Science students shift to online notebooks

Sites add creativity to interactive notebooks


Olivia Scalmato

Working industriously, Trent Howard and Daniel Vasquez, take their daily notes for Ms. Wilbur. Some eighth-grade science classes will soon shift to online notebooks.

Marion Blakely, Staff Writer

     Eighth-grade science students have using e-notebooks instead of regular notebooks to write notes in class as a way to try new things and be more creative.
     Students have been using composition notebooks to create interactive notebooks in core classes, but Regan Roach decided to try a different way.
     E-notebooks are an online journal used to write down notes. Mrs. Roach hopes kids can accept change and become more tech savvy while still learning science.
     “This isn’t a project or assignment,” she said. “Rather than keep our journals in a composition, we keep them online now. The objectives our online journal covers are eighth grade science standards as well as technology standards.”
     Students will be able to see a different side of lessons and be more creative from this experience.
     “What I learned from this experience is how to make your own things in life,” Jade English said. “Like my online website, I was able to learn how to be creative.”
     Author Adam Welcome recently visited the school and made a comment that paper and pencil were “old” style of education and that everything they did in class could be done online. He also believes students need to learn how to use technology to the best of its ability.
     “I thought about his statement (over and over) and decided to give it a try,” Mrs. Roach said.
     She hopes she will be able to use this for all classes next year, but will stick with the two classes for now .
     “I do have all intentions of using the online journal for these two classes for the remainder of the year,” she said. “If it works out, I will use online journals for all of my classes in the future.”