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ERIC Number: EJ1115187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Methods and Strategies: Digital Notebooks for Digital Natives
Miller, Bridget; Martin, Christie
Science and Children, v53 n5 p84-89 Jan 2016
The idea of notebooking is not new in the science classroom. Since the mid-1970s, writing has been found to facilitate students' critical thinking and learning across a variety of content areas. For science educators, notebooks have become an essential tool for supporting students' scientific inquiry in and across concepts. Scientific notebooks also play a large role in connecting science to today's literacy standards and provide a valuable formative assessment. Technology can be a valuable tool to enhance writing and equip students to be 21st-century learners, consumers, and producers of new information. The advantages for teachers using technology are the added data provided by voice recordings and images and the ease of collaboration provided by the integration of multimedia literacy technologies. Captured moments can be used to review students' progress over time. The more students and teachers interact with digital technology, the more comfortable and proficient they become applying it, building the pipeline for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) leaders of tomorrow. In this article, the authors describe the use of a free whiteboard application called Educreations modeled on an iPad Mini. Students and teachers are able to use this tool to create video tutorials that are then archived learning tools to be accessed at any time (in learning centers, e-books, at home, and so on). Educreations is just one example; there are many options on the market. Students' work in any of these whiteboard applications can be shared privately among peers and parents but should not be published publicly on an open forum without consent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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