Students need to understand how to read, examine and discuss a variety of texts. The Reading Comprehension Interactive Notebook is a tool to aid comprehension, write about thinking, and provide evidence from the text. Students should have many opportunities to examine and discuss stories while receiving constant and immediate feedback. Feedback may be in the form of one-to-one conferencing, reading notebook rubrics, or share time.

Reading notebooks and assessments is a daunting task for a teacher. However, If you have access to Chromebooks, laptops, and iPads, there is a way to take the reading notebook to a whole new level and make your life easier. I like going digital because students can explain their thinking in a variety of ways and allow them to use different modalities. It is also great for differentiation. Need assistance writing down thoughts? No problem, create a video instead. Students can show their learning in a variety of ways via audio, video, pictures, and drawings. This idea holds true for the teacher as well. Leveraging digital tools in an effective manner can change the way you view teaching and learning. Want to learn a few tips and tricks to assist you in taking the Interactive Notebook to the Next Level? Check out the resources below:

Take your reading notebooks to the next level by going digital! Tons of information to help you get started in the classroom.

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Math Notebooks
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  1. I sent this message in snap but haven’t heard back yet! I was so excited the first time I read about digital interactive student notebooks and I have the technology now in my classroom to implement. I am a little worried about the research stating that traditional handwritten note taking is better for memory and processing information. I haven’t read up on it in great detail. I know that digitally I can incorporate some pretty cool and meaningful things which I absolutely love. I’m struggling to make a decision as I prep for the upcoming school year. What are your thoughts on this debate?

    1. Author

      Melissa, I’m so sorry I’m just now seeing this message. This summer has been difficult to say the least. My suggestion as it relates to the research is balance. Sometimes just have students complete it through writing and take a picture of it to add to your notebook. Always think about what tool best fits the assignment and what you are trying to accomplish. Hope this helps.

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