now teachers will no longer have to worry about carrying all of those notebooks home to grade. Teachers just use their device and see ALL of the student work from their Google Drive. You can also comment directly in their notebooks while they are working to provide immediate feedback.

Saves money

Digital INB’s will save you a ton of money, too. Think about the cost of purchasing composition notebooks, glue, paper, and more. Going paperless is not only good for the pocketbook, but it is also good for the environment. Save the trees, people!

Less mess

No more glue, marks from crayons and markers on the table or bits of paper all over the floor. All materials can be stored directly in the notebook.

Perfect portfolio tool

My Interactive notebooks are a perfect combination of student notes (input) and student creation (output). The cool part of going digital is the simple fact that I can have students duplicate slides of their notebook to create a digital portfolio with ease. I don’t have to worry about tearing out paper or even re-doing a complete assignment just so the student can have something in their portfolio.

Easier Assessment

Not only does housing the notebooks in Google Slides allow me the flexibility to grade student notebooks from anywhere, but lately I have been using interactive rubrics to grade my notebooks. Using an interactive rubric has been a life-saver and is so easy to setup. I love to find tips and tricks that save me time and this sure does do the trick.

As you can see, using digital INB’s can add a lot of value to your teaching and your students.

If you are interested in getting started using digital INB’s with Google Slides for your classroom, take a look at my Getting Started Guide. Remember, using technology is not about the tool but about effectively planning instruction that meets the needs of your students. Technology is just a bonus that can help you address the needs of your students in ways you couldn’t have done in the past. Therefore, I created a Getting Started Guide that will help you think through how to plan out your digital notebooks.

Included, you will also receive a Back to School template you can use with your students along with a copy of one of my interactive rubrics. Get started today taking your interactive notebooks to the next level by going digital. Just click the picture below to get started.

Have you thought about trying digital interactive notebooks using Google Slides but not sure where to start? Let me introduce you to my getting started guide and why I think digital interactive notebooks are a solid activity for you and your students. Click on the picture to learn more and start planning right away.

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Comments

  1. Do you have a student example you could share? I have struggled with going digital because I still feel that having a hard copy to reference is essential – do you ever print out what the students have created for a hard copy?

    1. Author

      Unfortunately, I only have student examples of digital interactive notebooks for the iPads using Book Creator since most of the classrooms I work with use iPads. However, you can definitely print out the notebooks in Google Slides and can also save as a pdf.

  2. Jen,
    What is the difference between your Digital Interactive Course: Google Edition and iPad Edition?

    1. Author

      I use Google Slides for all devices other than the iPad. For the iPad, I use Book Creator to house the notebook.

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