Interactive Notebooks Going Digital

18 November 2015 / 4 comments
Interactive Notebooks Going Digital

I'm Sandy with Sweet Integrations. I love using interactive notebooks and lapbooks in the classroom. Students are always engaged, creative, and seem to learn so much as they create their notebooks. I've been so impressed with the finished products. But, are students more involved in coloring, cutting and glueing rather than learning the material? When using interactive notebooks, there is so much paper wasted! The whole classroom is a mess.
Interactive Notebooks with scissors, glue and crayons

Have you thought about using your computers or iPads in creating digital interactive notebooks? By using technology, students can add images, text, audio, graphic organizers and video to their digital notebooks. Students have the opportunity to use their computer or iPad to do their research and add either YouTube videos or create their own video. This is a excellent way to incorporate technology and 21st Century Skills. You can differentiate and students can work in collaborative groups. I use digital notebooks for research and teaching informational text. But, they can be use for any subject.

I would suggest that you stay organized and make sure to keep one step ahead of your students. Give the students options in creating their notebook but list everything that will be required to have in the notebook. I create headings on each page of my template.

If you only have laptops, develop your template in:
- PowerPoint
- Keynote
- or Google Slides

If you want your students to use iPads for their digital notebook, the slides can be saved as jpgs and imported into the BookCreator App. Book Creator now has the option of creating comics.

- Video - Videolicious; iMovie, Green Screen or VeeScope Live (Here's a tutorial by a student in using Green Screen.)

- Graphic Organizers - Tools4Students 
There are 20 different graphic organizers to select from. They can be completed, saved, and imported into Book Creator.

- Images - When using PicCollage, students are able to just type in the topic and free images just pop up. Students can text, icons and color to PicCollage. This is a wonderful addition to any digital notebook. You can also use graphics sold for digital notebooks in digital notebooks.



  1. I love this idea but am a little stumped where to start. My grade level (5th) just went 1:1 iPads and I would love my students' interactive notebooks for social studies to be digital. What suggestions do you have for starting and where do students store them? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi Erin, you can email me at I have some ideas for you.

  2. I have been using interactive notebooks in my classroom with 5th graders for the past 3 years. This year we went 1:1 with chromebooks and also became a Google Classroom. I am wanting to do away with the paper version of interactive notebooks and go digital. I am wanting to use the paper sheets within google slides and can not seem to get it to work. Any suggestions one what to do? Thanks in advance for your help.

  3. You can always pull the digital slides you want to use. I have Google Slides I created for Interactive Notebooks. I'm going to send you the link. Just delete slides you don't want to use and save under a new name. This is what I did for Project Based Learning. Let me know if this helps.


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